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by Wayne Pauly from Dane County Parks ACTION Adult Conservation Team Newsletter (All folklore stories)


Sharing Stories

I love it when these articles stimulate someone to share a reminiscence. Recently, a fellow shared the fun he and his brother had with squirt guns made from either angelica or cow parsnip. He explained that the large stalks are chambered like bamboo, so he and his brother took two foot sections, poked a hole in the membrane at one end, filled it with water from the cattle trough, and squirted it with a plunger made from a stick wrapped with a bit of fabric. From opposite sides of the cattle trough, they battled with their limited range squirt guns until both were soaked and probably weak with laughter.

Another man remembered using walnuts to capture earth worms. They’d lay an old window screen on the lawn, cover it with walnut hulls, pour a couple buckets of water over the the hulls, and when they lifted the screen the worms were popping out and wiggling on the grass. Worms must really hate the taste of walnut hulls.

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