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B is for Botany Queez (mmmmm Trees...)

Poll #785571 quiz title

The fruits of which tree got Adam and Eve kicked out of Eden (allegedly)?

What kind of trees drop all their leaves in the fall and become dormant for the winter?

What band busted the charts in 1987 with their album “The Joshua Tree”? Bonus points if you can name the kind of moth that has a symbiotic relationship with the Joshua Tree.

The Lombardy poplar is named after a district of which country?

Who wrote the poem "The Village Blacksmith" which begins: "Under the spreading chestnut tree"?

In what kind of tree was King Charles II concealed after his defeat at Worcester in 1651?

Which tree appears in the Lebanese flag?

The poisonous milky juice of the upas tree is used for doing what?

What was the first line of the poem called "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer?

In Japan, mulberry trees are grown for the raising of which animals?

What kind of tree did the hunter of the Jabberwock rest by?

The Sri Maha Bodhi Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is the oldest human-planted tree with a known planting date. When was it planted?



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Aug. 4th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
extra credit
its them there yucca moths. also, did you know that joshua trees can self-abort pollinated ovum when too many eggs survive?

Aug. 4th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think I missed the point of this one...
Aug. 4th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
aside from the limited research i have done on crop-raising, ceratin ::ahem:: botanical contraband, and the plants i grow for aestehtic/leisure, the only thing i know shitloads about it trees.

hence, y'know, a quiz about trees.
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: trees?
Goddamn carrol. Ida bet a limb it was jub jub. But you know, ANY nonsensical word grouping would have worked.

the flimflam tree.
the crumbun tree.
the shittybuttfart tree.

Aug. 4th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: trees?
i'm pretty sure the lifted lorax lived in the flimflam trees. the shittybuttfart tree is something i hear is native to flushing :-p
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: trees?
they don't flower often, but when they do, watch out.
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: trees?
man, do you really think i need to hear about your brown flower? at least it comes with it's own fertilizer!
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
shittybuttfart trees
are definitely not good for resting under. the others, i agree, probably work equally well.

where are the flare reports? there is fresh blood infusing into the group, and i'd love for him to be mostly up to date!
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: shittybuttfart trees
The flare reports were delayed due to yardwork. I am finishing the hedges, and then posting them to the wiki, and emailing. Who we getting new?
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
pre-pared? does that mean gored beforehand?
why should he be more prepared than the rest of us?
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Re: trees?
All of my answers started with "B". Even when they didn't.
Aug. 4th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
yeah, no - i didn't doo all of the letter quizzes that style, i think i would have an anyeurism - this was a tangentally connected one.

in the future, i'll be sure to call that shit out, so it is obvious who didn't read the directions.

sorry for misleading.
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
this shall be my new icon for all your queezes.

also can "c" be for chocolate?
Aug. 4th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
though you know i hate chocolate right?
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
okay fine
what about cheese?!
Aug. 4th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
The popular conception is that Adam and Eve were booted out of the garden for eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I think lots of Christian sects intentionally perpetuate that misunderstanding, because turning Prometheus into Satan is exactly the kind of thing a Church that thrives on ignorance would do. But the notion of punishing people who didn't know about good and evil until they'd actually committed the crime you're punishing them for is morally questionable at best. Judaism, in contrast, sees the eating of the fruit as man's development into a moral creature.

But that's not what got them kicked out of the garden:

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Emphasis mine. He wasn't kicked out for eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he was kicked out to prevent him from *also* eating from the tree of life, and becoming immortal, and so like one of the gods himself.
Aug. 4th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
i did say allegedly =)

actually, the prometheus>eden connection is one i've explored pretty thuroughly.

there are some schools of thought which claim that adam and eve were created immortal, or, at least, extra durable, as long as they could regularly partake from the fruits of eden. tangentally, this also explains the dwindling longevity of adam and his children.

i have always viewed the bit about the tree of life you quoted as one of the more esoteric biblical lines in the torah. kabbalists beleive it is talking about something other than a physical tree (which is allegedly what they ate from). i wholeheartedly agree that this is misrepresented by many major christian faiths, but in Genesis 3:11-19, he is clearly scolding them for disobeying his orders. from a causation standpoint the active why is very different from the motivational why.

they were kicked out for disobedience, and the act of disobedience was eating from the tree. the rammifications of their actions was the reason why the rule was set to begin with. the reasons for the ban are right on the money with what you are saying.

in a cause>effect sense, we are both right. they got kicked out for eating from the tree (disobedience) but the reason taht they were not supposed to eat from the tree (and the reason that they had to be kicked out) was because it gave them too much power for the garden keeper's sense of safety.

i have always wondered who that garden keeper was talking to... the birds and beasts and crawly things?

ain't mythology grand!?

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