As if I really needed anything to back up the idea presented in the title of this post, I do have a few examples to show you just how bad an idea it would be to prank your friends by tossing a cholla cactus at them.
Some golden lines: “I’m so sorry! You can throw a cactus at me.””If I die from a cactus, I mean whatever. Fine.” “I hate when I hurt you.” Thats bro-dom right there. So much bro-dom that the bro who chucked the cactus in the first place nearly grabbed it with his bare hand in his rush to help out his friend. That’s a bad idea.
I’ve never personally encountered a cholla cactus, and after watching this I hope I never do encounter one like this. These cacti are native to the southern United States (California, Arizona, Nevada) and northwestern Mexico, so as long as I don’t go looking for one there, I should be okay.
They look like they wouldn’t hurt that much though, don’t they? Those quills all have tiny barbs that hang on real tight, causing pain on the way in, and obviously ripping and tearing a bit on the way out. I found another great video of a guy being “attacked” by cholla cacti while shooting what looks like a nature documentary, and how this guy doesn’t scream and curse the whole time is beyond me – but he’s very informative as the process of removing the cacti from his body. Have a look:
And here’s another cactus attack video. The story behind this one is that this guy was helping his brother with a video for a class project, and was trying to show what happens when you get too close to a cholla cactus… But it doesn’t look he meant to intentionally wear it…
There’s plenty more videos of people being attacked by cacti out there, but I can’t share them because most of them are profanity-laced (as you could understand).
So just keep in mind if you ever find yourself staring down a cholla cactus… It’s not nearly as cuddly as it looks!