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Pirana Flower

Giant, pipe-dwelling, carnivorous flora that first appeared in the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) video game Super Mario Brothers; they have been a staple enemy in Nintendo's Mario games ever since. They prefer to eat Italian plumbers above all other prey.

Pirana Flowers attack swiftly and can devour an adult human in a single bite. While nestled deep inside its pipe lair, a Pirana Flower is safe from most attacks. This deadly vegetation must devour living things in order to survive, but it acquires water by tapping its roots into the sewage flowing through the pipes it inhabits. The grip of these roots is so strong that Pirana Flowers can grow in a pipe facing any direction, including upside down. They reproduce and proliferate by shedding their seeds into the sewer current; the septic waters quickly disperse their offspring throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. These ravenous sprouts have a sixth sense when it comes to danger--they will not emerge from their pipes if there is someone or something blocking the opening of their lair or standing directly adjacent to it waiting for them.

Pirana Flowers must wait for food to come to them, as such, location is extremely important. Pirana Flowers that are unfortunate enough to take root in remote areas often starve to death. Like many plants, this toothy vegetation burns easily.

Materials: Cardboard from a cereal box, paper toweling, tissue paper, newsprint, white glue, hot glue, and acrylic paint.

Dimensions: 17.6 cm/7.0 in. x 6.0 cm/2.4 in. (highest point x widest point)

Time: Two days. Construction began on 7/1/06 and ended on 7/2/06.

Image of a Pirana Flower from the 'Super Mario Brothers 3' NES video game:

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