Date: November 27 2009 3:37 PM Title: Chapter 19
Note: the jumping cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida) is a species of cactus native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. It's spiny, ball-shaped branches are so easily detachable, they seem to "jump" on to whatever animal or person unconsciously brushes against them. Resulting in the imbedding of needles painfully difficult to remove!
Author's Response: And, the D'Estaing dirk was a kind of 19th-century switchblade, that could be used as both weapon and eating utensil.