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  •  OMG (5+ / 0-)

    that's some scary shit, those snails. Not trying to hijack, I just happened to be reading about those the other day--so far, they seem only to exist in Miami, according to the state. Eep. EEEP! Hope they can keep them contained!

    As to the subject at hand, I knew the water hyacinth was out of control, though I didn't realize how out of control they were. A friend of mine has a pond behind her house, where half the pond got choked with them in an amazingly short time. Hard to believe something so pretty can be so bad :(

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 01:49:03 PM PST

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    •  me, I think the snails are adorable :) (6+ / 0-)

      I'd have a few myself if they weren't such a danger to everything.

      As for the hyacinths, they force people to understand the concept of "exponential growth":

      Q. If we start with a single plant, and the plant colony doubles itself in size every day, how many days after it covers 50% of the pond will it take to cover the entire pond from shore to shore?

      A. One day.

      Boggles the mind.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 02:08:35 PM PST

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    •  Hi luna (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm guessing you are in a warm climate.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 08:58:33 PM PST

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