You know you’re in France when you start your day with a penis story.

Don’t worry, this is actually safe for work (which is good, I guess, because I’ve been told the world is full of corporate dicks).

I went for a walk early this morning and, as usual, I glanced at the day’s headlines posted outside the Maison de la presse. There are two main daily local newspapers in Nantes: Ouest France and Presse Océan.

“Titan’s penis: finally!” titled Presse Océan.

“Titan’s penis bloomed” claimed Ouest France.

Turned out that the “Titan’s Arum,” also called Amorphophallus titanum, is a giant flower, the biggest in the world, and the plant only blooms for 72 hours every ten years or so. There is one at the Jardin des plantes and it apparently bloomed last Sunday.

That explains the headlines!

(Happy Canada Day, Canada!)

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9 Comments

  1. I Say Oui July 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Your second sentence… ha ha ha. You have a way with words.

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  2. Holly Nelson July 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Wow – you would have thought they would have found a nicer name for it!

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Well, it did draw the crowds…

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  3. Cynthia July 2, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Apparently the flower smells like rotten corpses!

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I didn’t find it smelled at all.

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    1. Zhu July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      🙂

      Reply

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