Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Friday, May 29, 2009

What you should not give a friend with no sense of humour

Giving flowers has always been a nice way of appeasing friends, gods and the like. A few flowers that they may not appreciate very much, unless they have a functional sense of humour:



1. Rafflesia arnoldii, the world's largest flower, in Bahasa Indonesia called the Bunga Bangkai, from Sumatra. Bright red and beautiful, it is pollinated by flies, and because it is pollinated by flies, it stinks to the skies of rotting flesh.



2. Amorphophallus titanum, the Titan Arum, from Sumatra again. An unbranched inflorescence (the world's largest), not a flower. Again pollinated by flies, and therefore about as fragrant as a rotting horse. If your friend has a sense of humour, a very pretty thing to give.



3. Stapelia gigantea, in German the Aasblume, from southern Africa. The flowers are hairy, and stink of, yes, rotting flesh again.

It's a mystery to me why the world's largest flowers are also its most foul smelling.

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