Nikita Khrushchev (First secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1894-1971)
TIME: 6:47 PM
PLACE: School playground
SUBJECT: American sweet gum tree fruit
This is a photo that I took yesterday at the school open house. The tree with the octopus roots is an American sweet gum tree. This is its fruit which is also known as a “gumball”, “monkey ball”, “space bug”, "porcupine eggs” or as my kids call them when they turn brown, “cocoa puffs”. I remember gathering up tons of these spiky balls with my brothers and the neighborhood kids and then we would heave them at each other. Take it from me, those suckers sting.