December 11, 2007

First Poinsettias, Now This

According to the New York Times, mistletoe isn’t deadly.

But you still don’t want to make a mistletoe and poinsettia salad.

Aren’t any of the poisonous holiday plants from my childhood still deadly? Damn scientists.

It’s a War on Christmas Decorative Plants Which Are Thought To Be Deadly!

I grew up thinking they were poisonous, kids nowadays ought to grow up thinking that, too. This is some secular conspiracy, I just know it.

Posted by James at December 11, 2007 8:38 AM
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Interesting. Both of the articles talk about toxicity in humans only. I never knew there was much concern about humans eating these plants (they supposedly don't taste very good). I always thought the problem was with pets, some of whom (I won't mention any names) will eat anything no matter how bad it tastes.

Unfortunately, the articles don't say anything about their toxicity to pets, so I still don't know anything new.

If you still want to fool children, I'm sure you can come up with something more contemporary. Like Republicans have tails, or something.

Posted by: Julie at December 11, 2007 9:31 AM

It's not just about fooling children. It's about the real reason for the fear of plants of the season.

Posted by: James at December 11, 2007 9:35 AM

Here's what you do. Tell your daughter to close her eyes and stand under the mistletoe. While she's there, taser her.

Repeat until she's afraid to go near holiday-related plants.

Posted by: David Grenier at December 11, 2007 9:46 AM

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