Reading While Eating for April 30: Speaking for the Trees

Today's must-read links for your lunch break are all about trees! The Lorax would be proud.

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Just Hangin’ Around: If you forgot to celebrate Arbor Day (which was this past Friday), don’t worry about it. You can still celebrate. Start with these photos of goats standing in trees. No, they’re not ‘shopped. Nature! (The Huffington Post)

Natural Wonders: Continue to get yourself into the spirit with these 16 amazing stories about trees, plus eight bonus fun facts. (mental_floss)

Think Ink: One of the best things about trees, obviously, is that they serve as a great hangout for sloths. If you’re a fan of the animals, why not pay permanent homage to the adorably lazy creatures with a brand new sloth tattoo? Check out this list if you need some inspiration. (BuzzFeed)

Another Option: Okay, so you don’t want to get a sloth permanently inked on your body. Understandable. How about a tattoo of Larry David instead? These are all pretty, pretty, pretty good. (BuzzFeed)

Sounds of Starvation: A team of physicists in France discovered that trees make certain sounds when they’re starved for water — as opposed to when they’re just thirsty. Listen here. (NPR)

Go Out on a Limb: Treat yourself to a belated Arbor Day vacation and stay at one of the world’s coolest tree house hotels. (Travel + Leisure)

Family Tree: Now, let’s branch out and pay some homage to another kind of tree: the royal family tree. If you were wondering (and we know you were), yesterday, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated their second wedding anniversary. (

The Great Indoors: Staying inside to play some video games instead of going outside to hang out with trees? We’re not judging. Why not make an art project out of it and craft your very own functional plush game controller? (The Daily What)

The Best Kind of Trees: Are obviously Fake Plastic Trees. Enjoy this video of everybody’s favorite falsetto-crooning R&B singer, Frank Ocean, covering the classic Radiohead tune. (Flavorwire)