Friday, May 16, 2008

Guess Who? 2008-05-16 B

Hundreds flock to holy 'weeping tree'

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – An acacia tree that started sprouting a foamlike substance on its branches after its owner died is drawing hundreds of people a day to see what some believe is supernatural ice.

To the naked eye, the white stuff about 20 feet up in the tree looks like ice braving the South Texas heat.

Not likely, say insect and tree experts who viewed photographs of the substance. They said the "miracle ice" is probably nothing more than a spittlebug nest.

"It looks like spit, basically," agreed Paul Johnson of the Texas Forest Service.

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