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6 days ago  
He's a ginger, it doesn't matter.

Moving on.
 
6 days ago  
OK, so this is Australia? So even the fruit trees are trying to kill you.
 
6 days ago  
Yeah, I also don't recommend playing catch with citrus fruits out in the sun.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  

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
 
5 days ago  
Sap.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  

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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5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
...and all of you heathens thought Jesus had no idea what he was doing.
 
5 days ago  
why are doctors baffled?
This is a pretty well known thing.
 
5 days ago  
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5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
Sounds like Giant Hogweed.

Genesis - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
Youtube gTuJQL8GBqY
 
5 days ago  
To all you fig pluckers: You've been warned.
 
5 days ago  
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5 days ago  
This is why I'm suspicious of Fig Newtons
 
5 days ago  

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...
 
5 days ago  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: [Fark user image image 400x600]


Knucks.

It's good to see the old ways
 
5 days ago  
Did he roll in the sap?

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5 days ago  
Looks like he's getting a big head-start on his Figgy Pudding for Christmas.
Make sure you keep your forks!
 
5 days ago  
Pro Tip: in medical matters, one never wants to be "fascinating".

I also suggest avoiding "interesting".
 
5 days ago  

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In South Africa, that's known as "the toffee"....means about the same , though.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  
A cookie is but a cookie, but newton is fruit and cake
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  

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?
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
My skin gets exposed to Cedar sap = blisters galore.
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
Tree sap is much less of a problem if you prune when the tree is dormant.  It's better for the tree as well.
 
5 days ago  
Never prune a tree in a month with a U in it.

\perhaps applies only to northern hemisphere
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
Yeh

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5 days ago  
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Oh Adam...Eve....not the fig leaves
 
5 days ago  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Sap.


missed the Sappy tag
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  
God hates figs. Now you know why.
 
5 days ago  

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...
 
5 days ago  
 I wear work gloves when I'm pruning things but I was not aware this is an issue.
 
5 days ago  

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


Doctors are not baffled, just reporters. A thing most easily attained.
 
5 days ago  
Bunbury

Is an anagram for

Buy burn

Coincidence?
 
5 days ago  

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.
 
5 days ago  
Always wore long sleeves and pants when working in the sun, to avoid sunburn if nothing else.  A hat with a good brim, too.
 
5 days ago  
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.
 
5 days ago  
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