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  1. carlie says

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

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

  2. 'Tis Himself says

    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.

  3. Trebuchet says

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

    @PZ: Is Mary dropping you hints?

  4. Josh, Official SpokesGay says

    And people wonder why I’m a vegetarian vagitarian.

    Fixed.

  5. A. R says

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

  6. madscientist says

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

  7. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

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

  8. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

    And people wonder why I’m a vegetarian vagitarian.

    Fixed.

    I wonder what a “Vagan” would be?

  9. gussnarp says

    @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?

  10. David Marjanović says

    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).

  11. Antiochus Epiphanes says

    Plants are just covered with these

    Not liverworts.

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

  12. AlanMac says

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

  13. Ogvorbis: Dogmaticus sycophantus says

    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?”

  14. lorn says

    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.

  15. Sili (I have no penis and I must jizz) says

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