NPR's flagship program, All Things Considered, announced in 2005 that low-carb diet fads had reduced demand for maple syrup. Untapped maples were exploding, reported host Robert Siegel, creating a dangerous situation for New Englanders.
"An untapped tree," Siegel intoned seriously, "is a time bomb waiting to go off. Quiet stands of nature's sweeteners can turn into spindly demons of destruction."
Untapped maple trees that year caused 87 fatalities, 140 maimings, and a dozen decapitations, Siegel said. "That's the highest, ever."