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Poisonous Poinsettia Plants

When your Aunt Wendy comes to visit for Christmas and starts freaking out about the poinsettia sitting on the dining room table, she's not completely off her rocker. Rumor has it that these popular Christmas plants are poisonous. It all started in 1919 when a doctor claimed a two year-old girl died from eating a poinsettia leaf.


Not surprisingly, florists have a hard time trying to sell any plant that people believe is poisonous. In fact, customers who have received poinsettias as gifts often try and exchange their plant for a different one. If you were trying to convince the public poinsettias are harmless, how far would you go? Can you believe that some people are willing to go as far as eating the leaves on TV?


Laurie Scullin is more than willing to scarf down a leaf or two every year just to prove that these plants won't kill you. They aren't edible either, but apparently, the thick, white, gooey looking sap doesn't bother Laurie a bit. Or the bitter taste. He's willing to do what he has to, to prove that the rumor about poinsettias being poisonous is nothing more than a myth.


What do you think? Has this guy lost his marbles? Does he really eat the leaves or is he just making it up? Take our poll and see what others think. Or leave a comment below and let us know!


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Believe It or Not? Vote!

  • I don't believe he really eats a leaf.
  • He's brave enough to chew on a nasty tasting leaf.
  • Even if he doesn't, I'm willing to munch on a leaf.
  • I don't know.

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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Debating:
"Eri-Prime" wrote: TRUST ME. There used to be more. Really? I Just looked it up and Here is what i found....: At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million (some estimate 300 million or even 600, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be), with a growth rate of under 0.05% per year. A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas  it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion , the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987). During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion. In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now. Because of declining  growth rates , it will now take over 200 years to double again. So, There are definitely more people on earth now...huh? 
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Debating:
"Eri-Prime" wrote: It should be illiegal. we are reducing Earths popluationn ya know? WE NEED MORE HUMANS I don't think we need any more humans right now.. We already Have 7 billion... plus, Not all Humans are gay..(obviously! most humans are straight.) And i think that if you are gay it is a great opportunity to Adopt a child who needs a home. (I'm Mormon Btw, And Mormons get shamed for hating gays...Like seriously? No! Maybe someone should try being a mormon before assuming what we hate and don't hate) 
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