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21st Jun '16 4:18:40 AM gewunomox
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* A BabySittersClub book had a precocious kid playing different types of music to some plants to see if it affected them. The one that listened to DuranDuran grew the best.

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* A BabySittersClub book had a precocious kid playing different types of music to some plants to see if it affected them. The one that listened to DuranDuran Music/DuranDuran grew the best.
24th Dec '15 4:54:51 PM nombretomado
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* [[BritishRoyalFamily Prince Charles]] mentioned doing this in an interview in the 1980s. [[NeverLiveItDown British satirists have been making fun of it ever since]] - to the point where it is literally almost impossible to find any satirical depiction of Prince Charles that ''doesn't'' have a reference to it. On the plus side, he has yet to [[TheCaligula try and get any of them appointed to the House of Lords or something]], so there's that.

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* [[BritishRoyalFamily [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Prince Charles]] mentioned doing this in an interview in the 1980s. [[NeverLiveItDown British satirists have been making fun of it ever since]] - to the point where it is literally almost impossible to find any satirical depiction of Prince Charles that ''doesn't'' have a reference to it. On the plus side, he has yet to [[TheCaligula try and get any of them appointed to the House of Lords or something]], so there's that.
8th Dec '15 2:13:07 AM AgProv
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* American psychologist Cleve Backster, described as an "interrogation specialist" working for the CIA, had a special interest in refining the use of the polygraph ("lie-detector"). Backster's interest in the subject began in February 1966 when he tried to measure the rate at which water rises from a philodendron's root into its leaves. Because a polygraph or 'lie detector' can measure electrical resistance, which would alter when the plant was watered, he attached a polygraph to one of the plant's leaves. Backster stated that, to his immense surprise, "the tracing began to show a pattern typical of the response you get when you subject a human to emotional stimulation of short duration". He refined this by measuring the reaction of plants (expressed via the polygraph) to the deliberate killing of shrimps by subjecting them to boiling water. [[note]]This begs the question of what he got up to in his day job of interrogating people for the CIA[[/note]]. He allegedly discovered the plants showed strong correlations at the moment of death that could be interpreted as alarm or threat responses: it is fair to say later experiments by others failed to completely reproduce this.
5th Dec '15 3:17:37 AM Sabrewing
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* Blazer of ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer'' can speak to plants, or rather, the souls within the plants. This also includes plants which have been cut and shaped into something like a piece of furniture.
3rd Dec '15 4:32:15 PM StFan
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->'''Husband:''' ''[shouting into yard]'' Oh, why don't you GROW UP, you little bastards! ''[slams window]''\\

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->'''Husband:''' ''[shouting (''shouting into yard]'' yard'') Oh, why don't you GROW UP, you little bastards! ''[slams window]''\\(''slams window'')\\



--> - ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews''

->''"You're talking to my plant!"''
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--> - ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews''

->''"You're talking to my plant!"''
--> - Fred Herbert, bail bondsman
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* Zonker in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' had the plants talk back. This later turned out to be a consequence of his drug use.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Jon recites poetry that accidentally kills his daisies.
** In another strip, after being told about this, Garfield tells the plant ''to die''. It works.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic, a plant Dilbert was talking to falls off the table. Dogbert then finds a tiny suicide note next to it reading "I couldn't take it anymore."
* ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'s father talks to plants. Manolito's father threatens them.
* Lucky Eddie from ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' doesn't talk to plants, but is a good listener.
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* Crowley in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' talks to his plants - or more accurately, threatens them with death on a daily basis. They grow beautifully, but only out of fear.
** To be more specific: he threatens them regularly. ''Then'', every couple months or so, he picks out the plant that has grown the least. He takes it around the apartment, telling all the other plants to say their goodbyes, and goes out and returns to place the empty pot in a conspicuous place. Who ''wouldn't'' be terrified?

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* Crowley in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' talks to his plants - -- or more accurately, threatens them with death on a daily basis. They grow beautifully, but only out of fear.
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fear. To be more specific: he threatens them regularly. ''Then'', regularly, ''then'', every couple months or so, he picks out the plant that has grown the least. He takes it around the apartment, telling all the other plants to say their goodbyes, and goes out and returns to place the empty pot in a conspicuous place. Who ''wouldn't'' be terrified?



* Stranded on pre-historic Earth, and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation having spent rather more time with nobody else around than is generally considered healthy]], [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Arthur Dent]] practices talking by talking to trees.

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Stranded on pre-historic Earth, and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation having spent rather more time with nobody else around than is generally considered healthy]], [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Arthur Dent]] Dent practices talking by talking to trees.

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* In ''MorkAndMindy'', Mork talks to plants because he's an alien. It's unknown whether he indeed actually hears them talk back, or he's just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* In ''MorkAndMindy'', ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', Mork talks to plants because he's an alien. It's unknown whether he indeed actually hears them talk back, or he's just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.



--> '''Spike:''' "So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack truck, selectively alter the flow of time, and possibly [[FlightStrengthHeart talk to plants]]."
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-->'''Illyria:''' ''(after losing her powers)'' "I cannot hear the song of the green."
-->'''Lorne:''' "I take it you're not referring to me."
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Samantha Carter claims in the episode "One False Step" to talk to her plants.

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--> '''Spike:''' "So -->'''Spike:''' So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack truck, selectively alter the flow of time, and possibly [[FlightStrengthHeart talk to plants]]."
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Samantha Carter claims in the episode "One False Step" to talk to her plants.



* [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Ophelia Frump]] rates a mention, though she didn't so much talk to them as have them growing inside her.
* On one episode of ''GoodTimes'', JJ waters his mother's plants and talks to them.

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* [[Series/TheAddamsFamily ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': Ophelia Frump]] Frump rates a mention, though she didn't so much talk to them as have them growing inside her.
* On one episode of ''GoodTimes'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', JJ waters his mother's plants and talks to them.



* Spoofed by Creator/RowanAtkinson in ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', as seen in the page quote.
* In the ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode "Moby Dick", Sally gets a tomato plant. After being encouraged to talk to it, she develops a "friendship" with the plant and names it "Jeremy":
-->'''Sally''': You're so nice. You're not at all arrogant or demanding like most people I know.\\
'''Tommy''': You must be bored out of your mind.\\
'''Sally''': Actually, I'm not.\\
'''Tommy''': I was talking to the plant.

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* Spoofed by Creator/RowanAtkinson in ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'', as seen in the page quote.
* In the ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode "Moby Dick", Sally gets a tomato plant. After being encouraged to talk to it, she develops a "friendship" with the plant and names it "Jeremy":
-->'''Sally''': -->'''Sally:''' You're so nice. You're not at all arrogant or demanding like most people I know.\\
'''Tommy''': '''Tommy:''' You must be bored out of your mind.\\
'''Sally''': '''Sally:''' Actually, I'm not.\\
'''Tommy''': '''Tommy:''' I was talking to the plant.



-->'''Jenna''': I thought they [the moon disc] died if they left the planet?
-->'''Cally''': No. You have to talk to them.
-->'''Avon''': That's like talking to Vila. [[DeadpanSnarker A complete waste of time.]]

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* TheArrogantWorms' song "Carrot Juice Is Murder" is about someone who hears vegetables screaming as they're cooked and eaten.

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'''Cally:'''
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* TheArrogantWorms' Music/TheArrogantWorms' song "Carrot Juice Is Murder" is about someone who hears vegetables screaming as they're cooked and eaten.




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* Zonker in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' had the plants talk back. This later turned out to be a consequence of his drug use.
* Jon in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' recites poetry that accidentally kills his daisies.
** There was another ''Garfield'' strip where, after being told about this, Garfield told the plant ''to die''. It works.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic, a plant Dilbert was talking to falls off the table. Dogbert then finds a tiny suicide note next to it reading "I couldn't take it anymore."
* {{Mafalda}}'s father talks to plants. Manolito's father threatens them.
* Lucky Eddie from ''HagarTheHorrible'' doesn't talk to plants, but is a good listener.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' talking to plants will improve their health. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', only Sims with the Green Thumb trait can do it, but it both improves the plants' health and [[CompanionCube actually counts as socializing for the Sim]].
* Lady Deidre Skye and Prophet Cha Dawn of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' pull this off to extraterrestrial fungi called xenofungus... that eventually gain sufficient mass to form a [[GeniusLoci planet scale neural network]]. Units that don't do it have very difficult times passing through terrain covered by said fungi.
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Strong Sad's plant apparently committed suicide because of this.
* With the Life Seed, Samos from ''JakAndDaxter'' is able to talk to plants. They also talk back to him and can provide him with visions of in the future.
* The Aurin from ''VideoGame/WildStar'' can communicate with the trees, being well attuned to the [[FriendToAllLivingThings life energies of the universe.]]
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' suggests that experienced [[DishingOutDirt Venus adepts]] can do this to some degree.
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* One episode of JohnnyTest had Johnny's father's flower garden grow to gigantic proportions due to him arguing with them.
* [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel One episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the apple farmer Applejack not only talking to a tree, but reading it bedtime stories.

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* One episode of JohnnyTest ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had Johnny's father's flower garden grow to gigantic proportions due to him arguing with them.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel One episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' "Over a Barrel"]] has the apple farmer Applejack not only talking to a tree, but reading it bedtime stories.




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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' talking to plants will improve their health. In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', only Sims with the Green Thumb trait can do it, but it both improves the plants' health and [[CompanionCube actually counts as socializing for the Sim]].
* Lady Deidre Skye and Prophet Cha Dawn of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' pull this off to extraterrestrial fungi called xenofungus... that eventually gain sufficient mass to form a [[GeniusLoci planet scale neural network]]. Units that don't do it have very difficult times passing through terrain covered by said fungi.
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', Strong Sad's plant apparently committed suicide because of this.
* With the Life Seed, Samos from ''JakAndDaxter'' is able to talk to plants. They also talk back to him and can provide him with visions of in the future.
* The Aurin from ''VideoGame/WildStar'' can communicate with the trees, being well attuned to the [[FriendToAllLivingThings life energies of the universe.]]
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' suggests that experienced [[DishingOutDirt Venus adepts]] can do this to some degree.

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21st Nov '15 10:44:43 PM nombretomado
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* Zonker in ''{{Doonesbury}}'' had the plants talk back. This later turned out to be a consequence of his drug use.
* Jon in ''{{Garfield}}'' recites poetry that accidentally kills his daisies.

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* Zonker in ''{{Doonesbury}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' had the plants talk back. This later turned out to be a consequence of his drug use.
* Jon in ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' recites poetry that accidentally kills his daisies.
16th Nov '15 5:44:34 PM nombretomado
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* A ShowWithinAShow in ''{{Rugrats}}'' features a superhero with this power. Tommy, inspired by his example, imagines that he has the ability to talk to ''pants''.

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* A ShowWithinAShow in ''{{Rugrats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' features a superhero with this power. Tommy, inspired by his example, imagines that he has the ability to talk to ''pants''.
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-->-- ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews''

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-->-- Fred Herbert, bail bondsman

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* The track "Wayne" on [[TheYoungOnes Neil]]'s Heavy Concept Album is a conversation between Neil and Wayne, his rubber plant, who "talks back to me all the time" (in Neil's voice) and then, at Neil's request, goes on to sing a song.



* [[BritishRoyalFamily Prince Charles]] mentioned doing this in an interview in the 1980s. [[NeverLiveItDown British satirists have been making fun of it ever since]]--to the point where it is literally almost impossible to find any satirical depiction of Prince Charles that ''doesn't'' have a reference to it. On the plus side, he has yet to [[TheCaligula try and get any of them appointed to the House of Lords or something]], so there's that.

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* [[BritishRoyalFamily Prince Charles]] mentioned doing this in an interview in the 1980s. [[NeverLiveItDown British satirists have been making fun of it ever since]]--to since]] - to the point where it is literally almost impossible to find any satirical depiction of Prince Charles that ''doesn't'' have a reference to it. On the plus side, he has yet to [[TheCaligula try and get any of them appointed to the House of Lords or something]], so there's that.



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->''"You're talking to my plant!"''
-->-- Fred Herbert, bail bondsman
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* In "Love is a Dandy" in ''Plop!'' #16 the main character, who talks to his plants all the time, actually falls in love with a dandelion. Unfortunately for his budding romance, his attractive next-door neighbor, a health-food nut, includes the poor plant in a "special vegetarian dinner" she promised to make for him.
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