Oculus Caliga Cacia

The Oculus Caliga Cacia - more easily put as the Seeing Boot Tree, or the Muflad-ing (heavy ing), can be found across a wide area of the german woodlands. Being commonly classified as a spruce-tree, the Oculus Caliga Cacia (or the Muflading) is actually a part of the Ginkgoaceae family. In the Ginkgoaceae family you can also find the Gingko Biloba, also known as the Maidenhair tree.

Muflading grows like any other tree, except that it slowly implodes after a certain amount of time. Implode is the opposite of explode, something which you probably already have guessed, and means that the tree suddenly shrinks. The process of the imploding starts when the tree is just a seed, but the implosion will happen when the tree is about 100-350 years, when it in a very sudden and unexpected fashion, disappears completely.

Well not completely, one thing is left of the Muflading after it has imploded, and that is a crunchy cone, not a pine-cone of course, but an ovally shaped and green sticky cone filled with lemon curd.

In Germany, cooking the Muflading cone would mean bad luck, so they called it the "Verflucht Kiefernzapfen", which basically means "The cursed pine-cone", so instead of eating it (which would be the recommended use) they would stuff one in to each ear to provoke a divorce or to free oneself of all the seven sins, preferably both.

Today the Muflading has extended with the ability of walking and can cross great areas in a very short amount of time. The speed is startling for its size, which just about equals somewhere between a taxi and a maxi-taxi. Mufladings eat woodpeckers and forest slugs, and also make that hooting sound mostly connected with owls, but that is a common misconception, and the owl does no such thing as to hoot, but the Muflading does.


Audun said...

Dear Tora.

That was absolutely brilliant, from start to end.


And of course, hilarious!

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