I got this in an email today,  I did not write it.DO NOT BRING PLANTS IN THE HOUSE DURING COLD WEATHER!

 Never bring outdoor plants into the house. Garden Grass Snakes also known
as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes,
not rattlesnakes. Here’s why………
 A couple in Baltimore, Maryland had a lot of potted plants. During a
recent cold spell, the wife was bringing some of them indoors to protect
them from a possible freeze. It turned out that a little green garden grass
snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it
slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
 She let out a very loud scream! The husband (who was taking a shower) ran
out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him
there was a snake under the sofa. He got down on the floor on his hands and
knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him
on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell
over on the floor.
 His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to
lie still and called an ambulance. The attendants rushed in, wouldn’t listen
to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him
 About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency
Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That’s when
the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
 The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on
a neighbor. He volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a
rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was
gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.
 But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she
felt the snake wriggling around . She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed
back under the sofa. The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out,
tried to use CPR to revive her.
 The neighbor’s wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery
store, saw her husband’s mouth on the woman’s mouth and slammed her husband
in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and
cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.
 The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor
lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he
had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle
of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
 By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the
whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to
arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a
little green snake.
 The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his
sobbing wife. The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa. One of
the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the
leg of the end table. The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and
as the bulb broke it started a fire in the drapes. The other policeman tried
to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of
the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an
oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.
 Meanwhile, the burning drapes were seen by the neighbors who called the
fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when
they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead
wires and put out the electricity and disconnected the telephones in a
ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).
 Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was
repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car, and all was
right with their world. A while later they were watching TV and the
weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband
if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.
 That’s when he shot her.

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