Teaching A Cactus The Japanese Alphabet

Could plants communicate with us, if we had the right way of listening? The wife of a Japanese researcher gives her cacti a language lesson:

The chief of research for Fuji Electronic Industries has constructed special instruments which translate the electrical output of plants into modulated sounds, giving voice to a cactus. Relying on her affinity for plants, Mrs. Hashimoto looks forward to actual conversation with her cactus…Convinced it possesses an intelligence, she is determined to teach it the Japanese alphabet.

15 Comments on "Teaching A Cactus The Japanese Alphabet"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Feb 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

    Could we have a new Republican front runner?  Or at least a potential VP candidate to balance out the ticket?

    We all know that SC sh*tcanned Romney because he’s a Yankee.  Fair play.  But this cactus is special.  It’s got that rough-and-ready Southwestern charm thing going on and seems much more intelligent than Rick Perry.

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

      I don’t know, if the Republicans were to choose one of our Plantae brethren as a candidate, I’m afraid it would be something more like this:

  2. No folow up?  You don’t say!

  3. These cacti… I wonder if they’re of the psychedelic variety…

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 8, 2012 at 2:12 am |

      If that is the case we should be focused on learning the cacti alphabet – hyperdimensional glossolalia awaits!

      • Jin The Ninja | Feb 8, 2012 at 10:04 am |

         peyote makes for strange days.

        • Calypso_1 | Feb 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |

          And nights – but oh the places inbetween; crepuscular rays of shifting form in which the shapeshifter learns the art hieroglyphic transubstantiation.

          • Jin The Ninja | Feb 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

            `shapeshifter` -seems father peyote teaches everyone through similiar avatars, i had quite an interesting time with an anthropomorphic wolf and a talking tree.

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |

            Did the tree speak Entish? : )

          • Jin The Ninja | Feb 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

            word-sounds-picture-ideograph-emotion language no language all language;)

          • You guys must be trippin’, are you on that wacky backy?

  4. Jin The Ninja | Feb 8, 2012 at 10:00 am |

    ohayo gozaimasu, cactaur-chan!

    \(~O~)/おはよぉ

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