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Thread #165570 Message #3996072
Posted By: Iains
12-Jun-19 - 09:29 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
There are many nasty things found in Irish bogs. One, that is yet another import, is the Canadian Pitcher Plant.
First the victim is lured to the rim of the pitchers by attractive meaty-coloured patterns, and by tempting droplets of nectar. When the victim aarives, it soon loses its footing on the slippery ridges around the throat of the pitcher, helped by hairs which point downward preventing its escape. Victims drown in a watery grave containing digestive juices and detergents for penetrating the microscopic breathing holes along the sides of an insect's body.
The plant increases its chances of making a successful catch by spicing its nectar with intoxicating narcotic, so that the victims roll around in a drunken stupor. The walls of the pitcher are lined with slippery cells, and with no foothold to grab onto, the prisoner slowly falls into the watery depths of the pitcher.