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(Mother Nature Network)   Here are 10 things you may not have known about Johnny Appleseed. Wait, does anyone know 10 things about Johnny Appleseed in the first place?   (mnn.com) divider line 39
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2014-04-26 08:03:55 AM
I knew all of those. I grew up down the road from his monument on Appleseed Lane.
 
2014-04-26 08:21:32 AM
it's a shame that his popularity eclipsed all the good work done by Timmy Garlicbulb.
 
2014-04-26 08:33:26 AM
I knew a guy in college who claimed to be descended from him.
 
2014-04-26 09:41:05 AM
I grew up in Massachusetts, within an hour's drive of Leominster.  Like my fellow students, I was properly indoctrinated with most of the facts from the article.
 
2014-04-26 09:58:24 AM
Now sing me a tale about a Bunyun comma Paul.
 
2014-04-26 10:02:08 AM
His great grandson, Carl Kudzu, is much less beloved.
 
2014-04-26 10:10:22 AM
Everyone knows who sewed the first American flag.

DUH!
 
2014-04-26 10:21:55 AM
Well, I know his Associated Powers are Epic Charisma, Fertility, Health, and Industry.
 
2014-04-26 10:38:41 AM
I know one thing about Johnny Appleseed: That bastard owes me five dollars!
 
2014-04-26 11:00:35 AM
He used the cyanide harvested from unused seeds to kill unbelievers
 
2014-04-26 11:28:12 AM
So basically, the dude was a hippy that liked apples.
 
2014-04-26 11:34:12 AM
Believe it or not, Johnny Appleseed was taught to me in elementary school, as fact, so I'm kind of shocked I wasn't lied to.

The story made an impression because trees and apples are two of the best things on Earth. What a guy.
 
2014-04-26 11:37:50 AM

SilentStrider: I knew a guy in college who claimed to be descended from him.


Did the ol' apple seem to have fallen far from or near the tree?
 
2014-04-26 11:54:52 AM

SilentStrider: I knew a guy in college who claimed to be descended from him.


I am. My dad's first name is Johnny.
 
2014-04-26 12:02:43 PM
Cornholed Red Adair, when he was only 3
 
2014-04-26 12:04:32 PM
the sun and the rain and the apple seed.

(anybody?)
 
2014-04-26 12:12:26 PM
Yet no one talks about his cousin, Johnny Rapeseed.
 
2014-04-26 12:12:52 PM
I can't find the citation, but I once read that English land charters granted to colonists actually required the recipient to plant apple trees on his new estate, mostly because it was a reliable source of healthy juice (and eventually cider).
 
2014-04-26 12:19:46 PM

SpdrJay: Everyone knows who sewed the first American flag.

DUH!


I thought that was Hellen Keller?
 
2014-04-26 12:27:13 PM
Wait, does anyone know 10 things about Johnny Appleseed in the first place?

Isn't he a cartoon pony or something?
 
2014-04-26 12:27:14 PM
Everything I know about Johnny Appleseed was from reading The Botony of Desire. Great book, I recommend it.
 
2014-04-26 12:39:51 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed
he had religious objections to grafting and preferred wild apples to all named varieties.

Does this come from his Swedenborgianism religion or is similar to the Old Testament Jews who were against mixing things (fibers in clothes, plants in a field) as being unnatural abominations.

http://salempress.com/store/samples/agriculture/agriculture_applesee d. htm  says:
According to legend, when someone tried to convince Chapman of the superiority of grafting, he replied, "They can improve the apple in that way but that is only a device of man, and it is wicked to cut up trees that way. The correct method is to select good seeds and plant them in good ground and God only can improve the apples." For Chapman, then, grafting was artificial, and planting seeds was the natural way to expand orchards.
 
2014-04-26 01:50:32 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: SpdrJay: Everyone knows who sewed the first American flag.

DUH!

I thought that was Hellen Keller?


No, hellen keller was the first to discover and fly through the nw passage. Too bad she hit an iceburg.
 
2014-04-26 02:05:17 PM

Fano: Cornholed Red Adair, when he was only 3


Yea, but Red Adair got to fark Ginger Rogers so he had that going for him which was nice.
 
2014-04-26 02:22:14 PM
Wait, does anyone know 10 things about Johnny Appleseed in the first place?

No, and that's the point.
 
2014-04-26 02:34:31 PM
What you DON'T know is that Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan were lovers. Paul didn't name his ox "Babe"-- That was his pet name for Johnny.
 
2014-04-26 02:36:26 PM
I grew up in Leominster.

*ahem*

They called him
Joooooohnnny Appleseed
Dreamed of all the people he could feed
Wiiiiith his apples
Johnny Johnny Appleseed!
 
2014-04-26 02:45:46 PM

EvilEgg: I knew all of those. I grew up down the road from his monument on Appleseed Lane.


My mom worked at the information booth for the Allen County Genealogical Society during the Johnny Appleseed Festival. One year after college I didn't have a Halloween costume so she joked that I could wear the *pioneer woman* costume she'd made for when she volunteered. Favorite costume ever.

/Harry Balls Drive
 
2014-04-26 02:48:24 PM
Farking autocorrect.

/Harry Baals Drive
 
2014-04-26 02:59:10 PM
11:  He once killed a man in Reno just to watch him die
 
2014-04-26 03:27:42 PM
I'm actually a descendant - he was a great (not sure how many greats) grandfather on my mother's side. Long ago I tried contacting one of those "trace your family history" web sites to see if I could get more detailed info. I was bluntly told they don't deal with fictional legends.
 
2014-04-26 04:00:18 PM

freakingmoron: EvilEgg: I knew all of those. I grew up down the road from his monument on Appleseed Lane.

My mom worked at the information booth for the Allen County Genealogical Society during the Johnny Appleseed Festival. One year after college I didn't have a Halloween costume so she joked that I could wear the *pioneer woman* costume she'd made for when she volunteered. Favorite costume ever.

/Harry Balls Drive


I grew up in Allen County.  I took my sons (both in their 30's now) to see his grave when they were very young.  They both still remember going there.

/csb
//they should have named the government building after Harry Baals
///still pissed they ignored the votes received
////Baals
 
2014-04-26 04:27:08 PM

SilentStrider: I knew a guy in college who claimed to be descended from him.


jrg1199: I'm actually a descendant - he was a great (not sure how many greats) grandfather on my mother's side. Long ago I tried contacting one of those "trace your family history" web sites to see if I could get more detailed info. I was bluntly told they don't deal with fictional legends.


That's fascinating since Appleseed did not believe in marriage for himself (he would be united with women in heaven) and his extensive estate documents don't list any heirs.

While some rural women may have been impregnated by a traveling bum, claiming that he was Johnny Appleseed is just wishful thinking, unless there is a conspiracy to suppress his religious advocacy and practice of free love.
 
2014-04-26 04:45:26 PM

Metaluna Mutant: Yet no one talks about his cousin, Johnny Rapeseed.


He was the black sheep of the family. While Appleseed was spreading apples out west Rapeseed was raping his way to the Pacific. Talk about Manifest Destiny.
 
2014-04-26 05:18:52 PM
There's a FANTASTIC episode of the 1950s JIM BOWIE series that had Johnny Appleseed in it.

There's also this.
 
2014-04-26 06:23:36 PM
He's got a big family tree, I got confirmed a descendant of his on my mothers side about 8 years ago.
 
2014-04-26 09:21:19 PM
Didn't know he had children.
 
2014-04-26 09:44:22 PM

jrg1199: I'm actually a descendant - he was a great (not sure how many greats) grandfather on my mother's side. Long ago I tried contacting one of those "trace your family history" web sites to see if I could get more detailed info. I was bluntly told they don't deal with fictional legends.


Blackbarticus: He's got a big family tree, I got confirmed a descendant of his on my mothers side about 8 years ago.


My Aunt did a whole family tree some 30 years ago.. yep, moms side of the family related to him.
 
2014-04-26 11:18:07 PM

Slowdog: I grew up in Leominster.

*ahem*

They called him
Joooooohnnny Appleseed
Dreamed of all the people he could feed get drunk
Wiiiiith his apples
Johnny Johnny Appleseed!


Fixed for historical accuracy
 
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