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(Chicago Sun-Times)   As if the lightning, tornadoes, rain, and hail weren't bad enough, the Midwest is bracing itself for a Pollen Tsunami   (suntimes.com) divider line 56
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2013-05-21 10:21:14 AM
No kidding, you have a few 90+ degree days and all of a sudden it's TREE ORGY time. A few days ago there was a very thick layer of pollen on the car- looked like a year of dust accumulation.
 
2013-05-21 10:21:32 AM
Nothing new to report here...

/Allergy shots and claritin changed my life
 
2013-05-21 10:21:44 AM
Well, at least the global warming has distracted the press from writing articles about global mass shooting.
 
2013-05-21 10:24:39 AM
For someone that has never had (bad) allergies;  this year is awful.  Went through a box of tissues yesterday.

/whiskey helps
 
2013-05-21 10:25:50 AM

beezeltown: /Allergy shots and claritin changed my life


Thank god for claritin, I'd be an awful mess without that stuff

Or in a benedryl induced coma
 
2013-05-21 10:28:50 AM
OH THE ACHOOMANITY
 
2013-05-21 10:28:55 AM
Don't think of it as allergies.

Think of it as being raped by a tree.
 
2013-05-21 10:29:10 AM
Eww, tree jizz
 
2013-05-21 10:32:39 AM
I vaguely recall someone telling me that we have such a huge problem with tree pollen because most municipalities only plant male trees to reduce the amount of fruit falling in parks and on streets, is that true?
 
2013-05-21 10:34:13 AM
Call pollen for what it is: plant bukkake.
 
2013-05-21 10:39:41 AM
We had our pollen bukkake a couple weeks ago. Now, the front moving in from these storms (my thoughts to all in TX and OK) my bad leg/ankle/foot is so swollen I had to wear slippers to work today. I feel like such a looser.
 
2013-05-21 10:44:01 AM
Here in St. Louis the tree cum gets so thick the cars have a yellow coat.

/Never had allergies before I moved here. Thank goodness claritin is OTC now.
 
2013-05-21 10:47:55 AM
Oh man, the allergy season has been particularly bad this year.  Combine that with it being a major pain in the ass to buy sudafed, and it's a perfect storm.
 
2013-05-21 10:51:22 AM
Article didn't mention that above 90° a tree emits a toxic vapor designed to protect its leaves. Trees aren't really healthy to be around in very hot temperatures.  It's not pollen but it has a nasty effect anyway.
 
2013-05-21 10:51:31 AM

basemetal: Oh man, the allergy season has been particularly bad this year.  Combine that with it being a major pain in the ass to buy sudafed, and it's a perfect storm.


Royal pain here too. Thanks to all the Walter White wannabes, you can't buy Sudafed in my county without an Rx!
 
2013-05-21 11:03:11 AM
I wouldn't call it a pollen tsunami.  I'd go with what it will become - a mucus avalanche.
 
2013-05-21 11:03:15 AM
Maybe it'll help me sing Bass in Virtual Choir #4
 
2013-05-21 11:03:51 AM
Someone remind me again why so many Jebbus Freaks live in the exact places that get hit with the most (pick the one you want) Wrath of God / Darwin Awards?
 
2013-05-21 11:04:10 AM
I prefer the term "arboreal sausage fest".

In any case, I'm a bit surprised that there are any trees left down there.
 
2013-05-21 11:06:01 AM

CapeFearCadaver: We had our pollen bukkake a couple weeks ago. Now, the front moving in from these storms (my thoughts to all in TX and OK) my bad leg/ankle/foot is so swollen I had to wear slippers to work today. I feel like such a looser.


Looser than what?
 
2013-05-21 11:07:39 AM
I currently have sinus and ear infections from allergies, so I'm getting a kick out of this thread...
 
2013-05-21 11:08:47 AM
I started allergy shots again (first time was back in the 80s) about 18 months ago. For the last few years before that, it was claritin daily from March to November, and pseudo daily for a month in spring and August -October.

After shots, claritin plus pseudo every other day, in September only (ragweed is the worst). Not a super cheap answer, but a major life-improvement. And less time spent being interviewed by the DEA, FBI, and some dude with black glasses everytime I try to buy 10 days worth of pseudoephedrine.

/I was on benadryl between age 10-14, every day...fog, baby, fog....
 
2013-05-21 11:10:44 AM

NephilimNexus: Someone remind me again why so many Jebbus Freaks live in the exact places that get hit with the most (pick the one you want) Wrath of God / Darwin Awards?


Are we talking about Cali and earthquakes, Florida and hurricanes, or... ?
 
2013-05-21 11:14:33 AM

BitwiseShift: Article didn't mention that above 90° a tree emits a toxic vapor designed to protect its leaves. Trees aren't really healthy to be around in very hot temperatures.  It's not pollen but it has a nasty effect anyway.


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2013-05-21 11:16:32 AM
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2013-05-21 11:21:40 AM
Y'all are WAY behind...

Arboreal Bukkake season started weeks ago.

/Sucks when your car is red in the morning... and some off shade of yellow by 6PM.
 
2013-05-21 11:22:29 AM
I can hardly go outside anymore. I actually felt my throat starting to close-up from pollen, which has never happened to me before. I have also set personal records for sneezes in a row as well as sneezes in a day in the past seven days.
 
2013-05-21 11:27:37 AM
Bring it.
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2013-05-21 11:28:48 AM

Shadow Blasko: Y'all are WAY behind...

Arboreal Bukkake season started weeks ago.

/Sucks when your car is red in the morning... and some off shade of yellow by 6PM.


My red truck had turned orange by 3pm-ish.
 
2013-05-21 11:30:03 AM

true okie doke: NephilimNexus: Someone remind me again why so many Jebbus Freaks live in the exact places that get hit with the most (pick the one you want) Wrath of God / Darwin Awards?

Are we talking about Cali and earthquakes, Florida and hurricanes, or... ?


Don't forget the Northeast and the deadly snow storms...or Hawaii and the volcanoes...
 
2013-05-21 11:32:11 AM

Chabash: I vaguely recall someone telling me that we have such a huge problem with tree pollen because most municipalities only plant male trees to reduce the amount of fruit falling in parks and on streets, is that true?


Certainly.  That is why they prefer trees with unisexual flowers.  Unfortunately, trees with unisexual flowers are mostly wind pollinated which makes them very bad for allergies.  Insect pollinated trees cause very few pollen allergies, but usually have stamens and carpels in the same flowers (to improve pollinator efficiency) making fruit production unavoidable.  The best solution is to plant clones of sterile trees.  Some clones of natural sterile mutants are available, but getting more sterile species and varieties quickly would require genetic engineering.  Cities willing to spend a lot of money to plant no pollen trees also have large numbers of anti-genetic engineering folks who would kill all city trees to prevent franken-tree induced autism.
 
2013-05-21 11:46:59 AM
Or plant fruit trees for the hobos
 
2013-05-21 11:48:28 AM
Well at least its not a Pollenapocalypse.
 
2013-05-21 11:54:32 AM

stuffy: Well at least its not a Pollenapocalypse.


YET.......

FTS

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2013-05-21 12:02:12 PM

ChipNASA: stuffy: Well at least its not a Pollenapocalypse.

YET.......

FTS

[c.o0bg.com image 371x239]


Looks like my car did a few years ago.

All of the rain we've gotten this year really has turned the tree pollen up to 11. It's ridiculous. I have blood coming out of my sinuses.

/can't complain about the rain though, a far sight better than the drought last year
 
2013-05-21 12:04:55 PM

Skywolf the Scribbler: Or plant fruit trees for the hobos


Most cities prefer large trees making fruit picking difficult.  You might have a lot of hobos breaking limbs trying to reach fruit.  Also, fruit production for most trees is very seasonal.  Other food sources would be required to maintain a large hobo population to consume all of the fruit when it ripened.  If all of the fruit is not eaten by hobos, fruit trees would worsen rodent and bird pest problems.
 
2013-05-21 12:11:58 PM
Oh, yeah.

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2013-05-21 12:14:37 PM
Yes, we're getting hit hard in MI and we've just started. Tissues, Claritin and the AC are necessities every spring.
 
2013-05-21 12:15:28 PM
I have considered wearing a nausicaa style mask in the Spring, but I have not found one comfortable enough to wear in the heat.  I am also worried about being shot by law enforcement if I were to wear a gas mask while carrying around equipment for work.  Every spring I get motivated to make a daft punk style helmet with built in powered filtered air flow similar to the $400 'trend airshield pro', but I have not had time to make a working prototype yet.
 
2013-05-21 12:20:51 PM
Isn't that what tornado's are for?  Getting rid of leaves and trees and hence pollen?

Sort of iggorant about Tornado's.  I'm good with hurricanes, floods, blizzards and the occasional wild fire.  Nearly forgot - also good with burst dam but that's not strictly weather per se though related.
 
2013-05-21 12:21:36 PM

BitwiseShift: Article didn't mention that above 90° a tree emits a toxic vapor designed to protect its leaves. Trees aren't really healthy to be around in very hot temperatures.  It's not pollen but it has a nasty effect anyway.


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2013-05-21 12:23:16 PM

BigLuca: BitwiseShift: Article didn't mention that above 90° a tree emits a toxic vapor designed to protect its leaves. Trees aren't really healthy to be around in very hot temperatures.  It's not pollen but it has a nasty effect anyway.

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Apparently, when it's 73 degrees, my desk emits a toxic vapor designed to keep me from seeing Fark posts.
 
2013-05-21 12:54:18 PM
Is this the thread where everyone whines about their allergies?
 
2013-05-21 01:14:12 PM

Vegetative reproduction: I have considered wearing a nausicaa style mask in the Spring, but I have not found one comfortable enough to wear in the heat.  I am also worried about being shot by law enforcement if I were to wear a gas mask while carrying around equipment for work.  Every spring I get motivated to make a daft punk style helmet with built in powered filtered air flow similar to the $400 'trend airshield pro', but I have not had time to make a working prototype yet.


Have you considered nasal filters?
 
2013-05-21 01:28:09 PM
Everyone with alergies needs to Neti.  It changed my life.

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2013-05-21 01:34:28 PM
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It's already here.
 
2013-05-21 01:49:18 PM
Pollen Tsunami?  no, no, no... you've got it all wrong!  It's a Plant Bukkake Party...
 
2013-05-21 01:58:54 PM

Honest Bender: Vegetative reproduction: I have considered wearing a nausicaa style mask in the Spring, but I have not found one comfortable enough to wear in the heat.  I am also worried about being shot by law enforcement if I were to wear a gas mask while carrying around equipment for work.  Every spring I get motivated to make a daft punk style helmet with built in powered filtered air flow similar to the $400 'trend airshield pro', but I have not had time to make a working prototype yet.

Have you considered nasal filters?


The reviews I read for nasal filters were not very positive.  I find it tiring to breath through a gas mask with relatively large filter surface area.  I don't imagine nasal filter surface area is sufficient for easy breathing.
 
2013-05-21 01:59:26 PM

Marine1: ChipNASA: stuffy: Well at least its not a Pollenapocalypse.

YET.......

FTS

[c.o0bg.com image 371x239]

Looks like my car did a few years ago.

All of the rain we've gotten this year really has turned the tree pollen up to 11. It's ridiculous. I have blood coming out of my sinuses.

/can't complain about the rain though, a far sight better than the drought last year


Raleigh has this every year, it was early April this year IIRC.
 
2013-05-21 02:12:34 PM

NephilimNexus: Someone remind me again why so many Jebbus Freaks live in the exact places that get hit with the most (pick the one you want) Wrath of God / Darwin Awards?


There's a lot of opportunity in Chicago.

/ never considered it part of the Bible Belt myself
 
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