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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Monsieur Petri was an assistant to Robert Koch when he invented the Petri dish in 1887. Here are some interesting attempts to express the Petri dish in more familiar English terms: the pea tree dish; the pee tree dish (!), the petty dish, and the peaty dish. See also jorkel’s even farther out there . I guess the petty dish might be the closest of the bunch to eggcorn territory.
Algebra Review Problem: Miss Brinkman has done an experiment. She originally started with 200mg in her pea tree dish sample, and she noticed that after 3 hours the sample had doubled. If this trend continues, how much will be in the sample after a day?
Worse, they crammed into a single room leaving no space for comfort. “The little gem of a guesthouse, which we later called the orphanage before renaming it pee-tree dish room of death, will give me nightmares for the rest of my life”, she says.
Wikipedia notes that a Petri dish can be used to grow “small moss plants” in addition to culturing cells. Though I couldn’t find any examples directly linking moss and “peaty dishes”