Your Christmas Tree Is Infested with Something Called 'Bark Lice'

In "throw your tree out the window and burn all your possessions" news, it turns out the beloved Christmas Pine doubles as a half-way house for mites, moths, spiders, and something disgustingly named "bark lice". Puke/Shudder. This is giving the Christmas tree rash a run for its disgusting money. » 12/24/12 1:40pm 12/24/12 1:40pm

Tree Trafficking Is Real and It’s Ruining Christmas

Last night, SNL made perhaps the strongest case for getting a fake Christmas tree instead of a real tree by pulling the manhole cover off the underground tree trafficking trade, which each year sells hundreds of freshly cut fir trees to dendrophiliacs like Fred Armisen. The holidays can be a sad, sordid affair for… » 12/09/12 12:00pm 12/09/12 12:00pm

Woman Celebrating Four Years Cancer-Free Also Survives Freak Tree…

I'll be honest: if I were Amanda Shank, a small part of me might be questioning if there was some kind of personal smoting campaign going on. Shank, who lives in Arlington, VA, was in Annapolis with her mother this weekend for a regular checkup with her oncologist and to celebrate four years in remission from Hodgkins… » 7/01/12 4:30pm 7/01/12 4:30pm

Do You Have Christmas Tree Syndrome?


Does this time of year always make you feel a bit under the weather? It might be your Christmas tree's fault! Of course, it could also be your overzealous consumption of holiday punch and your constant diet of buttery cookies. But it's probably that damned tree that you paid like 65 bucks for and then dragged all the… » 12/18/11 6:05pm 12/18/11 6:05pm