I remember where I was when I heard the news that Chadwick Boseman has passed away from a long battle with cancer. I was in a tropical jungle up on the hills, taking a brief break, when a friend broke the news that the man who was best known for playing the Black Panther was gone.
And this is my tribute to him, the man that inspired a generation, a man that was perhaps taken before his time.
However brief his life was, the legacy he left behind will resonate for generations to come. Rest in power, Chadwick Boseman.
A character that has undergone more change than any other superhero in the franchise (both in physical appearance and personality), our lumbery friend has always captured the hearts of fans with his helpfulness and humour.
I admit I’m not usually one for jumping on the pop culture superhero comic bandwagon (or copyright infringement, for that matter), but I couldn’t help entertaining this random thought that came into my head a few days ago.
Talk about a delayed reaction.
I wasn’t even watching any Marvel movie or ogling Peter Quill or anything!
Anyway, I know it’s a bit late to the party, but here is my random contribution to the superhero pop culture. Enjoy the Froots of my labour!
Don’t get too Frooty now!
And there’s some other message in there…maybe about the importance of eating fruit or something. Whatever.
Any of you guys out there like plants and growing stuff?
Well, I do.
And as I was happily dousing my usual green amigos one day, it occurred to me…
Now nobody I know goes around intentionally sneezing or spitting on their plants, but it occurred to me that since water and the nutrients contained therein are the most precious gift to plants, how would they feel about our stray fluids?
Okay, maybe stray fluids is not the best choice of phrase.
But you get what I mean…right?
It’s probably as close as we get to petting our green amigos, right?
Wait, do any of you caress your plants?
Now that I think about it, that title is probably going to associate me with some strange things out there on the internet. I admit I’m curious, but not curious enough to punch that into a Google search.
If you’ve been brushing up on your 한국어, then you’ll recall that 내가 means “I” in Korean.
And from the verb 쏘다 (ssoda), which means “to shoot” (pew pew), this Korean phrase 내가 쏠게 means “I will pay” or “my shout”. You can say this at the end of a date if you want to impress your companion and settle the bill, or just want to treat your friends.
It’s a bit more of a slang phrase then the typical formal speech, so try it out to extra impress your Korean friends!
Spiciness is a most curious trait in our world. Certain plants and herbs have the ability to mildly harm or stimulate our senses, not enough to maim or kill us, but enough to make us uncomfortable…and wonder if we should be eating it in the first place.
Chillis and spices are a strange and wonderful bunch that are used in almost every culture, but what could their purpose be?
At the end of the day, are chillis a form of drug – something to stimulate and enhance the senses? Or are they therapeutic?
Do they play a role in selective propagation? Only the animals like birds that are unaffected by spiciness will happily eat the spicy fruit and seed and carry them far away?
Or…are we just being masochists?
Nature certainly works and strange and mysterious ways.
There is an interesting Thai saying that goes:
“A crow holds the chilli in its mouth.”
I’m not entirely sure of its meaning, and how it would translate into English. What do you think it means?