Friday, December 01, 2006

Gordon's Good Fortune

Gordon, proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has the good fortune of discovering the lovely Miss Eloise standing beneath the mistletoe at the village Christmas Social. Not completely unfamiliar with the customs associated with mistletoe, Miss Eloise is surprised to learn that the the dense evergreen clumps of the parasitic plant make excellent locations for roosting and nesting for species ranging from Northern Spotted Owls, Marbled Murrelets, Diamond Firetails and Painted Honeyeaters. Gordon finds it best not to discuss in this festive atmosphere the commonly held belief that the "mist" in mistletoe is the german for "dung" and that it was once believed that the plant originated in bird droppings.


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