- Irony Alert July 22
Los Angeles' George Harrison Tree, a memorial to the deceased Beatles lead guitarist, has died of irony. More specifically, a pernicious beetle infestation killed the tree, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Harrison spent the end of his life in Los Angeles before dying of lung cancer in 2001. Since he was a keen gardener, the city planted a sapling in his honor three years later, in Griffith Park. Yet within a decade, beetles had overrun the plant; as the Times notes, other trees in the park have also been felled by bark beetles and ladybug beetles.
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge says the city will plant a new tree to replace the dead one. Hopefully, the pests will let this tree be.- -
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