Saturday, December 06, 2008

Where Have All the Acorns Gone?





(Photo from Worth 1000.)

It's a mystery that has botanists spooked. This fall, in certain parts of the country, there's not a single acorn to be found. According to the Washington Post, starving squirrels are going nuts, attacking bird feeders and Halloween pumpkins.

No one knows why the oaks have stopped producing acorns. Some say it's a sign of ecological disaster--others claim its all part of a natural cycle. Whatever the reason, if you've always wanted to impersonate Snow White and have furry little creatures eating peanuts right out of your hands, now's your chance. (On second thought, scrap that idea. I wouldn't be surprised a famished squirrel decided to take a finger or two.)

So what's it like in your part of the country/world? Seen any acorns lately?

Read more about the mystery here.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where I live there are hundreds of acorns. Yet oddly enough, no squirrels.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

The giant squirrels ate them...and soon, they'll eat US!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Arsenic said...

We have tons of acorns here because we have these two huge trees downtown and they always dump thousands of acorns on the streets.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

Aw, poor hungry squirrels! I love squirrels, they're sooo cute! XD Strange about the acorns.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous 6yearsoldandcute said...

HE\SHE IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:15 PM  
Blogger LittleChar said...

so odd, I'm not really a big fan of squirrelys

12:37 PM  
Anonymous IDHSCB said...

There a ton of these weird nuts around my school, but the hobos always take them before anything else can.
Speaking of hobos...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/HoboMarkingsCanalStFerry.jpg

Hobo code! I saw that in my history book and I think it's cool...

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Undiscovered Universe said...

You know what, that's true! I totally didn't realize that there were no acorns until you pointed it out! That's crazy!

And I love the picture/Title combo! :)

I'll bet it's because of that Oak Disease my dad's always talking about... mabey some side effect no one knew about until now? If it can kill pretty much an entire species (or at least it killed almost an entire species up here in Northern CA) it may be out to get squirrels too! GASP!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

Are there ever any acorns around here?

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Siren said...

There are loads of acorns here in Missouri. It's about freezing though. I haven't seen many squirrels n a while. There's a black walnut tree in my back yard and I picked up one of the fruits, (this was 2 or 3 weeks ago) and it died my hands black and brown. They are STILL like that. The squirrels should eat more of those.

2:53 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Cool picture!

No...I realy haven't seen any acorns around here....or any squirrels. Odd for New England. I may know why...some of my friends do love to chase squirrels with bb guns and shards of glass. x(

4:00 PM  
Blogger missterious said...

Weird. Lots of acorns where I live. But I haven't seen a squirrel for a while.

4:21 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

Oh, yeah, sorry about that, I'll give them back to the squirlleys.

Sorry for taking the acorns...lol

2:43 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Aw poor squirrels! I've never seen one before. BUT I LOVE ANIMALS!

4:30 AM  
Anonymous eternal espionage said...

I think that all of the missing acorns are in my front yard. As well as a whole country's worth of leaves. :( Plus... that is the fattest squirrel I've ever seen. That should be what is spooking people.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In tucson, az there there are no acorns ( like there ever are) i'm sad to report.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Black Rider said...

Yes it was weird, we have no acorns here! Weird! Though all the squirells are gone to!!!!!!!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one OBESE squirrel in the picture...

10:28 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Haha.... I saw a squirrel attacking my Latin teacher's bird feeder. It was hanging upside-down too... XD Now that you mentioned it, there used to be oodles and oodles of acorns here... But now, I don't see any...

3:22 PM  
Anonymous jenna said...

I love hobo code! I put a circle with an X in it on this page. (Some of you seem to think this has an M on it...)

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is 1 fat squirrel! the squirrels around here aren't THAT fat!!!!!
man of many faces :D ;D :P ;P :O ;O

10:40 AM  

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