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Look! An alien!

Wow — this is what happens when you neglect to harvest a globe artichoke. That wavy stuff in the middle is vivid purple. Not surprising, it’s just a big ol’ thistle.

I’ve been unplugged most of the day today and the ‘tubes are clogged with the Convention, so I’ll just leave you the flower to stare at.

Still not through my To Do list, and it’s getting on for midnight here 😮

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 31, 2012, 12:26 am

It mighta choked Artie, but it ain’t gonna choke me. #oldjoke

 


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 31, 2012, 12:33 am

I tried–three years in a row!–to grow artichokes, and I just couldn’t pull it off; so I surrendered. Good to know what mine would most likely have looked like. . . as I’d likely have missed the optimum harvest time!

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 31, 2012, 1:48 am

Looks like fungus growing from a Mulattos hybrid rear end

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 31, 2012, 3:44 am

First it was Olympics, now it’s conventions, then it will be wall to wall elections. Roll on Nov 7th, when the Internet can return to its rightful purpose: pictures of cats.

 


Comment from Nieta de Bob
Time: August 31, 2012, 7:18 am

mmm… artichoke, tasty stuff

 


Comment from Redd
Time: August 31, 2012, 2:26 pm

As much as I love artichokes, I’ve ruined too many pots steaming them.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 31, 2012, 2:33 pm

The artichoke is a mystery
Drunken evoution’s spree?
Or God having a bit of sport?
Or simply Mother Nature’s wart?

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: August 31, 2012, 2:33 pm

I love artichokes, but I think the flower is very pretty in an arrangment too.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: August 31, 2012, 2:56 pm

That stuff must be what choked Artie…

 


Comment from Gromulin
Time: August 31, 2012, 3:28 pm

The first human to eat an artichoke must have been one hungry SOB.

 


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 31, 2012, 4:04 pm

The first human to eat an artichoke must have been one hungry SOB.

I’m thinking the potato has it beat by a fair bit, though: you dig up these root bubs on an otherwise entirely poisonous plant. Who does that? Maybe some wife trying to kill her husband, I guess.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: August 31, 2012, 6:00 pm

Okra. Hairy green pod, looks poisonous as hell.

Who took the chance, I wonder?

 


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 31, 2012, 8:01 pm

Manioc, anyone? Even the edible part is poisonous if not processed properly.

 


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: August 31, 2012, 8:38 pm

Fugu –

Japanese (and also some really silly round-eyes, I hear) pay extra to try to beat the odds, eating a fish that’s potentially poisonous if you merely poke your cutting-utensil into the wrong place on it during preparation…

My nomination for The Bravest (Or Hungriest/Most Desperate) Human In History, though, has to go to whoever was the first to try eating a lobster – man, those things don’t even smell very good when “in the raw”, much less look at all appetizing, and they’re mean, dirty fighters; that big claw ain’t just decoration, pal!

BTW – believe it or not, tomatoes run a close second to potatoes in the all-but-one-part-is-poisonous-to-humans category.

 


Comment from Frit
Time: August 31, 2012, 10:50 pm

“BTW – believe it or not, tomatoes run a close second to potatoes in the all-but-one-part-is-poisonous-to-humans category.”

Nightshade family:
The Datura or Jimson weed, eggplant, mandrake, deadly nightshade or belladonna, capsicum (inc. paprika & chile pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, and petunia.

Wheee! :)

 


Comment from jwm
Time: September 1, 2012, 4:07 pm

Yeah, datura. Every once in a while, you’ll meet some tired old hippie who gave datura a try. Once.
No one ever goes back for seconds.

JWM

 


Comment from Becca
Time: September 2, 2012, 2:28 am

Pokeberry leaves (poke sallet) is a poisonous plant unless prepared properly, but parboiled and then fried in a skillet with some bacon grease…wonderful stuff.

I just head out into the woods/fields whenever I get the hankering for it.

 

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