Rob D. spotted this on Houston today between Avenue A and Avenue B. And how about that newspaper for verification? "Didn't have a paper handy so I used my Petopia receipt. Hope it suffices in the eyes of the coalition."
Via Skype, I spoke with an International Coalition of Tree Tossing in the Spring (ICTTS) official who is currently investigating the authenticity of a 300-year-old tree found in Frankfurt (Germany). After hearing the explanation, the official said, "The Coalition respects and appreciates Rob's resourcefulness. There is something rather MacGyver-like about this. Of course we are also big Richard Dean Anderson fans."
Meanwhile, one reader thought that using a newspaper for verification purposes was a little "old fashioned" given that no one reads newspapers anymore. The reader asked if someone could use the front page of The Daily on an iPad instead.
The short answer, via the ICTTS: No.
Updated: Interesting development... EV Grieve reader Josh has now come forward with a similar sighting ...
"Took a picture, but like Rob, no newspaper proof that it was today. If you look at the file name, which is generated by date and time, you get some solid proof! I don't care about this to the extent I would go changing file names... or do I?"
We're now sending this via a Coalition-immunity pouch to the ICTTS lab at or around Langley.