The Guardian reports,

The brazil nut – a traditional Christmas stocking filler, coated in chocolate – could become an endangered species if intensive harvesting continues, according to British and international researchers.

Where is the international outrage over this? Personally, I like Brazil nuts a lot more than, say, snail darters or spotted owls. I’m not sure I’ve ever had one coated in chocolate, but it sounds good.

And this would make a fine Monty Python sketch:

The tree can live for more than 500 years, but its survival depends just on one species of female bee and a rodent the size of a rabbit with unusually strong, sharp teeth.

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