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Wednesday, May 14, 2003
 
God does has a sense of humor

Giant Plant Blooms in Stinking Splendor

A giant Amorphophallus titanium plant nicknamed 'Mr. Stinky' starts to bloom in front of spectators at the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, May 12, 2003. In addition to being the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, in June of 1998 'Mr. Stinky' was the first Amorphophallus titanium plant to bloom in the United States since 1939. Originally thought to die after blooming, this Titan is the first in the United States to put on three spectacular, smelly showings and has grown to seven feet and one inch. The titan is known for its intensely powerful stench that lasts for over eight hours. (Marc Serota/Reuters)



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