A buck­eye is a nut and a rooster egg is, well, it isn’t

The Arizona Republic - - News - Clay Thomp­son Colum­nist Ari­zona Re­pub­lic

To­day’s ques­tion:

I watched the Penn State-Ohio State game Satur­day. What ex­actly are a Nit­tany lion and a buck­eye? Buck­eye? You re­ally don’t know what a buck­eye is?

A buck­eye is a nut from the buck­eye tree and there sup­pos­edly are a lot of buck­eye trees in Ohio.

I don’t know if there is any par­tic­u­larly good rea­son why there should be a lot of buck­eye trees in Ohio as op­posed to In­di­ana or Penn­syl­va­nia or any other state around there, but there you have it.

When I was a child buck­eyes were thought to be a good luck charm, like a rab­bit’s foot you car­ried around in your pocket. I don’t know why that was, ei­ther.

Our Buck­eye — the town — was orig­i­nally named Syd­ney, after the Ohio home­town of Malin M. Jack­son, who set­tled in Ari­zona and de­vel­oped the Buck­eye Canal from 1884 to 1886. The town’s name was changed to Buck­eye in 1910.

A Nit­tany lion is a tad more ob­scure. It is the mas­cot of Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity and named for moun­tain lions that at one time roamed the area around Mount Nit­tany, which is near the univer­sity. The moun­tain sup­pos­edly got its name from a Na­tive Amer­i­can word that meant “sin­gle moun­tain.”

For what it’s worth, there also is a nit­tany tur­key, a do­mes­tic strain of tur­key de­vel­oped in Penn­syl­va­nia. Is there a dif­fer­ence be­tween rooster eggs and reg­u­lar chicken eggs?

You, sir or madam, are a silly per­son. You have a chicken sex prob­lem. More specif­i­cally, you have a chicken gen­der iden­tity prob­lem. Roost­ers are male chick­ens. They do not pro­duce eggs.

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