“From the valley of the jolly (ho, ho, ho)…Green Giant!”
How many of you remember that jingle for Green Giant brand vegetables? I sure do! In fact, we still eat Green Giant canned and frozen vegetables fairly often. (We especially like their corn nibblets and baby peas.) We’ll be eating some of the corn nibblets tonight, as a matter of fact.
The jolly Green Giant of the vegetable variety is precisely that: a large, green humanoid who wears a pointy green hat and funny clothes and strange shoes. He doesn’t look very menacing, but if he stepped on you it would bode well, my friends!
Today is a photo of a green giant. Well, not really, He only appears to be a green giant because it is a macro shot. On Sunday afternoon, this dead critter was discovered in the back yard. I meant to shoot him on Sunday afternoon (but forgot) and then again on Monday afternoon (but forgot). For better or worse, I remembered today.
I think this is actually a member of the grasshopper family, though he looked a bit different than the kind of grasshopper I’m familiar with from the great state of Iowa. He has bulging red eyes (spooky!), long, droopy feelers protruding from his head (scary!), his body is plated with armor that can deflect high velocity rounds from an M-1A Abrams tank (well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration) and he can fly (faster than a speeding bullet, or maybe a slow bullet?)
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the Cloverdale Jolly Green Giant!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 42 BC, Marcus Junius Brutus, a leader in the plot to kill Julius Caesar, committed suicide when his cause was lost and he was defeated in battle at Philippi by Marcus Antonius (Anthony) and Octavian (who would later defeat Anthony and become known as August Caesar).
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: all you arachnophobes (people afraid of spiders) will be thrilled to know there is an average of 50,000 spiders in a one-acre patch of green, grassy land. They are, though hated by many, very beneficial as they consume over 100X their number in other insects.