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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Cactus Con

As some of you already know, I have a lucky bamboo plant that I call Bertram.  It may sound silly, but since my dorm does not really support most pets, keeping a plant is the next best thing.  And so, a year this past March, I've been taking care of a rapidly growing houseplant.  This is the first time I've had a plant and it's lasted more than a few weeks.

Today, I finally decided it might be fun to get another plant.  I thought it might brighten up my dorm room for this coming school year.  And, since the local drug store was carrying tiny cacti (for only $1.99!) I thought that might be a fun plant to start with (either that, or one of the $5.00 orchids I found at the grocery store).

So, I was checking out the cacti (all tiny and cute-- some with little flowers on top).  And that's when I discovered a clever, if not distasteful deception.

There was something funky about the base of the flowers.  As I leaned in to get a closer look, I realized that these were not natural flowers (well, they might be real flowers, but they weren't naturally a part of the cactus.  They were fixed on with a hot glue gun.  And it wouldn't have been so bad if the workmanship weren't so shoddy; you could actually see the opaque strands of glue where the flower was attached!

Needless to say, I didn't buy a cactus.


  1. Those crooks were just trying to make a buck.


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