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I don't know if you have seen the Canada Dry Ginger Ale commercials, but I can't be the only person who is annoyed watching them. Why am I annoyed? Because they seem to be in a corn field every time and yet are trying to imply that these plants are ginger. I grant that ginger plants do have similarities, but what they are showing looks far more like a young corn field than a true ginger field. The leaves are off in shape and placement. Doubtlessly it was done because damaging ginger plants for the filming of a commercial wasn't as cost efficient as using corn as a stand-in, but it is still annoying to me.

Then gain, maybe I am just still irritable about the children's programming earlier in the day where they showed broccoli and bing cherries (among other things) growing on hedges and blueberries up in an oak-like tree. I understand it is a cartoon, but they could at least try to put things in the right places since it was supposed to be educational programming. Sigh. The most frustrating part is that apparently so few people even realize what is wrong with the pictures in question. Even if I am wrong about the ginger, blueberries don't grow on oak trees.
 
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Even the BBC aren't immune...

 
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I kept waiting for a Monty Python comment to happen in there and it never did. Did someone play a joke on the BBC film crew there or what?
 
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It was an April Fool's joke, done in 1957, which was before both my time and Monty Python' time. Honest!
 
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It was an April Fools joke...1957



The BBC received so many inquiries about "How can I grow my own spaghetti tree?" that they replied:
""Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

 
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D. Logan wrote:I kept waiting for a Monty Python comment to happen in there and it never did.



I kept waiting for the Monty Python foot to come down.
 
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So , maybe those sightings of Flying Spaghetti Monsters were actually just crows flying off with nesting materials .
 
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The ginger corn irked me a bit when I saw it, too. Too many kids these days already have no idea what food really is or where it comes from so they don't need more confusing misinformation. That one might be a minor thing but it did pluck a nerve.
 
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Not plants, but I was pretty mortified to see boy cows sporting massive...udders...in that paragon of biological reality, the kid's movie 'barnyard'.
Don't get me started on 'bee movie'.
Oh ok. The worker bees were portrayed as male, the hero had a mum and dad and went to 'honey school'...
Did I mention the child I watched these with didn't seem to appreciate my little corrective lectures?
 
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Yeah. Drones are a strange quirk of nature.
None of them have fathers, but they all have grandfathers.

It is sad enough that children today have so little knowledge about where their food comes from. Let's not fill their heads with misinformation, just because it makes a cute story.

 
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And then, just when you think there is no hope and all is lost, along comes this to teach kids all about flowers and pollination...

 
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