At Last — Proof of Intelligent Design

Amorphophallus titanum

Look what we found at PhysOrg: World’s smelliest and largest flower blooms in Brazil. It says, with bold font added by us:

Hundreds of visitors are flocking daily to a botanical garden in southeastern Brazil to watch the rare blooming of the Titan arum, the world’s smelliest and largest tropical flower.

Who can blame them? The story continues:

Also known as the “corpse flower” because of a smell likened to rotting flesh, it began blooming on Christmas Day and is already beginning to close, botanist Patricia Oliveira told AFP. [Probably Agence France-Presse, the French news agency.]

It began blooming on Christmas! What are the odds of that? Let’s read on:

The flower “has a lifespan of 72 hours, during which its stink and meat-coloration attract pollinators: carrion flies and beetles,” added Oliveira, who works at the Inhotim garden, about 445 kilometers (275 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, housing the massive flower.

Discoveroids take note: If ever there were a clear example of specified complexity, this is it! We continue:

Titan arum, also known by its scientific name, “Amorphophallus titanum,” which means misshapen giant penis, is native to the rainforests of western Sumatra. It rarely flowers, is incredibly difficult to cultivate and takes six years to grow.

Clearly, nothing like that could have evolved in nature. It must be the work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Here’s one more excerpt:

This “is the second time it bloomed. The first time was in December 2010,” Oliveira said. When it flowers, the bloom has the same temperature as that of the human body, which helps spread its pungent smell.

If you had lingering doubts about intelligent design before reading this post, now you don’t. The game’s over! There’s nothing more to be said.

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13 responses to “At Last — Proof of Intelligent Design

  1. I believe! The check to the DI is in the mail [hands, fingers, legs and eyes crossed]

  2. Alex Shuffell

    “If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles.” – J.B.S Haldane.

  3. Two posts in a row proving ID! Are you on commission from ICR?

  4. Looks like the Virgin Mary to me.

  5. I smelled one of those flowers at Kew Gardens some years ago. Not bad. I’ve smelled litter boxes worse than that. And I had a college roommate who was a smoker, had B.O., stinky feet, chewed tobacco and never cleaned out his spittoon he kept by his bed. Also, I don’t think he changed his sheets or washed his clothes all year.

  6. Sorry, docbill1351, but I can’t resist a bit of quote-mining. You said:

    I smelled … some years ago. I’ve smelled litter boxes …. And I … had B.O., stinky feet, chewed tobacco …. Also, I don’t think … all year.

  7. The Trillium sessile plant in eastern America has fairly stinky flowers for attracting flies, etc. as pollinators. One of my geology students knows botany and he suggested I get close to Trillium – it is fairly rank. The flower also has a dark red, rotting-meaty color, but it’s much smaller than the corpse flower. For those of you living in eastern America, find a Trillium some time in the woods and sample its aroma.

  8. I don’t know about intelligent design, but it’s a nice example of nature’s law of compensation. Brazil, home of some of the best nude beaches on the planet, with wall-to-wall tanned supermodels — also hosts the world’s most noxious, fetid phallic stinkweed.

  9. So, what did you quote mine? Fits me to a T!

  10. docbill, with a roommate like that, it’s a wonder you’re not doing life for homicide. (Or maybe you are, for all we know. Better watch that quote-mining, Curmie.)

  11. If a botanical misshapen giant penis reeking of rotting meat doesn’t finally prove the existence of the Intelligent Designer, then nothing will…

  12. It attracts flies? Made to order for the ‘tute!

  13. I’ve never seen A. titanium in the flesh, so to speak. I have had A konjac planted next to my house near St. Louis. They did well and proliferated. A large enough bulb will flower every year. The flower stalk can be four or five feet long. I planted one here in Texas, and the deer ate it. I see that it is the ingredient of pills said to melt off your belly fat. If only I had known!
    I looked on our favorite auction site, and there are many Amorphophalus species available, even seeds of A. titanium.

    I think the biochemical mechanism used by some aroids and other plants to heat up is well understood.