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.



6 comments:

  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

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

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  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.

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  4. Just taught the grandkids.the tradition is passed on!by the way it was Queens NY too.now alive in Scappoose OR

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  5. Pretty sure we called them polywags, growing up in B'klyn.

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  6. So...

    Is this the seed/wing of a maple tree?

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