Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Useless Trivia

Did you know that in a round about way, the word gopher is derived from the same word as waffle?  According to my sources, the furry little creature got it's name from the French word guafre, which itself is a corruption of the Dutch word wafel.  The Dutch word, when translated, means honeycomb.  Makes sense that this eventually came to describe the delicious breakfast treat, but more obscure is how it came to describe a rodent.  Apparently some cajuns down in Louisiana adopted the name because the rodents built honeycomb shaped burrows.  So if you ever find yourself in Louisiana, I would recommend exercising caution when ordering waffles from the menu.
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