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Leaves of five, let them drive

February 20, 2013 - Rob Weaver
You may have heard this story, which came across the news wire earlier Monday:

"MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Texas couple says a Tennessee sheriff's deputy pulled them over after mistaking a car decal of the buckeye leaf for a marijuana leaf. "Bonnie and Guido Jonas-Boggioni told The Commercial Appeal that they are laughing about it now, but back on Feb. 4, they were confused when a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy pulled them over as they were driving on Interstate 40 after coming back from a family member's funeral in Ohio. "Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni said the deputy asked her why she had a marijuana sticker on the back of her car. He was referring to her Ohio State Buckeyes sticker."

The woman pointed out what most Buckeyes know: the Ohio buckeye has five pointed leaves.

What the deputy should have been looking for is a sticker with seven leaves. But then, that could be a horse chestnut -- a variety of buckeye.


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