As everyone who’s ever had a real (as opposed to artificial) Christmas tree knows, 23½ minutes after Christmas is over they throw all their needles on the floor, to get caught up in socks and stick in the soles of your bare feet for months afterwards.
Now it turns out that some scientists are trying to ruin this part of the festive experience. According to a professor of plant physiology at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College, “Needle drop is a major issue after a tree is detached from its roots and used as a Christmas tree”.
“Detached from its roots”? Is that, like, PhD talk for “cut”?