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Feb 14

How to do a five minute show with just a blade of grass

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008 in Little known facts

The following is taken from the book ‘211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do’ by Tom Cutler.  All information taken directly from the book is marked by quotations, otherwise the material is summarised by Yours Truly.

“The Shrieking Monkey”

This is the best known trick that can be done with blades of grass.  Align your thumbs parallel to each other, then place a thick blade of grass lengthways between them.  The knuckle and heel of your thumbs hold the grass tightly in place so that it is taut.  Form an ‘O’ with your mouth, then blow through your thumb knuckles hard to make the grass vibrate, thus producing “an ear-splitting shriek.  It’s not very musical but is excellent for attracting the attention of your chums across a millpond – and for annoying your sister.”

“Magic Climbing Grass”

If you look closely at a blade of grass, you’ll see thousands of tiny hairs which all point the same way.  Holding the grass at one end very lightly between index finger and thumb, stroke the hairy side of the grass rapidly with your thumb.  “The grass will climb mysteriously upwards. (If it goes down, you have it positioned the wrong way.)”


Find a blade of grass “not longer than your finger”, and attach a wee glob of mud to one end.  Dangle the grass glob side down over a friend’s extended thumb and forefinger.  “Bet him he cannot catch the grass by closing his thumb and finger if you let it go without warning.  Nine times out of ten he will fail.”

“The Nose Cannon”

Roll a blade of grass into a ball and shove it into one of your nostrils.  Draw attention to yourself, then close the empty nostril and blow the grass out, hopefully with enough velocity to carry the balled-up grass a good distance.  “Make sure your sinuses are clear before trying this; people dislike being struck by particles of extraneous nose-matter.

Bring on the comments

  1. John B says:

    Excellent. I’m eagerly awaiting that caption competition.

    I haven’t been able to do the ‘shrieking monkey’ since I was a kid. I’ve lost the magic!

  2. K8 says:

    Hi John! Yes the shrieking monkey is the most irritating but most fun way to enjoy grass. Unless you’re a stoner of course.

  3. Baino says:

    I am so up for a nose cannon fight! *must remember not to sniff*

  4. Ben says:

    its like when you were in school and was given a 5 page essay on the life of a blade of grass…

    i never got in trouble in school.


    i once knew a guy who got that essay to do. He’s now a binman. Making 100k a year. not me.

  5. Gaye says:

    K8! Wow that brought back the memories of the Shrieking Monkey and Magic Climbing grass days. I have never heard of the other two, so will have to try next time I am playing on and with grass.
    Cool beans! Tnx for sharing chicka.

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