Hyperbole at its finest!

Listening to National Radio today – the 11am news carried an item on the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) that’s about to flower in the Auckland Wintergardens (refer back to the post of November 26).

The newsreader, in his most serious tones, said that the plant only flowers every seven to 10 years … and a sentence or two later added the flowering is a “once in a lifetime event”.

It’s hardly Halley’s Comet, is it? (About 76 years between visits, the next one expected in 2061.)


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