In article <ILC8zu....@kithrup.com>,
Dorothy J Heydt <djhe...@kithrup.com> wrote:
>In article <ddtrh4$pg...@reader2.panix.com>,Farm kids are known to gnaw on the stalks of various plants (Thus
>James Nicoll <jdnic...@panix.com> wrote:
>>In article <9JidnfnIVNXA7Z_eRVn...@giganews.com>,
>>David McMillan <spamt...@skyefire.org> wrote:
>>>James Nicoll wrote:
>>>> At some point someone in Japan must have thought "Say, this
>>> Now we just need to find a Canadian equivalent, and we'll have the
>> Hmmm. Do I tell the milkweed story or the deadly nightshade story?
the grass stalk sticking out of the mouth stereotype: the shoots can be
tasty). Milk weed tastes pleasant. It's also, I eventually found out,
a good place to find cardenlide glycosides, which are a poison (and
sometimes a medicine). The symptoms are something like digitalis poisoning
although I think (but do not recommend testing) that to really feel the
effects you need a bird's cardiac system. Birds can have heart failure
simply being held gently in the palm of a person's hand (air horns are
_right_ out ). Apparently monarch butterflies get their nasty taste
and toxic flesh from eating milkweed but I think they eat the leaves,
which it never occured to me to try.
Deadly nightshade is the only plant I have ever been able to get to
1: I am guessing if I had tried the air horn trick on the extremely fierce
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