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6th-Apr-2008 08:43 pm
Misc - paper butterflies
I can't tell if the flu has turned into a cold or if my spring allergies have started up early, but I can't stop sneezing. I have some things I need to write, but after dinner I got so tired I curled up on the couch and my brain, it is barely functioning. I think I'm going to curl up in bed with the laptop and hope that I wake up enough that I can get a bit more done before I go to bed, because I won't have any free time at work tomorrow.

I'm trying to decide if I want to go...um...experience this.

A corpse flower nicknamed Bob will be stinking up the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul next week.

The endangered rare Sumatran plant, which blooms about every 15 years, is showing a flower bud and may soon emit an odor of rotting flesh, said Michelle Furrer, a spokeswoman for the conservatory in Como Park.

Strangely enough, the odor attracts horticulture enthusiasts wanting to witness the rare occurrence. More than 7,000 people went to Gustavus Adolphus College to see (and smell) the blooming of a corpse flower nicknamed Perry, Furrer said.

The corpse flower, or titan arum, was discovered in 1878 by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari. The first U.S. bloom was in 1937 at the New York Botanical Gardens. Through 2007, only 122 plants are known to have bloomed worldwide.

Horticulturists at the Como Park conservatory have moved Bob from the greenhouse into public space for visitors to see and smell. The conservatory started a gardener blog and a webcam on Como's website for people to watch the bloom's progress: www.comozooconservatory. org/cons/gardenblog.shtml.

Bob's lettuce-green color will turn to purple at bloom, Furrer said. The flower is growing more than an inch a day but remains relatively small at 25 pounds, she said.

The odor of rotting flesh lasts about two days.

The conservatory is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Also? This may be my most favorite piece of Sylar fanart, ever. I love that it manages to be somewhere between Disney and anime, and yet isn't entirely unthreatening. I would actually read the Heroes graphic novels if they looked like this.

Tick Tock
by =saitenyo on deviantART 

7th-Apr-2008 02:12 am (UTC)
The corpse flower's name is Bob?

8th-Apr-2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
The corpse flower's name is Bob?

Yeah. The Scandinavians up here have very...odd senses of humor.
7th-Apr-2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I would definetely want to experience it then I again I tend to like weird things so who am I say. My biggest complaint with the Heroes graphic novels were how lame and boring Sylar's stories were. I just want Jephie to write about him and no else.

That is such nice pic, I think Sylar himself would like it. I have no idea why I would think that except that I do:)
8th-Apr-2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I only read one graphic novel with Sylar in it (the one that shows how he got from Texas to Zane Taylor's apartment), and I thought it was somewhat out-of-character and I didn't like the artwork. I tried reading a couple of others and got the same feeling, and I heard other people saying the same things, and so I quit reading. Also? I HATE NBC'S WEBSITE. It's so cluttered and irritating to navigate. So I quit even trying to read it.

I loved this picture of him because it's cartoony but it's so recognizably him - she got down the roundness of his nose just perfectly, along with the narrow-yet-square jaw. But in the graphic novel I read, I wondered if they'd even given the artist a picture of Sylar, because he just seemed generically menacing.
7th-Apr-2008 07:40 am (UTC)
I'd go see the flower! It's an EXPERIENCE. (Also, I love Wikipedia. The scientific name made me LOL. *is immature*)

A couple of the graphic novel issues have good art. Just none of the ones with Sylar in them. They seem to go out of their way to make him look as unflattering and fugly as possible.
8th-Apr-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. That "scientific" name just kills me.

I'm glad it's not just me then. I only read one graphic novel with Sylar in it, and I went, "I could excuse ugliness if it at least looked like him...BUT THIS DOESN'T EVEN FRAKKING LOOK LIKE HIM." I mean, he's got such a distinctive face, with the deep-set eyes and huge eyebrows and round-tipped nose, that any drawing of him ought to be instantly recognizable. I felt like the artist for that one just yawned and delivered "generic shadowy villain who couldn't possibly have an ounce of attractiveness or subtlety since, you know, he's eeeevil".
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