Неожиданным побочным эффектом стало то, что люди стали писать этим деревьям письма. О том, какие они красивые, чтобы берегли себя от огня...
My dearest Ulmus,
As I was leaving St. Mary’s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You’re such an attractive tree.”
И вдруг некоторые деревья стали отвечать. Например, на это письмо:
Dear Green Leaf Elm,
I hope you like living at St. Mary's. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don't think that there is much more to talk about as we don't have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I'm glad we're in this together.
I do like living here. I hope you do well in your exams. Research has shown that nature can influence the way people learn in a positive way, so I hope I inspire your learning.
Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165
Темы для переписки оказались самыми разнообразными:
Are you worried about being affected by the Greek debt crisis? Should Greece be allowed to stay in the European Union?
I seem to remember the Greeks razed you to the ground one time — are you still angry at them?
Greece is not out of the woods yet, but may be out of the EU... Some say that they should be allowed to devalue their currency in order to recover their economy, but the EU will not allow them to do that. Some say that it is partly the austerity program, which has made it this bad. They say austerity was a disaster for Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union and for the recovery of Asia from the GFC...
I don't know, but then I'm only a tree.
Western Red Cedar, Tree ID 1058295
Очень хочу в Австралию.
Отсюда по наводке отсюда.