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Jul 18 2012

Botanical Wednesday: a pleasant thought

Plants are just covered with these.

(via Visuals Unlimited)

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  1. 1
    chigau (違う)

    god made plants first, right?
    So lady-bits are just a copy.

  2. 2
    A. R

    We’re back to this again I see. :)

  3. 3
    Ramel

    I assume you mean “evil looking reptile eyes”?

  4. 4
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Whoa. Yonic.

  5. 5
    carlie

    Great. I’ve been looking at stomata for decades and never thought that.

    Now I’ll never be able to think of anything else.

  6. 6
    Glen Davidson

    God’s a fourteen-year old boy, apparently.

    Glen Davidson

  7. 7
    'Tis Himself

    Stomas are nice enough, I suppose, particularly if you’re a plant, but I wouldn’t call them a “pleasant thought.” They just don’t seem thoughtful to me.

  8. 8
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Get your mind into the gutter, ‘Tis!

  9. 9
    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    And people wonder why I’m a vegetarian.

  10. 10
    Trebuchet

    Is that a pussywillow? (Sorry, first thing that came into my head.)

    @PZ: Is Mary dropping you hints?

  11. 11
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    And people wonder why I’m a vegetarian vagitarian.

    Fixed.

  12. 12
    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    Well played, SpokesGay.

  13. 13
    nohellbelowus

    What? Covered with chameleon eyes?

    Covered with the Eyes of Sauron?

    Quickly Professor Myers, remove the One Ring from your finger!!!

  14. 14
    a3kr0n

    Guard cells!
    Sweet.

  15. 15
    A. R

    The “Eye of Sauron” does look like a giant flaming vagina floating above a tower.

  16. 16
    some bastard on the internet

    And now I’ll never watch LOTR again.

  17. 17
    navigator

    I wonder what would happen if I used that as my wallpaper at work?

  18. 18
    The Dancing Monk

    It looks a bit like the Blessed Virgin Mary

  19. 19
    madscientist

    Mmm, stomata. I swear it’s not the only thing which attracts people to botany – there are other interesting things like Amorphophallus titanum.

  20. 20
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    It seems to be missing a “bud” though. O.o

  21. 21
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)
    And people wonder why I’m a vegetarian vagitarian.

    Fixed.

    I wonder what a “Vagan” would be?

  22. 22
    gussnarp

    @nohellbelowus:

    Covered with the Eyes of Sauron?

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw that. On the other hand, a friend of mine posted a picture of a cake decorated with the Eye of Sauron on Facebook and it was the first time I thought, whoah, why did you want a vulva cake?

  23. 23
    David Marjanović

    Great. I’ve been looking at stomata for decades and never thought that.

    Now I’ll never be able to think of anything else.

    Seconded (except I’ve seen a lot fewer stomata than you).

  24. 24
    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Plants are just covered with these

    Not liverworts.

    Also, what is the deal with you people? Prurient bunch.

  25. 25
    AlanMac

    Hey guys, if you put 58008 in your calculator and look at it upside down it says “BOOBS”! hehehe

  26. 26
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Many years ago, when Girl was in about 9th grade, Wife and I had the following surreal experience:

    The phone rang, and my wife answered the phone. I only heard one side of the conversation:

    “No, she’s at rehearsal.

    “Now THAT’S a loaded question.

    “I’ll ask. Bill, what’s a stomata and a stoma?”

    I gave a great husband response. “Huh?”

    “R is on the phone. He’s working on his bio homework and he’s having problems understanding stomata.”

    I thought for a moment, and then said, “It’s the pores on the bottom of the leaf that allows carbon dioxide in and oxygen out. The pore has two cells which open and close by swelling.”

    She explained it on the phone. I could tell by the way she was explaining it that he didn’t quite understand a hole opening or closing. “Think of it as a butthole, but instead of the sphincter, it has two cells which get bigger or smaller to open or close the whole.” That satisfied him.

    Then I had to ask, “What was a loaded question?”

    “Oh,” she answered, “He asked if I knew anything about biology.” We laughed. A couple of possible comebacks were tossed around: “We’ve got two kids, so that would be a yes”; or, “Yeah, but we got it fixed.”

    Apart from this being a remarkably surreal conversation, it made us feel pretty damn good that our kids friends will call us for help with homework, even if our kid isn’t at home.

    Of course, later on, I realized that the perfect response to “What’s a stomata?” would have been, “Nothing. What’s a stomata wit’ you?”

  27. 27
    No One

    Convergent evolution.

  28. 28
    lorn

    Never tried a green one before. That is a pretty one. In the spirit of JTK I shall try one on if she is willing.

    No fair, you get a boy up for the game and then it comes to light it is waaaay to small to handle the action. This assuming a plant can give consent. Dirty pool dude … way dirty pool.

  29. 29
    Sili

    Looks a bit too big for me. Like the proverbial hotdog down the corridor.

  30. 30
    Atticus Dogsbody

    Plants are covered in green abalone? Don’t tell the vegans.

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