As some Auburn fans use Twitter humor to take the edge off the outrage over an Alabama fan's allegedly poisoning two iconic oaks at Toomer's Corner, others are establishing Facebook accounts dedicated to saving the trees and ridiculing the suspect.
The crime also ranked highly in today's most frequent Google searches.
A Twitter account in the name "toomersoaks" has the trees talking to fans online. Among the quips attributed to the oaks today were:
"Anyone know of a good home for 42 squirrels?"
"Never had Spike80DF before. From the name, I thought it was some sort of energy drink."
"Some mornings, photosynthesis seems barely worth the trouble."
Facebook accounts are sprouting like early spring flowers. Among the ones just set up are "Save Toomer's Corner Trees," which over 700 Facebook users liked; "Support for Toomer's Corner Oaks," which over 3,000 people liked; and "You can kill a tree, but you can't kill a spirit. SAVE Toomer's OAKS," which prompted over 6,000 Facebook fans to click the "Like" tab.
Alleged tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke today has more than a dozen Facebook pages devoted to him, including "Put Harvey Updyke in Prison," "I hate Harvey Updyke," "Auburn hates Harvey Updyke," "Tiggers, Bammers, and Other SEC Football Fans Who Hate Harvey Updyke," and "Free Harvey Updike (Updyke)."
At one point today, "Harvey Updyke" was No. 2 among Google trends' most searched terms. Other hot search terms related to the AU tree attack were "Toomer's Corner trees" at No. 4, "Auburn trees poisoned" at No. 5, and the herbicide "Spike 80DF" at No. 9.