Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Yet Another New Foe

A new Eurasian foe has appeared in our training area at Fort McCoy. Kashmiri seperatists? HIG? Taliban? Al-Qaeda? No, even more insidious and able to look innocent... behold, the Wild Parsnip!

When the Occupational Health nurse at Fort McCoy handed out these cards - my first reaction was incredulity ("They have evil plant trading cards up here?"). Then I noticed the "Avoid Me!" exhortation. Finally, I saw the 'Series 1 #11' mark.

How many dangerous plants do they have in Wisconsin?

I can see it now - "Ja, ol' Sven won't be joining us for ice fishing this year. A sessile poison ivy/strangler vine hybrid got 'em while he was deer hunting."

UPDATE: Series 1 #3...


Blogger Inner Prop said...

I told you! You all laughed, but I told you we shoulda been briefed when we demobed.

When we mobed to Afghanistan we got a briefing on the "Dangerous Animals and Plants of Iraq" (yes, I said we went to Afghanistan and we got an Iraq brief, they were a bit confused).

I told you when we demobed we should have gotten a briefing on the "Dangerous Animals and Plants of North America."

I guess I was just ahead of my time.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

It makes me kind of want to know what the first 10 are...

12:32 PM  
Blogger haji-o-matic said...

DO NOT stand NEAR kudzu. Do not SLEEP in a field near kuzu....it will SWALLOW you and your vehicle WHOLE!!! Run away!

How dangerous can parsnip be dammit.
Haven't seen any dangerous plants here in Afghanistan....except for the dealy dust weeds (shudder)

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Simon Peter said...

What's with the picking on Wisconsin? First it's our deer, now it's our wildflowers. Sheesh!

I tell you the most dangerous thing in Wisconsin is a flatlander driving on the Interstate. Them's is dangerous!

6:13 AM  
Blogger Major John said...


But the entire Wisconsin State Patrol exists to extract revenue from them, er...keep them in check!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Simon Peter said...

And that sir, is the *only* reason we keep the borders open! :-)

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got into the parsnips this spring, I have a nice 1.5 inch brown spot on my kidney area i was told to expect it to remain for another year or two. The itch and initial rash and intch was slightly worse that a stong case of poison ivy.

Still good to avoid.


2:04 PM  

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