Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Evidence






If you identified the objects embedded in my tire as porcupine quills, you’d win a prize.  If there was one.  Which there isn’t.



Perhaps the fact I find this picture amusing brands me as hard-hearted and insensitive.  If so, my immediate family shares the same affliction(s).  If you’re offended by our amusement, let me assure you we do not find the death of any living creature laughable.  It’s the existence and location of the undisputed evidence as to this particular porcupine’s demise that struck our funny bones.

I’m not the guilty party – nor will I identify which of my sons is the porcupine assassin.  He feels badly enough for having smoked that critter.  (Last summer another of my sons was responsible for the death of a wild turkey on the highway.  We left a blizzard of feathers in our wake.) 

Further amusement was provided for my sons courtesy of yours truly.  When they began pulling the porcupine quills out of my tire, my worry-prone tendencies (crazies?) kicked in.

“Hey, don’t remove them – my tire might deflate!”

Eye rolls, grins and groans of, “Oh, Mom…”

19 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Are you sure the porcupine died? Maybe it was trying to get friendly with the tyre when the car was parked.

Sherry said...

But surely you know Beth...where there's a "Quill" there's a "Qway"... :)

Jaya J said...

hello Beth! welcome back ! despite the tragedy, i do find it somehow funny.

Beth said...

GB:
A lovely & far more appealing scenario, but, alas, the thump/crunch was heard while the car was in motion.

Sherry:
Such a way with words – always. :)

Jaya J:
Gallows humour?

Trish said...

Well, that's kind of what I was wondering too. Doesn't a tire deflate when you pull those thingamajigs out?? I had no idea they were so strong.

laughingwolf said...

yeah, quills are sharp, but not enough to penetrate tires...

one time in n.ontario, we were moving along at 55-60mph [yeah, THAT long ago] on a clear, dry, summer hiway... stupid prairie chicken decided to dive bomb itself into/thru the grille... dad was driving... happened so fast he could not react - he did stop so we could check what it was... damn plastic grilles, even in those days

Lainey-Paney said...

Never in my life have I seen such a thing!

Beth said...

Trish:
Ah, our minds are so alike! Apparently quills are not that strong – the tire did not deflate.

LW:
“yeah, quills are sharp, but not enough to penetrate tires...”
Lesson learned… :)

Lainey-Paney:
Nor had we – so very bizarre. Perhaps the reason for our amusement?

Zhu said...

Wow, I thought they were nails! Better that than running over a moose I guess, I've heard they can do a lot of damage.

I would have left them embedded into the tire too for fear it deflates! So you aren't the only one giving porcupine quills superpowers :-)

DWei said...

I thought those were nails at first.

Can't really blame me though, I've never seen a porcupine in real life before.

Beth said...

Zhu:
The chances of humans surviving a car crash with a moose are not good. Dusk and dawn are the worst times to encounter moose crossing the highway.

Still smiling at your news! :)

DWei:
Porcupines are very interesting creatures to observe – from a distance!

Gary said...

Good story! Did you know that porcupines eat car tires? Really! When people hike up high here, they put chicken wire all around their cars to keep the little buggers from eating their tires. Honest.

Beth said...

Gary:
Seriously? (I’m easily duped…) We put chicken wire around poplar trees re: beavers but I’ve never heard of porcupines eating car tires! Perhaps Ontario porcupines have different tastes… ;)

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

I never would have guessed quills. I'm glad it wasn't you or me who made that contact. And if it makes you feel any better, I, too, would wonder whether a puncture would be the result.

Beth said...

The Bodhi Chicklet;
That does make me feel better! :)

Cipriano said...

Poor little Porky Pine.
So far, with my new car I have ran over a raccoon and in another incident, a massive crazy dog ran INTO the side of my car as I was driving. Neither one of them died. In fact, the raccoon just kept running in my rearview mirror pretty much just as fast as he was running before rumbling and tumbling the length of my Mazda undercarriage.
They are hardy beasts.
So, let's just pretend that no Porky Pine was killed here, also. In fact, it could be that Mrs. Pine was waddling across the road with a tray of vittles for her family, and what we have here is evidence of the toothpicks that went flying as she veered away just in time. For we know that all Porky Pines always thoroughly clean their teeth right after their meals.
[God! Am I like, on acid?]

Beth said...

Cip:
No acid – just a normal, imaginative & amusing Cip-induced high!

Cheryl said...

Hi Beth,
So nice to see you back! I learned something new from this post, something I would have never thought of in a million years. Who knew? I can understand and agree why humor is the best path to take. Not to be cold hearted, but it is one of the funnier pictures I have come across in awhile. So glad there is no damage to your tires!!

Cheryl said...

Hi Beth,
So nice to see you back! I learned something new from this post, something I would have never thought of in a million years. Who knew? I can understand and agree why humor is the best path to take. Not to be cold hearted, but it is one of the funnier pictures I have come across in awhile. So glad there is no damage to your tires!!