Sunday, April 29, 2007


We constantly discover references to the monster used as analogies for oddball biological creations. Hybrids and worse.

Here's this week's, from a syndicated Washington Post article about -- of all things -- an evergreen tree:

"The Leyland cypress (named after its 19th-century discoverer and champion, C. J. Leyland) might be likened to Frankenstein's monster. It is an unnatural creature, a weird cross between two entirely different evergreens, the Monterey cypress and the Alaskan cedar."

Fact is, cross-pollination and cross-grafting date back centuries. Our monster has botanical roots.

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