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People in eight different US states have received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, postmarked from China. The USDA is warning people not to plant them.

Pff! I know magic beans when I see them.

When I was a kid, a mysterious vine appeared next to our back door one year. Mother called it the moon vine and kept it watered. Eventually, it grew pumpkins. We figured somebody sat on the back doorstep and cleaned out a pumpkin one Halloween, slinging the seeds to the ground.

I think it’s really weird they haven’t said what the seeds are. Any competent botanist can tell at a glance, so they know. Maybe they’re worried that there’s additives or weird genetic manipulation or something, and if they tell people they’re cantaloup, some bugger will plant them.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 28, 2020, 10:19 pm

Covid-19 vines, obviously.

Had a nice time in East Texas today, where the primitive and backward inhabitants of that region ate lunch at a local restaurant WITHOUT MASKS like they used to do in olden days America. NO ONE HAD A MASK! They weren’t even carrying them!

Clearly we’re all gonna die now. I have to go back tomorrow because some person who carries a purse and isn’t me left her purse in the restaurant and she works for a living, and I don’t….


If I’m not dead myself, I’ll give you a full update on how everyone in there doubtlessly died a horrible death shortly after we left because they weren’t wearing masks and probably the whole little town has been abandoned, the inhabitants that lived sent off to FEMA camps, the town cordoned off, and slated for air strike with a MOAB to prevent the plague from spreading.

Good thing really, we set up a game cam on the property out there and were delighted to see several shots of a nice (fat) doe in daylight and 3 at night as well as some great night time shots of 3 young bucks with nice racks (heh) swigging deer whiskey as they ran by mooning the camera.
So I’ll be able to replace the batteries and the photo card and re-adjust the camera so the afternoon breeze in the bushes doesn’t trigger the dang thing when there’s no animals to be seen.

Comment from Drew458
Time: July 29, 2020, 1:34 am

And yet the Post Office delivers these things. I’m still waiting for a letter from England sent to me more than a month ago. After being in LA limbo for over 18 days, it magically appeared at a sorting center in Jersey City, where it then took 4 more days to move to the next mail center a gigantic 7 miles away. That was a couple days ago, and my letter is once again in limbo, 45 miles away from my mailbox.

I should have known better. I’d have told the sender to mark it “evil Chinese mystery seeds” and it would have been delivered in 16 hours from London.

Comment from Jon
Time: July 29, 2020, 5:06 pm

Might be they’re more concerned about what substance might be on the seeds rather than the seeds themselves? Also could prompt people to open them if they say “Yep, the seeds are perfectly harmless”.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 29, 2020, 5:14 pm

My little town in south Texas has been hard hit by the Wuhan Virus, and the local post office is depleted of healthy workers. we are on a rotation of sorts, because the mail is not delivered every day, and the carriers are working until late in the day, and on Sunday, too. I suspect a lot of post offices in the US are having the same problem.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: July 29, 2020, 6:14 pm

Also, it appears that there are various types of seeds involved. The photos I’ve seen have included at least 3 or 4 different seeds.

Comment from Sam Paris
Time: July 29, 2020, 8:34 pm

Assuming this is some sort of sabotage, the most likely thing would probably be that they are infected with some sort of plant blight that hasn’t made it here yet. Failing that, some plant(s) with the potential to be invasive species.

Comment from Jersey
Time: August 7, 2020, 9:20 pm

I just got some China mystery seeds! Mine look exactly like the ones in Sweasel’s photo. I never win anything!

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