Today's Wonder of the World is...Kudzu!
You probably know about kudzu. But in case you don't...
This, my friends, is kudzu. See how it's invading this house? A little spooky, huh?
Kudzu is a vine that we love and hate in the South. Once established, it grows about 12 inches a day! No kidding! It tends to take over things.
(Thanks, Jonathan VanBuren!)
And light poles.
He's playing golf.
Sometimes it changes trees into people playing Tag.
Tag! We just talked about Tag! I love it when that happens!
There's a whole zoo of kudzu animals to see HERE.
If we don't watch out, kudzu will get us too!
That man just might be a prime candidate for one of the benefits of kudzu. It's being studied as a treatment for hangovers and preventing alcohol cravings. (Just guessing here. No offense, kudzu guy.)
As wrapped up in kudzu as he is, he also reminds me of the Light People.
Have you heard about the Light People of Pelzer, South Carolina? They wrap themselves up in lights at Christmas time and wave at people passing by. Why? Because it's fun. And to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Aren't South Carolinians great?
Anyway, back to kudzu.
I've heard rumors it's heading towards the railways!
At least its flowers are pretty!
And you can make jelly from them.
And baskets from the vines.
This is Ruth Duncan, a kudzu basket maker in Greenville, Alabama.
She better watch out. See all that green behind her? It might just be about to make its move and send her running, the green tendrils reaching for her feet, as she turns into a screaming basket case!
Or maybe not.
Be careful out there!