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But unfortunately, you know what they say about 'all that glitters...'

The tiny, rock-hard fruits of Pollia condensata, a wild plant that grows in the forests of Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and other African countries, can’t be eaten raw, cooked or turned into a beverage.





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And a couple more piccies, 'cos they're lovely and shiny...




 
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I just heard about these this morning. Apparently they are not pigmented, but rather the surface reflect certain wavelengths of light by refracting it around in layers at the surface. Supposedly one of the most reflective living things known on earth.
 
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Even if you didn't like the taste, you could hang them on your Christmas tree.
Or, in floral displays.

 
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Sunflowers!

From the Ringworld story by Larry Niven, one of the best future mythologies ever.

 
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and what if we DONT know what they say about all that glitters?
 
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Devon Olsen wrote:and what if we DONT know what they say about all that glitters?



All that glitters is not gold.



 
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oh ok ive heard that before lol
 
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damn, and here I was hoping this was a conversation of the browncoat variety. guess I'll have to just look elsewhere in the 'verse for one...
 
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the indigo bunting is a bird that has a similar type of sun reflection..if you saw the bird in NO sunshine it would appear brown, but when light reflects off of it's feathers it appears the most beautiful blue
 
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wow. so why is it that they can't be turned into anything editable? it just says they are rock hard. just wondering.
 
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John Polk wrote:Even if you didn't like the taste, you could hang them on your Christmas tree.
Or, in floral displays.



Maybe time to revive this thread in time for the Holidays!

Apparently the colour tricks birds into eating it even though it has no nutritional value.

At least they are shiny!
 
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I wonder if you could shoot them in a sling shot?
rock hard and they look round
 
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