Are those berries I see in yonder bush?
Now the monk, being a prudent fellow, prepared carefully for his retreat, packing provisions of food and drink, taking along a tent to act as his hermitage, as well as extra clothes for warmth and protection - not forgetting bug spray and a first aid kit. Changing from his habit to sleek spandex biking shorts, with biker slippers and a bright skinny top, crowned with the latest bike helmet, the monk mounted his all-terrain-state-of-the-art bike and set off, into the woods - to live a solitary life in holy poverty and rigorous asceticism...
Into the woods!
All alone in nature...
"What did you say, Mr. Fox?" Asked the incredulous monk weaving to and fro over a rock he thought was the fox dressed up like his grand mama. Then, in the distance, the monk thought he heard music... disco music. Off he went, looking for the bar, as the berries made him thirsty - but he was naked as a Jay-bird - although he imagined that he was covered in foliage, like the green men of the forest.
However, the next day a hiker found the naked monk wandering near the edge of the forest. It soon became clear the poor monk had accidentally eaten poisonous berries... The rest of the story is related here, without embellishment, I might add:
The hiker called police in Unterwössen, a Bavarian town right near the Austrian border, after he spotted the naked, scraped-up man staggering around in the woods.The moral of the story? If you go into the forest to be a hermit, maybe bring along your cell phone and lap top like the others do. And just say no to drugs and alcohol. Oh, and keep your clothes on. Then, if you can't ask for donations, maybe your online forest friends can do it for you.
The mysterious man declined the do-gooder hiker's help, but when police came they found him disoriented and cold and hospitalized him.
It was discovered there that the man was a monk from a nearby town, Traunstein, on a camping trip by bicycle.
After accidentally eating poisonous berries, he had had hallucinations and partial paralysis, wandered off and couldn't find his way back to his tent.
The monk survived without any serious health problems, and police credited the hiker who found him with helping to ensure he didn't suffer any more than he did. - News Source