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Originally written March 02, 2012 on Sportress of Blogitude:

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Courtesy of @jtbourne comes this photo of one golfer’s particularly painful experience while playing some desert golf. According to the original tweet, this unidentified golfer apparently fell back into a Jumping Chollah during his swing, and as you can see, the situation got a little prickly from there.

For those unfamiliar with the cactus Cylindropuntia fulgida, some relevant qualities of the desert plant:

The “jumping cholla” name comes from the ease with which the stems detach when brushed, giving the impression that the stem jumped. Often the merest touch will leave a person with bits of cactus hanging on their clothes to be discovered later when either sitting or leaning on them. The ground around a mature plant will often be covered with dead stems, and young plants are started from stems that have fallen from the adult. They attach themselves to desert animals and are dispersed for short distances.

Goodness gracious, he resembles what a male, green porcupine suffering through the degrading and emasculating experience of quill loss might look like. Happens to the best of them, I guess.

 

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2 Comments:
  • That is freaking BRUTAL! http://lionsdetroit.com
  • ok, for the record C. fulgida plants use asexual reproduction, and can form thickets. There are often large groups of clones. Yes it would hurt, but it's the desert watch where you are going, the cactus was there before the golf course. I don't feel sorry for this moron at all.
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