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2021-06-10 9:28:40 PM  
He's a ginger, it doesn't matter.

Moving on.
 
2021-06-10 9:50:14 PM  
OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.
 
2021-06-10 10:25:14 PM  
Yeah, I also don't recommend playing catch with citrus fruits out in the sun.
 
2021-06-11 4:51:25 AM  
I used to work in Bunbury, WA, writing gold mining training manuals.

Job interview: "Do you know anything about training people, writing manuals, or mining?"
"No, but I've been on lots of training courses, am a good writer and a fast learner"
"OK, we'll give you $x for the first two weeks and if you're any good we'll pay you $y more"
"What if I'm no good?"
"You'll be out by the end of the day."

I was there 3 months (max my visa allowed).

Best place to work, ever. Love Australia. They'll give you a good go to prove yourself.
 
2021-06-11 4:58:05 AM  

gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.


Not just the fruit trees

https://www.discovery.com/nature/Suic​i​de-Plant
 
2021-06-11 5:02:19 AM  
Sap.
 
2021-06-11 5:05:21 AM  
One of my favorite Chiefs in the Navy used to go tell people to "go sit on a fig".

Almost everyone just uncomfortably laughed, those of us who know the evils of figs knew better.
 
2021-06-11 5:25:06 AM  

gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.


Good news, here in North America giant hogweed is spreading. https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.​h​tml It causes the same kind of burns if you get its sap on you.
 
2021-06-11 5:32:11 AM  

gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.


Now I'm REALLY glad I'm just too farking lazy to prune the fig tree that's grown up in our yard. I'm cutting back a vine this weekend and investing in garden gloves hadn't occurred to me but I'm off to Bunnings tomorrow to score a pair. Gardens suck.

/But a Saturday morning trip to Bunnings is always great if you've got a couple of bucks to spare

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2021-06-11 6:11:31 AM  

Aussie_As: gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.

Now I'm REALLY glad I'm just too farking lazy to prune the fig tree that's grown up in our yard. I'm cutting back a vine this weekend and investing in garden gloves hadn't occurred to me but I'm off to Bunnings tomorrow to score a pair. Gardens suck.

/But a Saturday morning trip to Bunnings is always great if you've got a couple of bucks to spare

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I miss Bunnings.... kitted out a 4x4 people carrier with all the kit I needed to drive from Bunbury to Brisbane, via Darwin and Alice Springs, from Bunnings.
 
2021-06-11 6:18:19 AM  
...and all of you heathens thought Jesus had no idea what he was doing.
 
2021-06-11 6:20:03 AM  
why are doctors baffled?
This is a pretty well known thing.
 
2021-06-11 6:20:08 AM  
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2021-06-11 6:24:28 AM  

omg bbq: One of my favorite Chiefs in the Navy used to go tell people to "go sit on a fig".

Almost everyone just uncomfortably laughed, those of us who know the evils of figs knew better.


My grandfather got his ass burned from sitting on a pile of walnut husks. I guess it was memorable.
 
2021-06-11 7:23:24 AM  
Sounds like Giant Hogweed.

Genesis - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
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2021-06-11 7:26:26 AM  
To all you fig pluckers: You've been warned.
 
2021-06-11 7:35:58 AM  
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2021-06-11 7:36:35 AM  
This is why I'm suspicious of Fig Newtons
 
2021-06-11 7:39:06 AM  

Aussie_As: gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.

Now I'm REALLY glad I'm just too farking lazy to prune the fig tree that's grown up in our yard. I'm cutting back a vine this weekend and investing in garden gloves hadn't occurred to me but I'm off to Bunnings tomorrow to score a pair. Gardens suck.

/But a Saturday morning trip to Bunnings is always great if you've got a couple of bucks to spare

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That's probably how D2S imagines Barry...
 
2021-06-11 7:41:03 AM  

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Knucks.

It's good to see the old ways
 
2021-06-11 7:44:21 AM  
Did he roll in the sap?

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2021-06-11 7:59:10 AM  
Looks like he's getting a big head-start on his Figgy Pudding for Christmas.
Make sure you keep your forks!
 
2021-06-11 8:09:22 AM  
Pro Tip: in medical matters, one never wants to be "fascinating".

I also suggest avoiding "interesting".
 
2021-06-11 8:09:34 AM  

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In South Africa, that's known as "the toffee"....means about the same , though.
 
2021-06-11 8:21:55 AM  
Sap poisoning and irritation is not uncommon.  My wife was pruning false bittersweet vines, which are common here in New England.  She got long red "veins" marked in her arms like tattoos that took six months to fade.
 
2021-06-11 8:29:40 AM  
I have no idea if this works for treating toxic sap or even if it's available in Australia, but I can strongly recommend a product called TecNu. It's a wash designed to remove poison oak and ivy oils from skin. After working near poison ivy in my yard, I put in on any skin that might have been exposed and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing it off. It works very well.

One time a small fragment of ivy got stuck in my sock while mowing the lawn. I didn't know it was there so it went untreated. The enormous blister it left on my ankle took months to heal and left scarring.
 
2021-06-11 8:41:44 AM  
A cookie is but a cookie, but newton is fruit and cake
 
2021-06-11 8:48:37 AM  

omg bbq: One of my favorite Chiefs in the Navy used to go tell people to "go sit on a fig".

Almost everyone just uncomfortably laughed, those of us who know the evils of figs knew better.


There is a sexual practice known as "figging." I'll just say that according to the descriptions I've read, figs are not involved.

Bonus: The sap of figs and related fruits contain enough latex to trigger allergic reactions in the susceptible.
 
2021-06-11 8:50:06 AM  
This is crazy.  I have super fair skin, but I've never had that kind of reaction when trimming the fig trees.  I wonder if I just got lucky or this guy was just super sensitive to it.
 
2021-06-11 8:52:22 AM  

omg bbq: One of my favorite Chiefs in the Navy used to go tell people to "go sit on a fig".

Almost everyone just uncomfortably laughed, those of us who know the evils of figs knew better.


Isn't "figging" a thing among some in the BDSM community?
 
2021-06-11 8:54:13 AM  

pheed: I have no idea if this works for treating toxic sap or even if it's available in Australia, but I can strongly recommend a product called TecNu. It's a wash designed to remove poison oak and ivy oils from skin. After working near poison ivy in my yard, I put in on any skin that might have been exposed and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing it off. It works very well.

One time a small fragment of ivy got stuck in my sock while mowing the lawn. I didn't know it was there so it went untreated. The enormous blister it left on my ankle took months to heal and left scarring.


OK wait....ohhhh, sock. As you were.
 
2021-06-11 8:55:12 AM  
My skin gets exposed to Cedar sap = blisters galore.
 
2021-06-11 9:00:39 AM  

ukexpat: omg bbq: One of my favorite Chiefs in the Navy used to go tell people to "go sit on a fig".

Almost everyone just uncomfortably laughed, those of us who know the evils of figs knew better.

Isn't "figging" a thing among some in the BDSM community?


Yes, but tmk they use ginger roots.
 
2021-06-11 9:01:36 AM  
Tree sap is much less of a problem if you prune when the tree is dormant.  It's better for the tree as well.
 
2021-06-11 9:04:44 AM  
Never prune a tree in a month with a U in it.

\perhaps applies only to northern hemisphere
 
2021-06-11 9:15:38 AM  

fzumrk: gopher321: OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.

Good news, here in North America giant hogweed is spreading. https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.h​tml It causes the same kind of burns if you get its sap on you.


Got some of that in MD. It's a biatch to get rid of successfully.
 
2021-06-11 9:17:53 AM  

ukexpat: pheed: I have no idea if this works for treating toxic sap or even if it's available in Australia, but I can strongly recommend a product called TecNu. It's a wash designed to remove poison oak and ivy oils from skin. After working near poison ivy in my yard, I put in on any skin that might have been exposed and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing it off. It works very well.

One time a small fragment of ivy got stuck in my sock while mowing the lawn. I didn't know it was there so it went untreated. The enormous blister it left on my ankle took months to heal and left scarring.

OK wait....ohhhh, sock. As you were.


As long as one doesn't use that particular sock for...another activity later.
 
2021-06-11 9:18:10 AM  
Yeh

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2021-06-11 9:19:09 AM  
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Oh Adam...Eve....not the fig leaves
 
2021-06-11 9:22:09 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Sap.


missed the Sappy tag
 
2021-06-11 9:26:12 AM  
So for a while I did silver processing. Take coin or sterling silver, dissolve in nitric acid, add copper, and get back basically 99.99% pure silver.
At a certain point in recovery, the acid becomes diluted enough to handle fairly safely.  But I learned something. Silver mixed with nitric acid becomes silver nitrate. The stuff they use in photo plates that reacts to UV light.
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Didn't burn, but my hands were black for like 2 weeks.
 
2021-06-11 9:26:33 AM  
God hates figs. Now you know why.
 
2021-06-11 9:36:22 AM  

patrick767: God hates figs. Now you know why.


It's a wonder anyone even looks at figs, muchless prizes them. I mean combine this with all the creepy grotesque stuff about wasps...
 
2021-06-11 9:54:23 AM  
 I wear work gloves when I'm pruning things but I was not aware this is an issue.
 
2021-06-11 10:19:28 AM  

Uranus: why are doctors baffled?
This is a pretty well known thing.


Doctors are not baffled, just reporters. A thing most easily attained.
 
2021-06-11 10:25:04 AM  
Bunbury

Is an anagram for

Buy burn

Coincidence?
 
2021-06-11 10:40:11 AM  

labman: This is crazy.  I have super fair skin, but I've never had that kind of reaction when trimming the fig trees.  I wonder if I just got lucky or this guy was just super sensitive to it.


*Think* I read it the toxicity can depend on the time of year.  So will burn in spring when things are blossoming, then is not-so toxic in fall when sap retreats.
 
2021-06-11 10:52:52 AM  
Always wore long sleeves and pants when working in the sun, to avoid sunburn if nothing else.  A hat with a good brim, too.
 
2021-06-11 11:05:39 AM  
I once used a brush trimmer on a field of cow parsnip. I had painful burns on any skin that was exposed to the sunlight. I would rather get covered in poison ivy than mess with a field of cow parsnip. .
Trees are sneaky bastards.
 
2021-06-11 12:29:17 PM  
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