Allergy season is in full force in the Northeast, and one New Jersey resident decided to see how much pollen one tree had by trying out a little experiment at the expense of locals.
With his wife Jennifer filming the demonstration, Eric Henderson grabbed his backhoe loader and merely tapped a tree weighed down with pollen.
The result will make you want to grab some tissues.
Pollen Bomb! Eric Henderson wondered what would happen if he tapped a pollen-laden tree with his backhoe in Millvi… https://t.co/nQB1VU2Fi1— Mike Seidel (@Mike Seidel) 1525817478.0
Henderson detonated a toxic cloud of pollen, undoubtedly causing massive sneezing frenzies for many Millville residents.
The tractor becomes engulfed in (Movieclips Entertainment/YouTube)
@mikeseidel https://t.co/MPlxHa8Xy3— Clark Oliver (@Clark Oliver) 1525871696.0
The impact unleashed a puff of yellowish-green fury that even affected viewers watching the clip at home.
@mikeseidel @Pogalo My eyes are swollen shut from watching this— Kyle Tilley (@Kyle Tilley) 1525891948.0
@mikeseidel Omg sinus headache just looking at it— Lorraine Sheffer (@Lorraine Sheffer) 1525824121.0
@mikeseidel I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly sneezing— emergency manager (@emergency manager) 1525872872.0
@mikeseidel @MJVentrice https://t.co/z2NY9GzURq— CapeBeachBum (@CapeBeachBum) 1525823175.0
Not even being dramatic I think I would go into anaphylactic shock and actually die https://t.co/flQRQJzJH0— Tayl ❁ (@Tayl ❁) 1525878866.0
What's happening? Speaking of which, one person remembered this 2008 nature-gone-wild flick from M. Night Shyamalan.
@nbcbayarea OMG! I would die. My whole family would die. An entire generation wiped out by a tree. Seems fair.— Cynthia Owens 🌊 (@Cynthia Owens 🌊) 1525886955.0
Rare footage of #pollinator of conifers finally recorded! Almost as efficient as #buzzpollination https://t.co/wrJ5nCrR23— Mario Vallejo-Marin (@Mario Vallejo-Marin) 1525880796.0
Locals thought the demonstration wasn't very nice.
@nicrodemo I hope Eric is allergic to pollen.— Pamela Burridge (@Pamela Burridge) 1525892976.0
@SnowXwonS @mikeseidel https://t.co/yH6CQUed3g— Camera Boy (@Camera Boy) 1525890856.0
@mikeseidel @neontaster https://t.co/i2ixHW7BXU— So now THIS is happening!? 🌬🍃❄ (@So now THIS is happening!? 🌬🍃❄) 1525831801.0
If you're frequently sneezing and clawing at your itchy eyes, you're most likely living in the 30% region of the country suffering from a "medium-high" pollen count, according to the National Allergy Map.
Dr. Maria Castells, an allergist and immunologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital said those living in the Boston area should expect a "severe year."
She explained that the length of pollen season is determined by temperature, and the presence of snow and ice still in the region delayed the release of allergens into the air.
The pollen was ready to go in the air but that was not allowed because of the low temperature. So what we will be seeing this pollen season is a burst of pollen.
It's going to be a pretty severe year because [there have] already been several bursts of pollen out there that have been in between days where the temperature has gone down, so pollen is not being released in the air.
And there will be very few bursts in the next week or so. There is a lot of pollen from the trees that have not been released and will continue to be in the air.
It looks like allergy season got the kickstart it needed. Thanks, Eric Henderson.
@mikeseidel 🤧🤧😭 https://t.co/1fc3myQhM2— Snow (@Snow) 1525821757.0