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What carries in the Gulf Stream...

Last week's topic for Tina's Picstory was "indoor" ...theme for this week "you can show *heart*"! I've posted about these sea beans before [link], as I've posted this photo before also. It's one that Bud found while we were combing the beach one day. It's the most 'perfect' form of heart that we've found as of yet. They're quite popular to collect, and seldom found on the beaches except for Spring months. Most often you see them into jewelry and women's belts...
    "The Seaheart supposedly inspired Columbus to find new land in the west. The Gulf Stream carried sea-hearts to northern European beaches, where they were commonly made into snuff boxes by polishing, cutting them in half, and attaching little hinges. In the Azores, the sea-heart is called Fava de Colom (Columbus bean). The seaheart is often referred to as a Lucky Bean. Ed Perry states "In general, seeds have long been worn as good luck charms. Especially seeds that also double as "sea-beans" or driftseeds. For hundreds of years they have been seen as symbols of good luck, longevity, endurance, fertility, etc. Some of this is due to their ability to float ocean currents for years/decades before coming to rest on foreign shores (often with their powers of germination unimpeded). Other reasons may be due to their relative "rareness" on many beaches north of the Tropics. Entada seeds are revered world wide as good luck charms, and have been for centuries."

                      Sea Heart Bean [Entada gigas]

And, speaking of hearts:

A mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car, when he spotted the world-famous heart surgeon in his shop. The heart surgeon was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his car. The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hello Doctor, please come on over here for a minute."

The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic where he stood. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So doctor, look at this here. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish this will work just like a new one. So how come you get the really big money, when you and I are doing basically the same work?" The doctor smiled, leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic

"Try doing it with the engine running!"


  1. Awesome post, thanks for making me smile, in my face, and my heart.

  2. Haha love the joke, and the sea heart is gorgeous. We don't get those here in NZ.

  3. ... oh yes that is a great story Anni, but it's still just a difference between man and machine, a great day for you and kind regards Geli

  4. So true! That last line.

    Thank you for your captions! I love them.

  5. Thanks for the info about the sea-heart Fava de Colom (Columbus bean).I did not know.
    A very nice motive for a heart.

    I love the joke..*smile* Thanks for the smile.

    Have a beautiful day, Elke

  6. Anonymous11/15/2011

    it`s a very nice photo and a great story..

    See you

  7. cool, i thought it´s a cookie :) thanks for your ♥

  8. That Seaheart is beautiful... I ca easily see why they make things out of them. Cute funny this morning!

  9. That's a cute photo of heart, and your story makes my heart smiles too...

  10. Morning Anni
    Thank you for sharing the seaheart picture. We've never seen one. Mom cracked up at the joke.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  11. Love those sea hearts...have yet to find one during my beach combing times! Will have to keep looking! Thanks for the chuckle too! :)

  12. Anonymous11/15/2011

    Beautiful story. Thank you.
    Greetings from Berlin, Germany

  13. Anonymous11/15/2011

    Liebe Anni,

    das ist ein wundersch√∂nes Herz ♥

  14. Those sea hearts are really amazing! I love the joke too. :)

  15. great info and indeed a good find for PicStory!

    My Third Eye

  16. I remember you posting about that heart bean and I'm still amazed by it:-) It just boggles the mind some of the things that comes from the ocean!!

    I love that story, it's so true, isn't it! Had never thought of it that way. xoxo

  17. aw.. nice post! thanks for sharing!

    Luray Caverns, VA

  18. Isn't there something in literature somewhere about a black heart?


    Just a pinch of scarlet
    To liven up the place;
    Just a hint of ruby
    Brushed upon your face;
    Just a bit of cherry
    Dancing round your toes;
    Just some sanguine colors—
    That’s the way it goes!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Autumn’s rubies here and here

  19. Anni, very interesting about the sea hearts. I've never seen one except in your photos. You post the most interesting things.

    Hope you and Bud are doing well.

    Drop over to the Writing Nook when you have a chance. Would love to hear from you.

  20. Your Seaheart is beautiful Anni. I have never seen these before but I can understand why they are so collectable. Thanks for the info.

    Love the joke!

  21. love the heart AND the joke


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