Thursday, November 16, 2006

Experiment: Magic Beans

Those who wish to live a good ordinary life will find no use for these experiments. They will not improve your health or finances. They are not endorsed by the Pope or by the FDA. Therefore you will not acquire any instant heavenly merit or be approved for human consumption.


"If you are a dreamer, come in,
if you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!"
-Shel Silverstein

Go to a gardening center. Look for the section where you may select seeds and purchase a packet of beans, any variety that appeals to you. If you don't have anything available at home, buy some potting soil and a small pot. Pay for the beans separately after purchasing the other items. Give the cashier three times the amount of money they request and leave.
Next, find a candy store and purchase some jellybeans. Once again pay three times the amount due and depart. At home, label an envelope "magic beans". Place a mixture of JellyBeans and real beans in the envelope and read the poem offered above out loud. Then take a real bean from the envelope and plant it in the small pot. If possible keep it near your bedroom window, inside or out, provided there is enough light.
Every night, before bed, eat a jellybean from the "magic beans" envelope. Tend to your planted beans and wait for them to sprout.
Keep a record of your dreams and other observations.


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