Baboon Pirates

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Well, I'll Be Hornswoggled!

The Wonders Of Botany

Guess you're never too old to be doing some learnin'.

Know what this is?? A Loofah. Most of you have probably scrubbed your hide with one.

Now, I had always assumed a loofah was the dried-out carcass of a sea cucumber, or at least some kind of phallic coelenterate or echinoderm. At least it had to have its start dunked in seawater, right?

Nope, not a bit of it. Turns out it's a vine-grown gourd that's been peeled & dried: