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Old 13 May 2013, 12:35 AM
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Comment: I just heard a tale from my MIL that sounds like an urban legend.
Supposedly, at an outdoor wedding, the bridesmaids find beautiful ivy to
drape on all the tables. Just before the reception, a guest notices that
it is actually poison ivy, but the damage is done and the entire wedding
part has to have oatmeal baths and caledryl lotion. This seems suspicious
because poison ivy in not particularly pretty and looks nothing like
trailing ivy that is used in floral arrangements.
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Old 13 May 2013, 01:17 AM
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Actually, poison ivy can be very beautiful if it happens to grow in proper sunlight. Usually it is a bit straggly in semi-shade. However, the point about it not forming long trailing growths is accurate, and it would not be decorative as picked anyway. It is also not credible to me that young women who would try to pick plants for the table decorations in a community where the decorations would not have already been taken care of by a planner (i.e. basically a do it yourself wedding - nothing wrong with that) would not know poison ivy. Over half of people are sensitive to poison ivy, and I am sure that well over half of those sensitive to it can recognize it because they need to know.
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Old 13 May 2013, 03:09 AM
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Reminds me of something that happened once. We were on a camping trip out west (about 5 of us) and stopped by a park in a wooded area to eat lunch. As we were eating, some yellow jackets came by to investigate, as they often do in late summer when food is about. We were somewhat adept at being outdoors, and had been camping for about a week, so initially we were not too bothered and just casually brushed them away from our sandwiches before taking a bite and also checking our drink containers before drinking. We also set out some "decoy" pieces of lunch meat away from us, hoping that would distract them. Soon we noticed more and more of them, and they pursued our food with increasing aggressiveness (having actually already devoured the decoys). Finally there were enough of them swarming about that we could no longer safely finish our lunch so we aborted and packed up to leave.

As we were packing up, we noticed in the picnic area nearby several vehicles pull up, including a stretch limo and a catering van. We saw what looked like a bridal party come out of the limo and it seemed that they were having their reception outdoors. We always wondered how it turned it with the yellow jackets.

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Old 03 June 2013, 10:55 PM
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Nothing substantial to add here, but every time I see this thread title in the "Last Post" column I momentarily assume it's referring to the Batman villain.
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Old 22 August 2013, 10:28 AM
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That's what I thought, too...

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Who would believe Uma Thurman would do such a mean thing?
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Old 22 August 2013, 11:53 AM
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It is also not credible to me that young women who would try to pick plants for the table decorations in a community where the decorations would not have already been taken care of by a planner (i.e. basically a do it yourself wedding - nothing wrong with that) would not know poison ivy.
I disagree. I can easily see that happening right here where I live. A small urban area, surrounded by undeveloped countryside.

A lot of people get married with bare minimum expense at places like the state park, at an uncle's farm, at someone's lake house. They get their bouquets and boutonnieres from a florist, but the tables are decorated with granny's linen or Dollar Store plastic party supplies. Gathering greenery for the tables makes perfect sense.
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Old 22 August 2013, 12:52 PM
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But it does seem like if the reception included very many people someone would recognize it right away.
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Old 22 August 2013, 01:41 PM
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But it does seem like if the reception included very many people someone would recognize it right away.
Someone does.

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Just before the reception, a guest notices that
it is actually poison ivy, but the damage is done and the entire wedding
part has to have oatmeal baths and caledryl lotion.
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Old 22 August 2013, 01:50 PM
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I know why the line endings are weird, but it looks like blank verse.

Data point: I had poison ivy growing in the flowerbeds beside my garage and didn't know it until I came home to find a neighbor lady pulling it up. Based on that and some childhood experiences, I strongly suspect I'm not allergic to it -- not everybody is.

ETA: WebMD says about 85% of Americans are allergic to poison ivy. That's a lower number than I would have guessed, and I've heard people insist (without evidence) it's 100%.
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Old 22 August 2013, 01:55 PM
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I am not allergic.
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Old 22 August 2013, 01:59 PM
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I'm about 99.9% sure that my brothers, my daughter and I aren't. My daughter played right next to the flowerbeds full of it, and I'm sure my brothers and I were exposed to it as kids -- we lived and played in heavily wooded areas where it was common.

OTOH, using the wrong laundry detergent or hand soap will leave us red, itchy and miserable.
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Old 22 August 2013, 02:01 PM
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You can acquire an allergy to it upon repeated exposure, even if you were unresponsive to it at one time. Actually, that's a common pattern for many allergens.

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Old 22 August 2013, 02:04 PM
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I'm unlikely to be repeatedly exposed to it at this point in my life. That would have been far more likely when I was a kid.
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Old 22 August 2013, 02:23 PM
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It happened to my Dad. He was non-sensitive in his youth, but he found late in life when weeding his garden that he acquired sensitivity.

I had to recently teach my new wife what poison ivy looked like when I found some growing next to the house. She was raised in Washington state and had never been taught to recognize it.

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Old 22 August 2013, 02:25 PM
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I know why the line endings are weird, but it looks like blank verse.
I noticed that too. I would have fixed it, but I thought it was pretty.
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Old 22 August 2013, 02:26 PM
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If someone noticed that it is poison ivy right before the reception, why did everyone need oatmeal baths?
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Old 22 August 2013, 02:36 PM
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Maybe the guests were sitting at the tables (with drinks and/or appetizers) while the wedding party took pictures? Since the bride and groom hadn't sat down, the reception part hadn't officially started? Or maybe the wedding took place at the reception location, so everyone sat at the tables to watch the wedding?
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Old 22 August 2013, 02:42 PM
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It says the "wedding part[y]" needed baths -- I took that to mean the attendants and maybe the bride and groom, not everyone at the wedding.

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It happened to my Dad. He was non-sensitive in his youth, but he found late in life when weeding his garden that he acquired sensitivity.
I imagine that's a pretty common source of exposure. I don't garden, and I don't expect to own a home again. I hike in the woods, but only on trails.
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Old 22 August 2013, 03:44 PM
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Could've been worse. They could've spread the leaves on the honeymoon bed under the impression they were roses.

Brad "at night when you're sleepin' poison ivy comes creepin' around" from Georgia
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Old 22 August 2013, 04:07 PM
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Could have also been those killer nettle trees from Australia.
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