Welcome to another Alphabe~Thursday. This week is about the letter "S" and I thought I’d share a few Strange Facts from my life while growing up in the South.
Spanish Moss- If you ever venture off the beaten path and drive down oak covered roads you may see Strange long grey stuff hanging from trees. It is an air-feeding plant, not a parasite, and does not live off the trees upon which it grows, nor is it harmful to the trees. Fact: It is not is a good source of toilet paper. It is loaded with chiggers and that’s all I am going to share on the subject.
When it fermented it sounded like gunshots going off in the garage. We were so scared to go out in the garage for fear of losing an eye. Dad included. He waited until the exploding had stopped before sending us out to clean it up. We were stinkin’ silly from the fumes. Most Important Fact: It is highly flammable, burns the hairs out of your nose and gives you the runs. Nasty stuff!
Skunk Ape. Strange. We have a lot of strange creatures in the South. Like the ever illusive Skunk apes. I have heard they stink when they are close by. Fact: Do you think this girl would be out in the swamp at night looking for one of these? Oh H*ll No!
Spook Hill. Strange. If you happen to be in the middle of the State near Lake Wales, there’s a place called Spook Hill. It’s supposed to be a gravity defying hill where your car appears to roll up hill. Fact: It’s an optical illusion. My dad took us there when I was in elementary school. It was one of those 200 mile round trip Sunday drives with bathrooms far and few between. I have astigmatism and couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. And it wasn’t spooky at all. I thought it was stupid actually and was fascinated that so many people drive all the way over to the middle of nowhere to let their car roll down hill.
Well that’s just a few of the Strange Facts from my life growing up in the South. ~Ames
P.S. Stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out some more wonderful "S" stories by clicking here: