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The Mystery at Storm Lake
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The Mystery at Storm Lake

The fall of 1952 was a busy time of year in Storm Lake, Iowa. Farmers tended to their crops, as the hot, dry summer poured into October, and children eagerly anticipated Halloween. It was especially busy for State Conservation Officer Frank Starr. He spent October burying bodies. A lot of bodies. By his count, there … Continue reading

Satan’s Shroom
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Satan’s Shroom

You all know my penchant for things to be descriptively named, like Death Camas. With a name like that, you know to leave it alone and definitely not eat it. I’m also not a fan of foraging, there are too many poisonous look-alikes out there. I’m not an expert in identifying wild edibles, and likely … Continue reading

Southern Walkingstick: The Toxic Sharpshooter
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Southern Walkingstick: The Toxic Sharpshooter

Walking sticks aren’t very cool unless they’ve got a sword or a blowgun hidden in them. Fortunately, Mother Nature provided us with her own vision of walkingsticks, insects capable of ejecting a noxious chemical spray with astonishing accuracy, blinding its victims. Now that’s cool. Anisomorpha buprestoides is the common walkingstick native to the southeastern United … Continue reading

With a Name like Gifblaar…
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With a Name like Gifblaar…

At it’s core, postmortem work is morbid, and being surrounded by death every day makes its practitioners a bit…odd. Or maybe we were weird from the get go. Regardless, one of our pastimes is discussing how we would kill ourselves*, i.e. “the best way to go.” Morbid, I know. Most of us favor carbon monoxide, … Continue reading

The Trouble with Thistles
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The Trouble with Thistles

People learn in different ways. Some learn by reading, others by observation, and then there are people like me that just need to pee on the electric fence themselves.* * I don’t know who said this. It’s been attributed to Will Rogers, but his estate and museum say it’s not from him. Where am I … Continue reading

I’m Back
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I’m Back

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize. Life and stuff, you know? I stopped to focus on my career. Needless to say, that bit me in the ass. As my colleagues delicately put it, I got f***ed. But hey, it happens. That’s life, right? What hurt the most though, is … Continue reading