As if a 2-10 season, the lost 33 year bowl streak, and the free fall into the laughing stock program in college football is not enough -- now we have to deal with this:
According to the National Wildlife Federation: global warming is pushing the growing range for the ohio buckeye tree north. Left unchecked this will make the buckeye tree more common in Michigan. Obviously this can NOT be tolerated - and a group of concerned environmentalists have started a campaign to STOP THE BUCKEYE. I saw them giving out information at the M-MSU game and saw a couple of billboards on 1-94 between Ann Arbor and the Detroit airport.
A little history: The name Buckeye comes from the folklore of the Native Americans who noticed that the nut of the Buckeye tree resembles the eye of a buck deer = a buck eye. The symbol of General William Henry Harrison's 1840 presidential campaign was a string of buckeyes and a log cabin decorated with raccoon skins. His campaign song called Ohio the bonnie Buckeye state, as a result citizens in Ohio became know as "Buckeyes". Harrison won, but after delivering the longest ever inaugural address on a very cold and windy March day, He developed pneumonia and died exactly a month after his inauguration. On October 2, 1953 the buckeye tree officially became the Ohio state tree.
The tree species Aesculus glabra is commonly known as Ohio buckeye (or fetid buckeye). It derives this unflattering name from the disagreeable odor generated from the flowers when they are crushed (seriously, how ironic is that ?). The fruits contain tannic acid and are poisonous for cattle and humans. People wondering if they can eat buckeyes can do so, but only after they have been heated and leached to remove the poison.