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PDAZ and the Mysterious Mandrake
Fables and Folklore
"PDAZ's attempts to snag George Clooney have failed miserably, and thanks to the restraining order, her options have been severely limited. She's ready to call it a day and settle for Vince Vaughn when she learns about a plant with mythical powers."
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PDAZ hears about mandrakes and naturally assumes they are male ducks. However, they are plants with legendary roots. What is one possible source of their scientific name "mandragora"?
It's Ancient Greek for "harmful to cattle".
It's Ancient Latin for "when pigs fly".
It's Peruvian Spanish for "beware of llamas".
It's Scots Gaelic for "the feisty haggis".
Initially, PDAZ has little interest in mandrakes as the first thing she reads about them is that they have medicinal properties. For what purpose did early doctors use the root?
As an anesthetic for surgery
To treat athlete's foot
As prosthetic limbs
As a treatment for allergies
PDAZ's interest in mandrakes is piqued when she learns that one of its numerous nicknames is the "Love Apple". Why does it have this nickname?
It's alleged to be an aphrodisiac.
It's grown by hippies in New York.
A kiss causes it to throb.
One bite causes paralysis.
PDAZ reads another myth about mandrakes that is actually included in the Bible. What ability, associated with the story of Leah and Rachel, does the mandrake allegedly have?
It cures leprosy.
It cures barrenness.
It prevents wrinkles.
It prevents sunburn.
PDAZ wonders why a mandrake has all of these mystical powers; she learns that it is because of its shape. What does a mandrake root resemble?
A witch's hat
A four-leaf clover
PDAZ has decided to obtain a mandrake root, and luckily the mandrake legend contains instructions on the best place to find potent mandrakes. Under which location do they best grow?
An intoxicated pirate
A hanged man
A "Mandrakes for Sale" sign
A cherry tree
PDAZ has found a mandrake plant, but she knows that she'll need to be careful in digging it up. What defense mechanism do mandrakes possess?
A tendency to explode
Really sharp fingernails
A deadly shriek
PDAZ follows the recommended method to dig up the mandrake. What is used to pull the plant from the ground?
A divining rod
A really long rope
Having secured a valuable mandrake root, PDAZ begins to prepare a love potion. The root must first be steeped in which acidic liquid?
Despite following the recommended preparation for a mandrake love potion, PDAZ's test run using the liquid on Johnny Depp has no effect. What is the most likely explanation?
The mandrake was exorcised.
The mandrake was a forgery.
The mandrake was throwing a tantrum.
The mandrake preferred Orlando Bloom.
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Compiled Jun 28 12