Congratulations to Scriptor Senex for the winning post memories. And, yes, there is something about these little nuts that makes one want to collect them :).
The acorn of the English Oak has a spike attaching it to the twig. When these fall and the acorn rolls out of its cup one is left with a miniature smoker's pipe. We used these to enable our glove puppets to pretend to have a smoke in the days before this was not a 'Bad Thing' for children to do.
The acorns themselves would be planted and we would watch the little oaks grow.
Even nowadays I cannot help but pick up acorns when I see themn on the ground - there's something about them that makes one want to collect them - even if logic dictates there is no point.
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