Good Question ‘Reply All’: Potholes, NCAA Ribbons & Flower Show Leftovers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Breanna from Anoka asked: Why are potholes called potholes?

There a few theories to this age-old question. The folklore states that, hundreds of years ago, potters would take advantage of the ruts to dig out the clay underneath. People driving wagons over it didn’t appreciate that so much and called them potholes.

But a more likely answer is that in the 1800s, geologists called the naturally occurring holes left in rocks after a glacier retreated kettleholes — or potholes. More simply put, the cylindrical holes have the same shape as pots.

Taylor from Rosemount wanted to know: What do the red, white and blue ribbons on the floors of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament stand for?

According to the NCAA, they are there to show support for the troops. They have appeared on tourney floors since 2003.

Sharon from Savage: What happens to the trees, plants and flowers after the Macy’s flower show is over?

According to Macy’s, of the ones that are still viable, they are donated to: the Como Conservatory, the Minnesota Zoo and the State Horticultural Society.

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