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4,074.  But the dinosaurs days of grazing were about to end abruptly.  Sixty five million years ago an asteroid ten kilometres wide across killed them off.  The grasses survived.  But they in turn would face their own crisis.  (Earth & Dinosaur & Extinction & Asteroid & Grasses)  Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet II: The Power of Flowers, BBC 2012

 

 

4,077.  Evolution often comes up with our cleverest solutions during desperate times.  And one group of plants, the grasses, turned this crisis into an opportunity.  (Earth & Evolution & Plants & Grass)  Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet III: The Challenger, BBC 2012

 

4,078.  The forests started breaking up.  The grasses were on a land grab.  Conquering the territory once held by the trees ... The world was ablaze ... Grasses were dominating the land.  (Earth & Forest & Grass & Tree)  ibid.

 

4,079.  They really are the lungs of the ocean.  It’s remarkable what the humble grasses had achieved by five million years ago – a once forested planet was now dominated by open planes.  Eight different species of grasses covering a quarter of all land.  They’d selected which animals would live or die.  And they’d fundamentally altered ocean, playing a crucial role in our make-up of our atmosphere. (Earth & Grass & Ocean & Animals)  ibid.

 

 

52,113.  Grass: it was only about 25 million years ago that grass began to spread widely on our planet.  (Animals & Mammals & Grass)  David Attenborough: Life on Earth: Mammals (revised series)

 

 

52,625.  Vast open plains: immense spaces.  Eerie silence.  But any feeling of emptiness is an illusion.  The plains of our planet support the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth.  At the heart of all that happens here is a single living thing: grass.  This miraculous plant covers a quarter of all the lands of the Earth.  Grasslands exist wherever there is a little rain but not enough to sustain the forests.  (Animals & Earth & Grass)  David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Great Plains s1e7

 

75,060.  From the ashes rises a phoenix: Grass: the incredible survivor ... Grass is almost indestructible.  Able to repair and reproduce itself rapidly it covers more of the Earth’s land than any other plant, and feeds more wildlife than any other.  ibid.

 

52,628.  Elephant grass is the tallest in the world.  (Animals & Earth & Plains & Grass)  ibid.

 

52,629.  The long grass plains of tropical India are home to some of the largest grass-eating mammals on our planet.  And some of the smallest.  (Animals & Earth & Grass)  ibid.

 

75,061.  Rain sweeps across the continent, and grass the great survivor rises again.  And the herds return.  ibid.

 

75,062.  Flooded, burnt, baked and frozen – grass can withstand it all.  ibid.

 

 

52,640.  Western Australia – these vast aquatic grasslands stretch for fifteen hundred miles.  (Animals & Earth & Sea & Grass)  David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Shallow Seas s1e9

 

 

99,930.  One quarter of all the land on Earth is covered by a single remarkable type of plant: almost indestructible it can grow two feet in a day.  And be tall enough to hide a giant.  The plant is grass and the world it creates is truly unique.  The grass in northern India is the tallest on the planet, home to some of the most impressive creatures to walk the Earth.  (Earth & Grass)  David Attenborough, Planet Earth s2e5, BBC 2016

 

99,931.  One of the most remarkable grasslands on Earth: the Okavango: every year five thousand square miles of grassland are flooded.  For one pride of lions this poses a major problem.  (Earth & Grass)  ibid. 

 

99,932.  Grasses become the millinery equivalent of fruit and trees.  (Earth & Grass)  ibid.  

 

99,933.  Soon, every ostrich has its own passenger.  (Earth & Grass)  ibid.  

 

99,934.  Nothing cuts a swathe through grass like an African bull elephant.  (Earth & Grass & Elephant)  ibid.

 

 

52,584.  But the most successful type of flowering is one that makes up 20% of all plant life on the planet: grass.  There are ten thousand different species.  (Animals & Plants & Grass)  David Attenborough, Life: Plants e9

 

 

52,420.  Grasses: these in Nepal are the biggest of all standing twenty feet tall.  (Plants & Grass)  David Attenborough, The Private Life of Plants: Flowering

 

 

56,775.  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  (Proverb & Grass)  Mid-20th century proverb

 

 

75,051.  Lawns ... Forcing everyone to be the same is bullshit.  Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Lawns s7e8

 

75,052.  So where did a fucked-up idea like lawns come from? ... Some historians believe lawns first became popular in Scotland.  ibid.

 

75,053.  An average sized St Augustine lawn requires over four thousand gallons of water a week.  ibid.

 

75,054.  There are plenty of lawn junkies who buy in to this pursuit.  ibid.

 

75,055.  One of the best-selling herbicides is 2-4D which was used by the military as one of the two main products of Agent Orange.  ibid.

 

 

75,056.  Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn.  Francis Bacon, Essays 1625 ‘Of Gardens’

 

 

75,057.  His bail?  Zero.

 

Prudente, 66, must stay in the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes until the required sod work is completed, under a September court order signed by Circuit Judge W Lowell Bray.

 

‘He’s in prison for God knows how long because we can’t afford to sod the lawn,’ said his sobbing daughter, Jennifer Lehr.

 

Prudente has owned a home in the deed restricted community since 1998.  The covenants require homeowners to keep their lawns covered with grass.

 

Earlier this year, the Beacon Woods Civic Association took Prudente to court after he failed to install new sod on his browning lawn, which had withered after his sprinklers broke.  The association had already sent letters telling him to resod his front and back yards by certain dates.

 

In an interview at the jail Friday evening, Prudente said he thought he had made a good financial hardship case to the association: His adjustable rate mortgage went up an extra $600 a month.  Wachovia repossessed his Toyota Scion.  His daughter and her two young children, who had fallen on hard times, moved in with him and his wife, Pat.  Tampa Bay Times online article 10th October 2008 Jodie Tillman  

 

 

75,058.  The lawn care industry in the United States is a forty billion dollar industry.  Ted Steinberg, American Green: Excessive Quest For The Prefect Lawn

 

 

75,059.  Life Is Short: Sod It!  West Coast Turf company slogan

 

 

75,063.  Stone, steel, dominions pass,

Faith too, no wonder;

So leave alone the grass

That I am under.  (Grass & Epitaph & Epigram)  A E Housman

 

 

75,064.  It was the week after Easter holidays, and he was journeying along with Smart the mare and the light spring-cart, watching the damp slopes of the hill-sides as they steamed in the warmth of the sun, which at this unsettled season shone on the grass with the freshness of an occasional inspector rather than as an accustomed proprietor.  Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree

 

 

75,065.  THE GRASS so little has to do,—

A sphere of simple green,

With only butterflies to brood,

And bees to entertain,

And stir all day to pretty tunes

The breezes fetch along,

And hold the sunshine in its lap

And bow to everything.  Emily Dickinson, Nature

 

 

75,069.  The scented wild-weeds and enamell’d moss.  Thomas Campbell, Theodric 

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