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PostFri Jul 31, 2020 9:42 am 
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PostFri Jul 31, 2020 11:09 am 
Probably nothing? Weird no one's identified them yet.

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PostFri Jul 31, 2020 11:15 am 
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PostSat Aug 01, 2020 7:56 am 
neek wrote:
Weird no one's identified them yet.

"All 50 states have issued warnings about the packages some of which contain flowering plants like morning glory, hibiscus and roses, according to Osama El-Lissy, with the Plant Protection program of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. El-Lissy said other packages contain vegetables like cabbage and herbs including mint, sage, rosemary, and lavender."

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/31/usda-identifies-some-seeds-appear-sent-china/5555404002/

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PostFri Sep 11, 2020 8:44 am 
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American people do not seem particularly well-prepared for scams of this nature.... People planted seeds even when expressly told not to. Hundreds of people had no idea whether they had ever ordered seeds, or how to check. Some people called 911. Others ate the seeds. Others ordered something specific, got what they ordered from who they ordered it from, then still panicked. Others were furious they had to pay for postage to send the seeds to the government. From one recipient in North Carolina: "I did not receive seeds. I received a suspicious package from China with a spoon and a fork in it my concerns are that it is full of Covid."

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akz9qk/hundreds-of-americans-planted-chinese-mystery-seeds

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PostFri Sep 11, 2020 8:24 pm 
I could see mailing something like kudzu that's highly invasive as some kind of slow motion terrorism.  But it's not like they're figured out how to put an invading army into a seed, where you add water and they march out of your garden into the state house.  Planting random seeds isn't as obviously stupid as eating them.

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PostMon Jul 26, 2021 10:18 am 
I just heard an update on this.  The "mystery seeds" were legit Amazon orders that thousands of people simply forgot about because shipments were delayed a few months by Covid.  They panicked because of the media hysteria and, you know...China.  Boxes were mislabeled intentionally in attempt to get around customs.  Fascinating.  Heard it on The Atlantic's podcast.

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PostMon Jul 26, 2021 8:02 pm 
It's a relief to learn this was just a simple case of absent minded american consumerism, combined w/AMZN and Chinese business conspiring to deceive US customs, and not something nefarious.

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PostMon Jul 26, 2021 9:50 pm 
First of all, what the heck does W.C.G.W. even mean?  I kept wanting to read it as W.W.J.D.?  which was popular back in the day.  haha    And none of the responses to the thread seemed to mention it.   No one asked either.  So I guess I didn't get the memo.

I did a little searching and found some definitions.  Here's a good one.  If I had the ability to do a spoiler alert cover I would, but nonetheless it might mean:  "What Could Go Wrong" to some folks.  Maybe this is the meaning here too.

I think it should be "W.C.P.G.W." as in What Could Possibly Go Wrong?   I wonder if there are other acronyms that I must have missed while sleeping in class.  ~z

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PostTue Jul 27, 2021 9:01 am 
zephyr wrote:
First of all, what the heck does W.C.G.W. even mean?  I kept wanting to read it as W.W.J.D.? 

Pretty much the same thing.

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PostTue Jul 27, 2021 11:27 am 
zephyr wrote:
First of all, what the heck does W.C.G.W. even mean

Where Country George Went.

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PostTue Jul 27, 2021 1:16 pm 
Cyclopath wrote:
Where Country George Went.

Oh!  Then you mean here.      ~z


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