Bokays $3.99 -- Explained
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 94 13:19:44 PST
Subject: Bokays $3.99 -- Explained
[Leave it to Daniel to dig out the real story behind the story... -psl]
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel Steinberg)
Subject: Re: Bokays $3.99
> a sign on a display of fresh flowers said "Bokays, $3.99."...
> I have seen signs for "bokays" cropping up like dandelions in the last year.
That's because Bokays are actually a type of flower that was recently
hybridized by a Florida horticulturist. They are a cross between
carnations and dandelions. They were part of a hybridization experiment
in which various flowers were cross-pollinated with dandelions in order
to increase their proliferation. The A group was roses, the B group
carnations, the C group chrysanthemums, etc. The B group was the first
success. In the experimenter's notebook was the notation:
Hence, the name of the flower (Dandynation sounded too dopey, and
Carnelion was already trademarked by the gemstone industry). The other
notable success was a cross using gladiolas, but the funeral industry
balked at spreading Dandyglads all around their caskets.
© 1994 Peter Langston