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Posted: 20 June 2007 03:37 PM
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‘Flowers grow from steel’

A Chinese man has reportedly found flowers growing from a steel pipe in his vegetable garden.

Grandpa Ding told Sohu News: “I was cleaning the pipes, then my hand touched something fluffy.”

Ding says he was surprised to see the patch of tiny white flowers growing on the smooth steel.

“The stems are slimmer than human hair, and altogether there are 38 small white flowers on top,” he said.

The flowers open in the mornings, then close when the sun grows strong. Each flower has a diameter of 1mm.

Ding has consulted his neighbours, who believe the flowers are the legendary Youtan Poluo flower, which blossoms only once every 3,000 years.

“No soil, no water. These flowers can bring me good luck,” he added.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 03:37 PM   [ # 1 ]
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I wonder if this is real, any one care to research it?  I am too lazy.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:13 PM   [ # 2 ]
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Couldn’t it just be some kind of fungus that’s attached itself to the pipe?

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:14 PM   [ # 3 ]
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I saw the picture.  They look sort of like a fungus.  Which would grow anywhere it is warm & moist.

(Also..it’s Ananova.)

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:15 PM   [ # 4 ]
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There are plants that can grow without soil, I would like to know if they have roots into the steel or if they are just sitting on it.  From the looks of it it could be a fungus.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:17 PM   [ # 5 ]
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Maegan - 20 June 2007 08:14 PM

I saw the picture.  They look sort of like a fungus.  Which would grow anywhere it is warm & moist.

(Also..it’s Ananova.)

I have no experience with ananova, is it a spoof site?  Or joke news?

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:25 PM   [ # 6 ]
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Umm…It’s not quite reliable all the time.  😊

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:28 PM   [ # 7 ]
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It’s a soft news site which makes no attempt to verify their reports.  They don’t necessarily make things up themselves, but other people do and get reported on there so you can never trust anything from them.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:30 PM   [ # 8 ]
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I have found the story in other places also.

This blog (are blogs reliable?) has some more info

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:32 PM   [ # 9 ]
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That new site includes such dandies as “Dog Gave Birth to Kitten Like Pupyy”.  😛

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:34 PM   [ # 10 ]
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Ooh, “Pollution Caused 150,000 Kilogram Fish’s Death”.

That’s one BIG fish.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 04:39 PM   [ # 11 ]
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Sounds reasonable.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 06:35 PM   [ # 12 ]
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Alex - 20 June 2007 08:13 PM

Couldn’t it just be some kind of fungus that’s attached itself to the pipe?

Those do look rather like fungus sporangiophores, or maybe moss sporophytes.

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Posted: 20 June 2007 09:38 PM   [ # 13 ]
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shhhhhhhhh Don’t tell the old guy.  He really thinks they are flowers.

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Posted: 21 June 2007 12:49 AM   [ # 14 ]
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http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/a/256550.htm They’re eggs, probably. (slow link)

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Posted: 21 June 2007 06:41 AM   [ # 15 ]
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Yes Lacewing eggs here are pics:

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