30 Mar '16, 7pm

Spring is here! And so are the semen trees.

People say Asheville, North Carolina, is a beautiful town, and its beauty lies mostly in the landscape. Nestled deep in the North Carolina hills, Asheville is especially lovely in the spring, as color comes back to the Blue Ridge Mountains. But there is a problem with Asheville in spring: It smells like shit. Actually, it doesn’t smell like shit , per se. It smells more like the inside of a scrotum that has been trapped in tight pleather shorts for six to 12 months. On a recent visit to my hometown, my girlfriend, meeting my family for the first time, asked if Asheville has a public masturbation problem. “Why does it smell like semen around here?,” she asked as we walked downtown with my family. Advertisement – Article continues below “Oh,” my sister said. “That’s just the Bradford pears.” Bradford pear trees, also known as the Callery pear, have small, white petals that t...

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