the birds and the bees

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 28 23:38:34 UTC 2011

Heh heh.  The young at heart know that "'rental units" means parents.

Heh heh.


On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> At 9/28/2011 01:08 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >Sometimes,
> >indeed, the flower papa lives on an entirely separate tree, or bush, from
> >the flower mamma, as in the date-palm and others; but when he does, he is
> >always sending her love messages and gifts by the birds and the bees.
> With date-palms, is it not bees but wasps?  And in 1887 did Emma
> Marwedel also explain that each type of date-palm had its own
> particular wasp, with anatomy particularly suited to ... um,
> penetrating the flowers of that species of palm?  (I sincerely hope
> I'm not off-base on this, or I'll have to speak to my mother.)
> Joel
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