Florida's trees had a canker problem back in 2001. The obvious solution was to destroy the diseased trees. A not-so-obvious solution was to call a Kabbalah-practicing rabbi. The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Researchers worked with a rabbi and a cardiologist to test "Celestial Drops," promoted as a canker inhibitor because of its "improved fractal design," "infinite levels of order" and "high energy and low entropy."
But the cure proved useless against canker. That's because it was water—possibly, mystically blessed water.
The Sentinel alleges that the push to spread the Kaballah creed in Florida's forests came from then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was apparently in contact with celestial drop-pushing rabbi Abe Hardoon:
In August 2001, Harris herself jotted a note to Hardoon.
"I would love to see this work," it says.
Whole thing here.
[Via Obsidian Wings.]