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(io9)   The smell of freshly cut grass is actually a plant distress call, which means we're all sadists and the trees might actually be trying to kill us. WHOOOOOOOOSH   (io9.com) divider line 151
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2010-08-27 04:43:16 PM
/facepalm at article.
 
2010-08-27 04:43:53 PM
DNRTFA.

how are we using 'distress'? an airplane plant makes babies when it is in 'distress' and needs to be repotted. if anything, when it goes to seed, it is in 'distress'.

// okay, I'll read TFA
 
2010-08-27 04:44:59 PM
bales: well, if the plants signal is designed to provoke a reaction, i don't think the smell would be a distress signal. we like the smell, so we want to cut more grass.

doesn't seem like a well thought out plan on nature's part, and i've never known nature to be stupid. studies on the other hand...


I don't know about that, just look at how much grass we plant.
 
2010-08-27 04:46:24 PM
Frothy Panties: They're trying kill uuuus.

Treees..treees of deeeeeath!


I really hate that I read that with their voices.
 
2010-08-27 04:46:55 PM
img819.imageshack.us

Just one tree has Colossal size, natural armor, damage reduction, hundreds o' hit points, and enough limbs ta make a dozen or more attacks per round.
 
2010-08-27 04:47:06 PM
satanorsanta: Cataholic: "Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?" And the angel said unto me, "These are the cries of the carrots, the cries of the carrots!"

This is necessary.


LIFE feeds on
 
2010-08-27 04:47:31 PM
The irony is that injured plants actually do put out harmful substances.

The reason that chili peppers are hot has very little to do with their wanting to be in picante. Few insects can tolerate capsicum. Few pepper plant eating critters, either.

The same with nicotine. Very poisonous to most insects, and if most of the nicotine wasn't burned up in cigarettes it would mess you up.

As far as trees go, though it smells okay at first, tea tree oil really stinks all to blue blazes, and is pretty persistent.

But it is a back and forth. Plants make stuff that is repulsive, and animals adapt until it tastes yummy.
 
2010-08-27 04:47:42 PM
Good! Grass kicked my dog, stole my wife, and put sugar in my gas tank. Fark grass.
 
2010-08-27 04:49:59 PM
This explains why my backyard looks like a Hitchcock movie right after I get done mowing the lawn.
 
2010-08-27 04:50:10 PM
cache.gawkerassets.com

Anyone see vegetarians with their mouths sewn shut in the future? Tales From the Darkside episode (new window) about plants in distress.
 
2010-08-27 04:52:01 PM
A distress signal? I doubt that. I'm sure that the bugs that eat the caterpillars just associate the smell of the plants innards as the smell of dinner and follow the scent.
 
2010-08-27 04:52:47 PM
Sin_City_Superhero: Good! Grass kicked my dog, stole my wife, and put sugar in my gas tank. Fark grass.

I remember this one time grass and I burned de village, raped de horses and rode off on de wimmin...
 
2010-08-27 04:55:08 PM
dryknife: Freshly cut grass

I'm sorry but I don't see it releasing any chemicals at all. Send it over here, I've got a lighter that might help. For science.
 
2010-08-27 04:56:17 PM
This is like the primary perception theory by baxter - if it's true, we're all sadistic monsters to plants.

although, it is a great excuse to put off weedeating..
 
2010-08-27 04:58:44 PM
The Rules of Luton must be obeyed.

//love that episode
 
2010-08-27 04:59:14 PM
Dubai Vol: God on Lawns
Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:

SNIP

God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.



+20. +30.

+Everything you win for all eternity I love you.
 
2010-08-27 05:00:06 PM
Vegetable rights, NOW!
 
2010-08-27 05:00:47 PM
I used to tell my dad this as an excuse to get out of mowing the lawn. "It's like genocide!"
 
2010-08-27 05:01:09 PM
GAT_00: impaler: I love the smell of fresh cut grass in the morning... Smells like victory.

I hate the smell of fresh cut grass. It smells like sneezing.



This was the exact post I came in here to make.
 
2010-08-27 05:03:02 PM
You know who else liked nicely manicured lawns?
 
2010-08-27 05:04:41 PM
"Everything has a soul. Everything. Even spinach. You pretty much can't win"

/NIOOF
 
2010-08-27 05:05:17 PM
bales: well, if the plants signal is designed to provoke a reaction, i don't think the smell would be a distress signal. we like the smell, so we want to cut more grass.

doesn't seem like a well thought out plan on nature's part, and i've never known nature to be stupid. studies on the other hand...


Well, when a human is attacked by a hungry bear, he or she probably screams instinctively... which may attract more bears. One organisms warning is another ones dinner bell.
 
2010-08-27 05:05:24 PM
24 told us.

/go team venture.
 
2010-08-27 05:05:50 PM
Torchsong: That's actually a really cool neighbor! Hope you got them a beer or something.

Gatorade. I offered beer and he said he really couldn't at the moment.
 
2010-08-27 05:06:55 PM
Could it possibly be that oh, say the predatory bugs that eat the grass-eating bugs evolved to associate the odors that the plants are releasing with the presence of food?

No! No, don't be a fool! Its the PLANTS that are sentient! Not the creatures evolving.

Nincompoop.
 
2010-08-27 05:08:03 PM
Many plants are delicious and they are VERY slow moving.
I eat them with tremendous pleasure.
nom
ahem
nom
nom
 
2010-08-27 05:09:08 PM
"what a twist!"

/obscure?
 
2010-08-27 05:10:11 PM
www.iwatchstuff.com


WHAT?
 
2010-08-27 05:13:29 PM
www.ornskoldsvikib.se
Approves
 
2010-08-27 05:14:25 PM
bales: well, if the plants signal is designed to provoke a reaction, i don't think the smell would be a distress signal. we like the smell, so we want to cut more grass.

doesn't seem like a well thought out plan on nature's part, and i've never known nature to be stupid. studies on the other hand...


Speak for yourself, the smell of fresh cut grass is one of the worst smells I can think of. I'd rather drive past the waste treatment plant than somebody cutting their grass.
 
2010-08-27 05:15:10 PM
The Happening is worth seeing once. It is not as bad as everybody says, especially if you like end of the world movies. It has some dumb moments but at least you can just gaze at Zooey.
 
2010-08-27 05:15:44 PM
This was a Stargate episode.

/and old news.
 
2010-08-27 05:18:48 PM
too bad they cant run when they smell the gas from my mower. or hear the farker start up. damn roots.
 
2010-08-27 05:19:35 PM
This is no longer a plant thread. This is now a pictures-of-Zooey thread.
 
2010-08-27 05:21:24 PM
madeinhead.org
 
2010-08-27 05:23:50 PM
neglogon: If my allergies are any indication, yes, they are trying to kill us.

Darn pollen.

If plants would stop using the air that I breathe as a conduit for their sexual conquests and reproductive behavior, maybe I'd sympathize.

Till then, I'm cutting down their turf. Deal with it.
 
2010-08-27 05:24:39 PM
bales: well, if the plants signal is designed to provoke a reaction, i don't think the smell would be a distress signal. we like the smell, so we want to cut more grass.

And predators like the smell of blood. They want to eat more meat. When someone is killed, other predators (and scavengers) move in because that's where the food is. Maybe it's the same way for herbivores. The scent of dying plants is intoxicating, and other herbivores maybe move in on the scent of chewed plant life because that's where the food is. I don't know.

The dying deer/human can't do anything, but it screams its pain anyway. And its blood warns other herbivores. Maybe it's the same for plants. Since everything has to balance, maybe Nature's distress call does exactly what it's supposed to do.
 
2010-08-27 05:24:50 PM
CornFedIowan: This is no longer a plant thread. This is now a pictures-of-Zooey thread.

If thats the case, then this thread is total FAIL.
 
2010-08-27 05:25:16 PM
i love it when the grass grows high in my yard....sure it might look unkempt to some but to me it looks like nature exerting its right. I also love it when Fall comes around and all the leaves start falling off the trees and litter the yard with its colorful palette. then once in a while i mow the lawn and pick up the dead leaves and take satisfaction in restarting the cycle over again....each and every season offers something visually exciting.
 
2010-08-27 05:25:20 PM
"The Happening" was a really really really bad movie. Not as bad as "The Chick in the Pool" though...or whatever it was called.
 
2010-08-27 05:25:54 PM
Candygram4Mongo: neglogon: If my allergies are any indication, yes, they are trying to kill us.

Darn pollen.

If plants would stop using the air that I breathe as a conduit for their sexual conquests and reproductive behavior, maybe I'd sympathize.

Till then, I'm cutting down their turf. Deal with it.


Your immune system was just ASKING for it. I bet you even trimmed your nose hairs.
 
2010-08-27 05:28:00 PM
whammer: The irony is that injured plants actually do put out harmful substances.

The reason that chili peppers are hot has very little to do with their wanting to be in picante. Few insects can tolerate capsicum. Few pepper plant eating critters, either.

The same with nicotine. Very poisonous to most insects, and if most of the nicotine wasn't burned up in cigarettes it would mess you up.

As far as trees go, though it smells okay at first, tea tree oil really stinks all to blue blazes, and is pretty persistent.

But it is a back and forth. Plants make stuff that is repulsive, and animals adapt until it tastes yummy.



This, too. Thank you, Whammer. You've got proof (and it's the opposite of mine), where I've only got hypothesis.
 
2010-08-27 05:29:00 PM
Vegetarians are vertebrate-centrist bigots.

/apathy to differing 'nervous systems'
 
2010-08-27 05:29:07 PM
One Bad Apple: Candygram4Mongo: neglogon: If my allergies are any indication, yes, they are trying to kill us.

Darn pollen.

If plants would stop using the air that I breathe as a conduit for their sexual conquests and reproductive behavior, maybe I'd sympathize.

Till then, I'm cutting down their turf. Deal with it.

Your immune system was just ASKING for it. I bet you even trimmed your nose hairs.


No. *gasp* I PULLED THEM OUT BY THE ROOTS!

I'm such a whore. *sob* *choke*
 
2010-08-27 05:29:15 PM
NeoApathetic: A distress signal? I doubt that. I'm sure that the bugs that eat the caterpillars just associate the smell of the plants innards as the smell of dinner and follow the scent.

Yep. (Though I do believe it is a sign of distress.)
 
2010-08-27 05:30:45 PM
www.breedbay.co.uk

What a pile of fresh cut grass might look like.
 
2010-08-27 05:32:54 PM
Hey Plant, say hi to your mother for me.
 
2010-08-27 05:38:33 PM
www.pocketonline.net

Kusanagi Mamoru is not amused.
 
2010-08-27 05:39:58 PM
The author of this article can go fark himself.

She is what is wrong with science writing for popular consumption.

It's interesting to imagine plants as having truly alien forms of consciousness and communication - different from animals' minds, but sometimes performing similar tasks.

WTF?!

The article describes some findings that tobacco plants will release volatile chemicals when infested with caterpillars that attract bugs who eat the caterpillars.

This is an interesting evolutionary adaptation. However, it certainly does not imply consciousness or a 'mind.'

The author also seems to mistake chemical signaling (albeit very sophisticated) for language! Just because both processes involve 'communication,' does not mean that they are synonymous. Also communication in the form of language is worlds apart from communication in chemical signaling, we just use the same word for both things.
 
2010-08-27 05:43:21 PM
Adjective Bird Whiskey: Plant distress smells great on a nice summer evening.

I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning.
 
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