Chickens are reptiles. I bet you didn't know that, did you? My eight-year-old son made that announcement as he poked at the chicken on his dinner plate.
"Bubba," I said, "chickens are not reptiles. They're birds."
"No, Mama. See - they have scales!"
I looked at the chicken on his plate. "Dude, those are just ripples in its skin."
He insisted that they were scales. "And do you know what else, Mama?"
"What else?" I asked.
"Fish are reptiles, too."
"No, they're not." I said. "Fish are fish."
"But they have scales, Mama!"
"And I suppose you're going to tell me that humans are reptiles, too," I said.
"Well, yeah. I've seen humans with scale skin."
I just shook my head. I think that boy is more mixed up than a feather in a whirlwind!