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Beatles VS. Beetles! George Harrison’s Memorial Tree Destroyed By An Insect Infestation!

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Talk about irony!

A tree planted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in memory of the late great Beatle George Harrison had to be taken down over the weekend…

Because it was infested with ACTUAL beetles!

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Starbucks Stops Using BUGS In Their Drinks!

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Yay!!!! Wait, there were BUGS in their drinks?!?!?!

Last month, news broke that Starbucks' Strawberry and Creme Frappucino wasn't vegan, even with soy milk because of its secret ingredient.

If you're hoping it's strawberries….sadly it's crushed BEETLES!

It all started when a vegan employee announced that the beetle extract as an ingredient, and Starbucks has come out and defended the choice because of their "all-natural" ingredients.

Beetles may be TOOOO natural for folks, as petitions have been signed and the coffee chain has agreed to seek other options.

We're glad to see Starbucks listening to the people

Let's just hope that secret menu doesn't have any secrets like this one!

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Specialists Trick Beetles Into Leaving Trees Alone

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Forest Beetles

Dayle Bennett works for the U.S. Forest Service.

A big problem is an explosion in the population of beetles and their destructive effects on trees.

The beetles crawl onto trees, tear up the bark and go to town.

But this is bad for the trees, especially when the beetles are in such large numbers.

The beetles communicate by marking trees with pheromones (smells basically) that tell other beetles to chow down or stay away.

So Mr.Bennett figured out that by using the "stay away" smell the beetles would literally stay away, leaving the trees alone.

Score one for science!

[Image via WENN.]

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