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Found this puzzle in an actual Russian kids book for the 2nd grade:

(my own server host failed as it run out of bandwidth, but now the image is nicely hosted on failblog)

This one is quite a mind twister. No matter how hard I thought about it, I could not come up with the defining characteristic for the last group of objects.

WFT brings them together?  They make sounds? Then why is a boot there?
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:iconkalany:
In English, a better answer could be that they're all compound nouns:
upright piano
grey whale
emperor penguin
cowboy boot
commuter train

Okay, it's a stretch. :-)
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:iconmizu05:
they're all black/grey
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:iconproject-thirteen:
I can't read Russian...and these pictures only brings to mind one thing: Hallucinations.

The only way to decript this is to get a drunken man to "think" out loud.

Okay, I'll try to decript it:

If you're gonna cut yourself in your living room, you'll end up in an ambulance...and the fairy will give you a nickel...with that, you might be able to buy some antiques...and a flood happens and you're either gonna get killed by a piano or a giant whale......Theeeeeeeeeeeeee end.
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:iconfats-t:
actually, it's probably so bloody simple that a grade 2 student would get it and it would blow our minds. anyone have the teacher's edition?
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:iconfats-t:
could it be the first/last letter in their name or a syllable or something along those lines? i don't speak russian so it's anyone's guess.
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:iconstarkhyel:
Whale, Penguin, Boot, Piano, Train... That's clearly about the Apocalypse :D
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:icondrlew:
They're all Right-side up.
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:iconjazuar:
Jazuar Dec 10, 2008  Student Digital Artist
well, if you're crap at fishing then you're likely to fish up any of those

they all pollute the ocean after all
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:iconfalkonorder:
Baleen (whalebone):

-the whale depicted isn't a toothed whale but a baleen whale
-piano springs are/were made out of baleen
-before plastic and flexible metals baleen was used, maybe also on that boot and the bus. It was used for many centuries up till the late 1900's.
-most penguins feed on krill, like the baleen whales (only the larger penguins eat fish and squids)

Maybe I'm completely wrong lol :) btw sorry for the shitty English.
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:iconfalling-stardust:
Ahaha, nevermind, it's already been said.
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