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White on black? Or black on white?

By Debra Dobbins


Quick! Do zebras have black stripes on white or white stripes on black?

Even with a 50-50 chance, I got the answer wrong. Zebras, according to Wikipedia, have white stripes on black.

Wikipedia also notes that the term “zebra” came into English in the 1600s from Portuguese. The Portuguese probably borrowed it from a Congolese word.

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