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The Money Tree by John Macpherson
 

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  • Loch Maree, in Wester Ross, is beautiful.

    Extremely beautiful. With many small wooded islands, and some large wooded islands too.

    There's a burial site on one, and nearby is the Money Tree.

    The tradition is to leave a coin embedded in the tree, for luck. And it is considered bad luck to remove any coins.

    Well it is bad luck for the tree, certainly. Copper poisoning. Kills them.

    But wait. How can this possibly happen? Do Scottish people not have a reputation for being tight-fisted? Why would they leave money anywhere?

    True. A good point.

    But we put superstition way way way ahead of parsimony, every time.
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