That's what the visitors at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan face with their daily dose of foliage. See, the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes is protected by state law so the park's benevolent overseers decided to populate the park with about 27 of the rattlers.
Despite the fact that the park posted warning signs about the bitey beasts slithering about the gardens, surprise, surprise: people are getting bitten. The last was a woman who apparently took off her shoes to walk in the lush grass.
Now I'm all for conservation, but this silliness begs the question: while the park's staff is protecting the snakes, who's protecting the humans? Turning a garden walk into terror-inducing episode of "Wild Kingdom" in which you're chased and bitten by wild animals doesn't seem like a good way to attract visitors. Unless they're rattler wranglers!
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The Johnson Smith Company relocated to Racine, Wisconsin in 1926. Nine years later the company made a mid-depression move to Detroit, Michigan with the intention of starting a Canadian subsidiary across the Detroit River. Those plans were abandoned with the outbreak of World War II. The company remained near the Detroit riverfront for nearly 35 years, until it moved to Mt. Clemens, Michigan (a Detroit suburb) in the early 1970s.
In 1986 the company made an exciting move to Bradenton, Florida, to a specially-designed building that enables us to serve our customers with state-of-the-art technology and service!
Our story is not without sociological aspects and influences. During the 1920s and 1930s, practical jokes and home hobbies provided an escape for people wracked with economic struggle brought on by WWI and the Great Depression. Our 700-page catalog provided hours of "escape," fun and fantasy for the depressed nation, even without having to place an order! Even today we hear from people who remember our catalog and the "relief" we provided! Today, the Johnson Smith catalog is known as Things You Never Knew Existed (TYNKE) and still brings hours of enjoyment to people across the country.