Today's Wonder of the World is...the Dandelion!
Flickr photo by EOSXTi
Yes I know...first beards and now dandelions! I'm a sucker for controversy!
But please, before you spray me with pesticide, forget your dandelion battles for a moment and imagine you're seeing them for the very first time. Let's pretend a flying saucer landed and the little green men presented you with a bouquet of dandelions from their home planet. (You have no idea that they're about to take over your yard!)
Aren't they wonder-full?
Take a close look at the curly florets!
Flickr photo by morganglines
How wacky are those loopy things?
Look! When those petals dry up and fall off, the parachute ball opens into a cottony globe.
Flickr photo by ReyGay
You know what dandelion fanatics call that puffball? (Besides a wishie?)
Flickr photo by dictybloke
Make a wish and blow!
I don't know about you, but I'll wish for more time.
Either that or some dandelion art on Etsy.
Photo by papermoth.etsy.com
Photo by lewasdesigns.etsy.com
Perfect if you're wishing for a better night's sleep!
Or maybe you'd rather wish for something to eat.
Flickr photo by reginald dlani
My, you do look hungry!
That reminds me...the name dandelion comes from the French dent de lion, lion's tooth, on account of the jagged edge of dandelion leaves.
Why not have a lion's tooth salad?
Flickr photo by luluisforlovers
But I should warn you. Dandelion greens come with a slightly bothersome side effect. Know what it is?
Hint: there's a reason the French also call them pissenlit.
Got it? No? Let's dissect the word: piss-en- lit...and en lit means in bed.
Yes, dandelions have a diuretic effect.
Sorry, but may I share some other funny names for the dandelion? There's only one more naughty one. It's pisacan, the word for dandelion in northeastern Italy.
Flickr photo by Ingrid0804
(Don't blame me. Signor Wikipedia whispered it in my ear.)
The Lithuanian name for dandelion means sow milk, on account of the milky sap you'll find if you break a dandelion stem.
Flickr photo by !Just In Time!
See, pigs like dandelions too!
The Dutch word for dandelion can be translated horse flower.
Flickr photo by happy rollmops
Appropriate, don't you think?
And the Hungarian word for dandelion means child's grass chain.
Flickr photo by mistybliss
I still wish someone would name it African Crowned Crane flower.
Flickr photo by Three-X
Or maybe cute baby with flyaway hair flower!
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all! Best dandelion wishes to you!