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BOOJUMSBlue Objects Observed Just Undergoing Moderate Starbursts (NASA)
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These include the boojum and elephant trees, a bursage with fruits more like a cactus, and such real cacti as the sour pitahaya and cardon.
Perhaps even stranger than the creeping devil is a tree called the boojum. Known locally as cirio (tapered candle), the boojum was named by English explorer Godfrey Sykes in 1922 after the mythical creatures that occupied distant shores in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.
Typically reaching sixty feet or more, the boojum has a thick lower trunk that becomes progressively thinner towards the top.
The obscure nature of the existential threat raised by the Boojum variety of Snark has inspired endless interpretive speculations on the poem's philosophical symbolism.
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see, something more than a creature to be hunted, anatomized, and turned into a commodity.