Today I Learned Where Loofahs Come From And I Need To Share This Information

My mind is like a pile of leaves on a suburban lawn. Blown.

Hey! You know these things? Loofahs?

Hey! You know these things? Loofahs?
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The natural kind. Not the plastic pom-poms you get from CVS.

Did you think they came from the ocean? Because ME TOO.

Did you think they came from the ocean? Because ME TOO.
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It’s not (y)our fault!!! Every time you see a loofah, it’s surrounded by OCEAN PARAPHERNALIA.

It's not (y)our fault!!! Every time you see a loofah, it's surrounded by OCEAN PARAPHERNALIA.
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SEE?

SEE?
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IT’S A CONSISTENT MOTIF.

IT'S A CONSISTENT MOTIF.
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Well I’ve got news for you, pal. THIS is where loofahs come from:

Well I've got news for you, pal. THIS is where loofahs come from:
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I know what you’re thinking. That is NOT the ocean. I KNOW. But it’s true! They come from gourds!


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Sponge gourds and luffa gourds, to be specific! And probably other gourds that I’m gonna hear about in the comment section.

First you dry out the gourd.

First you dry out the gourd.
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And then you peel off the skin.

And then you peel off the skin.
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And inside is a freaking LOOFAH!

And inside is a freaking LOOFAH!
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So GET LOST, sea stuff!!! Loofahs are LAND THINGS.

So GET LOST, sea stuff!!! Loofahs are LAND THINGS.
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Also, HUMONGOUS thanks to the incomparable Karen Peterson for leaving this tip at the bottom of my asparagus post. I am learning so much this week!


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