People in Auburn hurled toilet paper over the branches of the majestic live oaks at the corner of College and Magnolia because they don’t know how much longer they’ll be able to toss TP at the trees. The next time the Tigers notch a major football win, the century-old trees might be dead.
Last week, a lab at Mississippi State confirmed that someone poisoned the soil around the trees months ago using an herbicide called Spike 80DF.
There’s no other words for this outside of “how horrible.” And I don’t even care about Alabama.
This reminds me of a story from the “Oops” episode of RadioLab about a scientist that accidentally ended up killing the world’s oldest tree. Worse, he later found out that the tree was probably the world’s oldest living anything. Like, older than Jesus old. That part’s around the 15 minute mark here.