The Romantic Parasite

February 14, 2009 at 11:56 pm 4 comments

Earlier this week I learned that groundhogs could climb trees. I also learned that mistletoe (which is prevalent in Elizabeth City) is stealing from its host tree. The mistletoe penetrates the bark of the tree and snags nutrients and water. That means during the holidays when two lovers are kissing under mistletoe, they are actually kissing underneath a parasite*. Sort of like kissing under a tick… or a tapeworm.

Kissing Under A Tapeworm
Kissing Under a Tapeworm. How Romantic!

And for those of you who forgot your honey today– I remind you that I license everything Creative Commons. That means you are more than welcome to use my tapeworm image in all your professions of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Okay. It is actually a hemi-parasite because it does carry some of its own weight via photosynthesis

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ClintJCL  |  February 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Interesting how we’ve all been deceived…

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  • 2. geekhiker  |  February 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Not a big V-Day fan (I know, shocking), but I’ve always found it hilarious that Mistletoe is a parasite!

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  • 3. tgaw  |  February 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    @ClintJCL – Yeah!

    @geekhiker – I knew your distaste for Valentine’s Day and figured you might get a kick of this particular thought for the day.🙂

    Reply
  • 4. [Hemi-]Parasite at Work « TGAW  |  April 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

    […] 16, 2009 On Valentine’s Day, I pointed out that a romantic symbol, mistletoe, was actually a parasite.  Although mistletoe does make some of its own energy through photosynthesis, its roots also bore […]

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