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Philander Seabury
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Well shit!  This answers an age old question that I apparently never ddged or googled until now.  I always thought it odd that the hemlock tree was poisonous, and it turns oot it is snot, the tree was named after this poisonous plant because the smells are similar,

Poisonous weed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium_maculatum

Non-poisonous tree: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga

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16 minutes ago, Page Turner said:

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...I was surprised to see this plant reported up in the Dakotas, and along the Canadian border. Most invasives from the Mediterranean are not that hardy.

I find it fascinating that there are plants that have figured out a way to kill and eat us, as we decompose.

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Wow, besides being depressing, this map is interesting in showing how most states east of New Mexico have small counties and most of the ones in the west have huge ones.

Oh, and also, 2014 was a )(*&^^ of a long time ago!  :runcirclsmiley:How far has this shit spread now?

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On 3/27/2022 at 9:21 AM, Philander Seabury said:

https://apple.news/AJbbIdxeBRT6OiHPoDDRmHA

Well shit!  This answers an age old question that I apparently never ddged or googled until now.  I always thought it odd that the hemlock tree was poisonous, and it turns oot it is snot, the tree was named after this poisonous plant because the smells are similar,

Poisonous weed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium_maculatum

Non-poisonous tree: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga

The Athenians made Socrates drink poison hemlock and Plato's last work on Socrates, The Apology, gives the sad account of how he began to feel the numbness in his body spread until he died.  Socrates was convicted of misleading the youths of Athens by telling them they didn't have to respect the Greek gods and related things.

But Socrates did a stupid thing.  Socrates had the opportunity to request an alternate punishment instead of the standard death by hemlock.  Something reasonable would surely have been approved if he was convicted and he was convicted by a vote of 280 to 221 by the 501 jurors,

But Socrates had requested that the alternate punishment be that he got a pension for life from the government of Athens!  Apparently, he figured that would cause a majority to vote him not guilty because they weren't going to vote him a pension so the only possible sentence would be hemlock and they wouldn't want him to die.  He was 30 votes off!

The wisest man on Earth and he blew it!

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