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Comment: I was just wondering if you might of heard of the Death by
dandelion story. It basically says that you can kill a person by
capturing them and detaining them and then filling thier belly button with
dirt and planting a dandelion seed inside, once the dandelion begins to
grow and take root, the roots grow into the belly button and inside the
person. The person is then realeased thinking that they've escaped harm
only to find that the roots are growing within them, slowy killing them.

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Little Round-Up in the navel should take care of that.
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Ieuan ab Arthur
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: I was just wondering if you might of heard of the Death by dandelion story. It basically says that you can kill a person by capturing them and detaining them and then filling thier belly button with dirt and planting a dandelion seed inside, once the dandelion begins to grow and take root, the roots grow into the belly button and inside the
person. The person is then realeased thinking that they've escaped harm only to find that the roots are growing within them, slowy killing them.

Wouldn't the released person notice that there's a dandelion growing from his belly button? I mean, how many people do you see walking down the street with a flower growing from the belly button. Maybe the released person is not all that observant, but I know that a dandelion growing out of me would be a kind of clue that not all was well.

This sort of elaborate plotting always reminds me of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies. While Dr. Evil is expounding on some fantastic way of killing Austin Powers, Dr. Evil's son just wants to grab a gun and shoot Austin.

There are things to be said about keeping it simple [Big Grin]

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Dude, ya gots a dandelion growin' out yer belly button.

Goodness gracious, old bean, I do believe you are correct in that observation.

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Little Round-Up in the navel should take care of that.
That's the evil beauty of the plan. The dandelion in and of itself is harmless, but herbicides applied by the victim to the navel are absorbed through the skin, leading to the victims death.

Changes the ruling on the death from murder to misadventure. And the evildoer gets away with it.

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And, of course, during the entire course of detention, the person has to be completely bound so they don't gouge the dirt out of their navel. Furthermore, as soon they are released, they don't immediately take a shower?

ETA: How do you do it if the victim has an "outie"?

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Then you use other applicable orfices.

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1: It'd be pretty tough for the roots, which for dandyions are pretty fine, to puncture the skin, they'd just spread on top of it.

2: if they did puncture the skin, the roots would be attacked by white blood cells and be damaged probably killing the young plant.

3: sweat is fairly acidic and salty, that'd probably stop the seed from germinating.

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Speaking of dandelions, has anyone tried dandelion wine? I'm curious what the taste is like.

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Dandelion roots when growing in the ground are thick like tap roots. Mature plants are hard to dig up. However even if by some chance a dandelion seed did germinate in someones naval, anyone who bathes regularly would wash it away easily.

On the other hand don't swallow the seeds because, like watermelons they could do a lot of damage when they mature inside you.

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That is so true Kitoboo. My mom used to tell me when I was a kid about the guy who ate watermelon seeds and then the vines grew out his ears!

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Sorry. [fish]

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Speaking of dandelions, has anyone tried dandelion wine? I'm curious what the taste is like.
One time, but it was one of my two "way, way, way too drunk" incidents, so my memory of the taste is somewhat blurry. It tasted better on the way down, that much I'm sure of...

I've tasted the leaves in salad, but that was just a big meh. It tasted more or less like ordinary green salad.

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It probably would be possible to kill someone like this if you kept them tied down for days and days, but... they'd probably die of thirst first.
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quote:
Originally posted by kitoboo:
However even if by some chance a dandelion seed did germinate in someones naval, anyone who bathes regularly would wash it away easily.

Right -- that's why Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle used the Radish Cure on the little girl who wouldn't bathe.
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It probably would be possible to kill someone like this if you kept them tied down for days and days, but... they'd probably die of thirst first.
Well you'd have to water the dandelion seedling, so you could water your victim at the same time! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
once the dandelion begins to
grow and take root, the roots grow into the belly button and inside the
person.

Would it only work with a dandelion? Or would another flower kill them just as easily? Great. Now I have a picture of a man with pretty red flowers growing out of his bellybutton in my head. Not pleasant.

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Originally posted by mommyrex:
quote:
Originally posted by kitoboo:
However even if by some chance a dandelion seed did germinate in someones naval, anyone who bathes regularly would wash it away easily.

Right -- that's why Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle used the Radish Cure on the little girl who wouldn't bathe.
[fish]

Thank you for bringing back a nice memory! I used to read those books all the time-and I hated baths when I was a little girl, too. Thankfully, my mother was nice enough not to plant radishes on me. [lol]

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Looks sorta painful http://tinyurl.com/sxop6

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Bugs though... those would work great. I keep thinking of he scene from Heroes Die in which Hari/Caine stumbles onto a torture lecture where the students are learning techniques of implanting spider/bug eggs under the skin. >_>

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On the flip side, I can sort of imagine this becoming a bizarre fashion accessory.

They'd call it...the NavelWeed!

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