Woman foretells future with asparagus

March 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

BIRMINGHAM, England, March 12 (UPI) -- An Englishwoman from the country's main asparagus-growing area says she discovered by accident that asparagus can be a fortuneteller's tool.

Jemima Packington of Worcestershire took her gift to the British Trade and Travel Fair in Birmingham as a promotion for her county's asparagus, the BBC reported. She says she is the only British asparamancer.

Packington throws asparagus on the floor and makes her predictions based on the pattern. She said that some years ago she made a prediction that came true based on an asparagus pattern and realized she was on to something.

"I can't even remember what prediction I made when I was young but my family went very quiet and it came true and the rest is history," she told the BBC.

One of her visitors in Birmingham was Tony Robinson, an actor best known as Baldrick, Blackadder's sidekick in the BBC sitcom. Packington's asparagus landed in the shape of a four, which Packington said meant his affairs are coming to a head and he must be prepared for an opportunity.

"I feel as if a great burden has been lifted from my shoulders," Robinson told the BBC.

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