You Are What You Eat: Why the Flamingo is Pink

People often say “You are what you eat.” What does this phrase mean? It means that the food you eat makes a difference to your health. The phrase began in 1826 when French lawyer Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote it, but it became more popular in America from 1923 when it appeared in the Bridgeport Telegraph newspaper.

The phrase is generally not used for animals. However, for the Flamingo it is true, and that is why the Flamingo is pink.

The Flamingo has orange-pink feathers. The orange-pink colour comes from the food it eats. 

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Coming up for air

What does it mean if you are coming up for air?

Coming up for air means to take a breather, to have a rest, or to take a break.

Fish have gills, so they do not need to come to the surface of the water to breathe. But many animals that live in and near water have lungs and they must come to the surface of water to breathe.

Therefore, when animals are coming up for air, they are taking a breath.

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Chew the cud

What does chew the cud mean?

To chew the cud means to chew something over and over again.

For humans, it means to think about something over and over again, or to meditate on something – and in the end, the result is a decision or an answer to a problem.

Kangaroo Court

What is a kangaroo court?

A kangaroo court refers to a sham (false) legal proceeding in which a person is denied due judicial process or when the outcome of a trial is determined in advance.

It is considered to have originated in America, in the California Gold Rush of 1849 when people in court trials spoke with leaps of logic.

This meant that their arguments were not fully thought out and they were jumping from one idea to another.

This is called a kangaroo court, a kangaroo trial, or a kangaroo argument.

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