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A87891899 - Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

Entry: Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus - A87891899
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - U1590784

I was afraid I'd run out of weird stories to tell y'all. Then I ran across this cactus story.

And I imagined FWR's picture...

smiley - dragon


A87891899 - Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus

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Galaxy Babe - heartbroken editor

Thanks for this. Instant karma indeed, no doubt about it. I am sorry but I laughed. Call it gallow's humour. Ian would have appreciated this story. I'll read it aloud to him tonight when I'm alone after his funeral. He'll bellow and pass it on. smiley - cheers

Thank you for teaching me about the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Saguaro cactussmiley - hugI didn't know Snopes.com had a horrors section. I've bookmarked that for perusal at my leisuresmiley - ok

Query: >>W Western states like Arizona<< is "W Western" a typo?

Question: Did David Michael Grundman make the Darwin Awards?

There's an ode to this incident over on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeR3IyT9XkM and I love the dedication: Cactus plugging is quite over-rated
Less fun than I'd first estimated
Karma sure is a bitch
As I'm lying here squished
With all of my hopes perforated.

GB
smiley - galaxysmiley - skullsmiley - footprints


A87891899 - Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus

Post 3

Bluebottle

Is this the Cactus equivalent of a Mexican Wave?smiley - evilgrinsmiley - skull

<BB<


A87891899 - Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus

Post 4

You can call me TC

Interesting.

You certainly learn things around here!

Is there a way you could make it more suspenseful? From the beginning, it is obvious how the story is going to end. Although it's a factual report and not fiction, it would still make a gripping read if one was less prepared for what happens.

And is there really such a word as "shootist"?


A87891899 - Nature Strikes Back: A Gunman's Death by Cactus

Post 5

You can call me TC

The title is a giveaway, too!


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

Thanks, GB. smiley - hug I hope Ian likes the story!

smiley - biro The 'W' was a typo, I fixed it.
smiley - biro Grundman was a Darwin Award recipient. I added that fact, and a link. Which reminds me: should we add a Category for 'Darwin Awards'?
smiley - biro'Shootist' is indeed a word, used here ironically, because 'shootist' implies expertise at firearm use. 'The Shootist' is the title of a Western novel and movie starring the quintessential John Wayne. I have not seen this movie because I have a John Wayne allergy.

And last-not-least, as the Germans used to say,
smiley - biro I'm boring, and was writing about my outrage at ecovandalism. I didn't know anybody wanted suspense. Much better idea! smiley - smiley I went back and changed the title, a header, and a few sentences here and there. Read it and tell me if it's more suspenseful now.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

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You can call me TC

(Is "suspenseful" a real word?) smiley - tongueincheek


Thank you - you've done a decent job of taking my idea into consideration. I'm not sure if it has become more suspenseful, having already read it. Perhaps a cactus story virgin would be a better judge.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

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Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - rofl I like it, a cactus story virgin...maybe we'll find one.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

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Galaxy Babe - heartbroken editor

I like the new title smiley - ok

And yes, we need a Darwin Award category.smiley - biro


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

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minorvogonpoet

This is fun and carries a good message. smiley - biggrin

No saguaro here, but I bet there have been trees that fall on people trying to chop them down.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

Post 11

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - laugh I'll bet you're right.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

Post 12

ITIWBS

Without getting started on jumping cholla stories*, a tale of a giant cholla**, which grows ~16 feet in height, with 5" spines bedded in cotton and 6" succulent leaves it loses only to drought or frost.

One day I noted a large black fly seated on one of the axils of a giant cholla growing in my garden late in the afternoon, just as the sun was setting.

Looking at the fly I was unwilling to thrust my hand among the spines to shoo it away.

Similarly, I was unwilling to use an insecticide since that might injure the plant.

Explaining this to the plant (I talk to plants), I remarked that doing something about the fly on its axil was on the cactus.

The following morning when I looked the plant over, I found it had grown out a 1" spine during the night directly under the fly, neatly impaling it.




*http://tucsonhappenings.blogspot.com/2010/01/jumping-choll-cactus-real-or-fiction.html

The most dangerous cactus in the American southwest, also called the 'teddy bear' cactus, or 'hanging chain' cactus, which is suggestive of their mode of attack.

There is a debate as to whether they really jump or not.

Trust me.

They do.




**http://www.instagram.com/p/BWI9G_sACBf/

One of the safer and saner garden suitable cacti.

Saguaros are not chollas, but a ferrocactus variety.


A87891899 - Man v Cactus: The Saga of David M Grundman

Post 13

Dmitri Gheorgheni

The whole Southwest is just spooky. smiley - winkeye


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