I love learning things in unusual ways. Case in point, mistletoe. I always thought it belonged to that class of plants that Monty Python would call “shrubbery.” But, in fact, it’s a parasitic plant that lives its life in the branches of hardwood trees. Who knew?
I found this out thanks to the actions of a man at my local shopping mall. Seems he wanted to collect some mistletoe from the trees in the parking lot for his seasonal kissing activities, and knew exactly how to go about it.
Much to the horror of holiday shoppers, he went to his truck, pulled out his 12-gauge shotgun, and began shooting at the mistletoe. Then he collected the fallen treasure, climbed into his truck, and drove away.
He didn’t get far.
When pulled over by police, he seemed genuinely surprised that shooting mistletoe, or as the police put it, “discharging a firearm in public,” was a crime.
He is now in jail. The whereabouts of the mistletoe is unknown.
Seasonal kissing may be delayed.