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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's wacky Tuesday

Do you know what these are photos of? If you've ever walked by Washington Square Park this time of year you will recognize the stinky smell of the Ginko Biloba fruit. It is an awful smell. The fruit drops off of the trees and is stepped on by anyone walking by. The smell permeates the air all around and it is nauseating.

From Wikipedia:

Female plants do not produce cones. Two ovules are formed at the end of a stalk, and after pollination, one or both develop into seeds. The seed is 1.5-2 cm long. Its fleshy outer layer (the sarcotesta) is light yellow-brown, soft, and fruit-like. It is attractive in appearance, but contains butanoic acid and smells like rancid butter (which contains the same chemical) or feces[citation needed] when fallen. Beneath the sarcotesta is the hard sclerotesta (what is normally known as the "shell" of the seed) and a papery endotesta, with the nucellus surrounding the female gametophyte at the center.[5]

As you probably know, Ginko is currently thought to prevent memory loss and help in the battle of Alzheimers...but don't get this seed on your shoe or you'll draw heads at the office.

I don't watch Dancing With The Stars but I did see in the news that Marie Osmond fainted on the show last night. Here's a link to the story where you can watch the clip of it. She claims she fainted because she forgot to breathe while she was dancing.

And now, Evan's clip o' the day:

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