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Jungle animals

It's been a week of young person's things labeled as representing "jungle".

According to a picture book, there are giraffes and elephants in the jungle.
According to a play session today, there are giraffes and brown bears in the jungle.
According to some new pyjamas, there are giraffes, hippopotamuses, and elephants in the jungle.

Perhaps "jungle" means "any place where large wild animals live which is not a zoo"? Whatever it means, it must include places where giraffes are found.

Misrepresentation at an early age may also explain widespread confusion later over geography and systematics.

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hano
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
"Misrepresentation at an early age may also explain widespread confusion later over geography and systematics"

Sounds like a promising future working for Apple Maps lies ahead...
gillo
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Have you noticed the Disney representation of Africa/India/any jungle you care to name?

I suspect "animals you are never likely to meet at home" = "jungle" for given values of all relevant vocabulary.
easter
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Things like this are why I was x age (I am ashamed to tell you) before I found out that there were no penguins in the North Pole.
moon_custafer
Oct. 18th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
This is why I did not assume Dot and the Kangaroo was set in Australia until I spotted a lyrebird.
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owlfish
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Of course they do!
del_c
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Real houses have chimneys.
momist
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
Don't forget that mis-placed raccoon! Although, to be honest, I didn't really know where raccoons live until I consulted t'internet.
owlfish
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Proof I have not properly sat down and read the book yet and had been thinking that stripy tail sticking out was fora zebra!

I grew up with racoons around. They were the niche equivalent of foxes, only more dextrous at getting into garbage.
stormwindz
Oct. 18th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I remember my mother hating raccoons (when we lived outside Philadelphia, PA) because they got the lids off the bins and dragged dirty nappies down the road... maybe a subconscious reason why I persisted with clothies?
chazzbanner
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm always snapping "savannah!" or "rain forest!" when I hear jungle misused.

stonecircle
Oct. 20th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
We have a story book where leopard seals are friendly with penguins. It annoys me every time I see it. Food not friends!
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