What is this, do you suppose?

professor speaks

So, yes, that’s the question. What is this, do you suppose?


Now, there could be a few answers to that question.

But I’m talking about the long, stringy, green plant-like thingy in the forefront of the picture.

Dost thou know?

I’m not sure either.

Someone mentioned an onion.

I don’t believe it, of course.

After all, this is an onion:

This Is What Happens When You Put An Onion In Your Ear Overnight

Ew no! I meant this:


This is a great lesson why never to search for things on google. You might get anything.

Here we are:


Now I’ve completely lost my train of thought.

So, here, dadblame it all.

Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

167 Responses to “What is this, do you suppose?”

  1. 1 Freakishly Fangirlish April 4, 2016 at 18:11

    Wait…Han Solo is an…onion?

  2. 25 Sonya Solomonovich April 1, 2016 at 12:21

    The sight of a naked mole rat never fails to make me laugh! But what is your opinion of leeks, professor?

  3. 29 Esme upon the Cloud March 24, 2016 at 09:59

    Chives! There are some growing on the Cloud.

    – esme nodding and chewing chives upon the Cloud

  4. 33 L. Marie March 23, 2016 at 13:20

    I agree with Heartafire. Looks like scallions. They want to come up and visit you.

  5. 37 progbeawr831 March 22, 2016 at 22:59

    Booker T and the MG’s want their onions back

  6. 63 Simply Skeptical March 22, 2016 at 20:40

    Yep! Total professorish thinkology. But why end with that poor naked fellow?

  7. 65 Julie Harris March 22, 2016 at 19:58

    Green onions are the best ones!

  8. 67 Jackie March 22, 2016 at 19:55

    I don’t know what kind of plant that is. It could be just a weed or it could be what others have said – chives. Now on to the onion in the ear. If you put the center part of an onion in your ear it helps relieve earache pain. They say sleep with it in your ear but I would think that would create a secondary problem for the person who does this. Your ear feels better but you can’t get rid of the smell of onion.

  9. 71 John W. Howell March 22, 2016 at 19:54

    I have no idea what those green thingies are called. I know I wouldn’t invite them in for a drink. You never know what lurks in the heart of green.

  10. 78 Debbie March 22, 2016 at 18:36

    Argh, there’s that NMR again — just when I thought I’d never have to lay eyes on the poor thing!

    Your photo depicts wild garlic…or maybe wild onions. I understand they’re hard to get rid of. A warrior plant, don’t you know! At any rate, perhaps you’d be kind enough to give it a sniff and let your nose reveal which it is?!

    By the way, who puts onions in their ears? Is this a healthy fad I haven’t heard of??

    • 79 Professor VJ Duke March 23, 2016 at 14:03

      But imagine. To other NMR’s he might be cute, mind you. We can’t be sure.

      But…if it is those things, wouldn’t that be good? I mean, it’s edible, see.

      I don’t know! I was hoping you could tell me more about that. I’m quite confused by it.

  11. 80 walt walker March 22, 2016 at 17:31

    I kind of want to smush that NMR under my shoes, but I’m afraid… well, I mean he looks a bit… plump? I fear there would be rather a bit of mess to clean up.

  12. 84 Haylee March 22, 2016 at 17:16

    Ooh, ooh *jumps with excitement* if it’s what I think it is… PULL IT OUT! I don’t think it’s plant life but I do think it will have something ‘attached’. Not an onion though. Much better. I hope I’m right – I’ll be very jealous if it’s what I think as I’ve never found one!!

  13. 104 FictionFan March 22, 2016 at 17:10

    *laughs lots* This post ought to be framed and hung in the National Gallery as a prime example of Professorial Preposterousness! *nods emphatically*

    Now, I don’t want to disagree with all these good people but quite obviously these are syboes! Though why a fine Scottish plant should be hanging out in an American garden, I’m not sure – perhaps it’s a spy! You should blow its cover by saying “Och, aye, ye wee sleekit thing, ye!” and offering it a whisky…

    • 105 Professor VJ Duke March 23, 2016 at 14:01

      *laughs* Okay, it might be a bit crazy. But i can’t help it, you know, you know. It just sorta happens…

      Hahaha. I love that Scottish speech down there. But…what’s a syboe? Is it edible?

      • 106 FictionFan March 23, 2016 at 18:06

        I know! That’s what makes it so… *laughs*

        Don’t forget to wear your tartan robe while you say it! *laughs* Boringly, it’s just what Scots call spring onions – don’t ask me why! It’s a mystery! But I love the word so much…

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke March 24, 2016 at 13:51

        Crazy! Professorish! Warrior-ish! Banana!

        Of course I don’t have a Tartan robe, you know. I love the word, too. But I’m not sure I can pronounce it, you know. Yes, not sure at all, really.

      • 108 FictionFan March 24, 2016 at 17:35

        *jaw drops* Banana! How did you guess?!

        Yes, you do – and the video evidence is there for all to see! It’s easier than it looks – sigh-bees. See? Now you can speak Scottish!

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke March 25, 2016 at 18:34

        *laughs* That’s the minion in me, see.

        But I don’t remember that, of course. *forgets, the sudden* That’s actually a very cool word, you know. Ceebee. I like it.

      • 110 FictionFan March 25, 2016 at 23:28

        I’ve always wanted a minion… *wistful face*

        But I do, and shall remind you of it eternally, McProf! No, no, no – not ceebee, sigh-bee! Like a bee who’s fallen in love with Giselle, but can’t have her because she’s betrothed to a Prince, see? *cries a little at that sad story*

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke March 28, 2016 at 14:11

        A little yellow one that likes bananas?

        *laughs* Hm. I think John Wayne was a Seabee. Oh dear. What if they make a sequel to Enchanted? Wouldn’t that be awful?

      • 112 FictionFan March 29, 2016 at 17:44

        No, a big strong one that likes housework.

        That would be wonderful! I could be Giselle and you could be the Prince!

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke March 30, 2016 at 13:10

        Like Goliath, for instance. Or a Cyclops.

        *laughs* Nah…I’d rather not.

  14. 114 desertdweller29 March 22, 2016 at 15:31

    Heartafire has the answer. Scallions. Those beastly weeds used to grow aplenty when I lived in NY. I say whack them away with your katana. Then sprinkle them over a baked potato. Mmmm delicious.

  15. 116 PorterGirl March 22, 2016 at 15:15

    I thought maybe chives or just fat grass. Trying eating a bit and see what happens. Now – you have used that naked picture of me again, I again. This is how celebrities feel when their naked pics get leaked, I imagine. Actually – I’m kinda proud. Look at my lovely smile!

  16. 132 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister March 22, 2016 at 15:10

    An onion, possibly chives for the top of your baked potato. Personally, I would rather think on it as strong and beefy blades of grass showing off for all to see. Bet you could find them some protein drinks for lunch, Duke.

  17. 141 Heartafire March 22, 2016 at 15:08

    Scallions. That’s all that grows in my garden.

  18. 160 Alastair Savage March 22, 2016 at 15:08

    Hmmm … chives? Snowdrops?

  19. 166 Chris White March 22, 2016 at 14:58

    Hang on …. just tuning in to your frequency …. ah, there you are Professor.
    Onion you say. Well, it may be a salt & vinegar or a smoky bacon. Taste test required or v’perhaps just a sniff.

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