Friday, October 12, 2012

Poly Nose

When I was a kid these were called polynoses. Of course, now adults, we call them samaras (really, who does?). Maybe the reason they were called polynoses then was what we did with them: peeled the flat end into two, placing the sticky out-folded ends onto the bridge of our noses, giving us multiple noses -polynose.


  1. I STILL call them poly noses. I'm a kindergarten teacher, that's what I tell the kids they are too. I never knew the real term. I also show them how to properly wear one if that helps. Lol

  2. I do! I call them samaras! As a child I call them helicopters, but polynose is much funnier.

  3. My (Brooklyn-born) mother taught me to call them "Polly noses" - with that spelling, because it referred to sticking them on your nose to make a parrot nose.