- PI is often referred to as invasive (at Harvard, no less) despite the fact that the feds define ‘invasive’ as nonnatives that do such-and-such. That’s because in the hard-fought battle to define the word for purposes of program funding, the nativists won. Another native species many had hoped to see designated as invasive is the common deer, but enough said about that. Don’t want to piss off the animal rights folks because they’re SO not fun.
- PI was introduced to England in 1640 – invasion being a two-way street.
- PI has been thrust into the spotlight lately by the news that climate change has caused an increase in both its growth rate and its itchiness. I found an interesting take on this news from a site "Exposing and Combating the Liberal Media Bias" – if only – who counter that so-called global warming has also been found to decrease the potency of nicotine in tobacco and hey, why aren’t we hearing about that good news?
- Most fun of all, Wilderness Way Magazine recommends eating a leaf of poison ivy daily to immunize yourself against its effects. Yum.
So after minutes of exhaustive research, I still can’t tell you what’s up with the PI Rights League, though I suspect they’d get a laugh at my efforts to figure them out.Posted by Susan Harris on July 5, 2006 at 3:33 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.