Saturday, August 12, 2006

Baby the Corpse Flower Bloom Day

August 10th was "Baby the Corpse Flower Bloom Day", in case you missed it.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has a Corpse Flower, so named because it smells like a rotting corpse. People in Sumatra, where it grows, used to beat it up because they thought it would eat them. Which makes sense. You can smell them from half a mile away and they are as big as a person. Plus they're phallic. And sweaty. Victorian ladies were not allowed to see them. But people are lining up to do so because, did I forget to say, it's the biggest flower in the world. And it's blooming now, live, on the web.