Thursday, April 16, 2009

Remember when Mum said if you ate an apple core...

...that you would end up with an apple tree growing in your stomach.  Or that if you didn't clean your ears or toenails that potatoes would start to grow.  So I grew up terrified that I would turn into a triffid or an ent, or worse that stalks of celery would start to burst forth from my nostrils.  I could only quake in fear at the thought of blackberry bushes growing from other orifices and the damage that the thorns may do to various bodily parts.  And as a result I was very careful never to digest anything that looked like a seed and in fact grew up with a mortal fear of nuts.   Or maybe you don't remember any of this and my Mum was the only one who managed to induce these fears.

Well I hate to tell you folks but it seems like it was all true.  There is a report that has come out of Russia which states that surgeons who operated on a 28 year old man to remove what they thought was a cancerous growth found a 5 centimeter fir tree growing in his lung.   They believe he somehow inhaled a seed which germinated and grew inside his lung.   It got me thinking that if a single seed can do that then imagine what a few thousand spores could do and I have promised myself never to sniff mushrooms.

So here's a couple of questions.   What words of cullinary wisdom did your Mum give you?  And check out Discover magazine who are asking whether you believe this is true or not.   Let us know your answer here.

18 comments:

Just a Girl said...

Sadly, my mother didn't pass on such knowledge to me. But I do have to say that that story was whacked! It should be on Ripley's Believe it or Not!

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blur ting said...

funny, we have been warned about this before, the same way! Oh, but that photo of fir growing...gross! Is it possible without light?

Terri said...

My mom always warned us to eat the bread crusts and not just the inside part of the bread because "the crust is where all the nutrition is." Not so scary, but I believed this for many years!

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Jen said...

Ha Terri, your bread one reminded me that we were told if you eat your crusts you get curly hair. Like we were supposed to want curly hair. hmmmm.

Dorothy Stahlnecker said...

This is so funny and I'll never swallow a seed again.....

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Lilly said...

What an amazing story - I thought it would be impossible for a tree to grow in those conditions. Mmm what did my mother say to me. Eat your crusts and your hair will grow curly. I love crusts and have eaten them all my life and my hair is dead straight. Guess she lied to me.....some mother, hey?

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Guest said...

Peter - imagine what would appen with a fruit salad

Guest said...

I'm sure it will be

Guest said...

I did wonder about the light but I guess they are forest trees and may germinate beneath a lot of leaf litter before they emerge

Guest said...

Like Jen I had the one about crusts and curly hair too. And I wanted it because all of my male cousins had it

Guest said...

But I did want it Jen - It didn't work

Guest said...

But I did want it Jen and it didn't work

Guest said...

Swallowing doesn't seem to be as bad as inhaling

Guest said...

Like I said above Lilly - I was told the same thing with the same result

Briigt said...

Gross!!! I remember being told not too swallow watermellon seeds. I can't remember why though. Surely my mother didn't think I'd grow watermellons in my tummy?

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Loz said...

Now that would make a mess - but if the flowers weren't fertilised presumably the fruit couldn't grow.

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Maxabella said...

Chewing gum - it never leaves your body so if you keep swallowing it eventually you are just all chewing gum. Good old mum. x

life in a pink fibro said...

Maxabella and I have the same mum, so ditto on that.