Looks too real not to be fake

Slate’s Today’s Papers closes today with this:

Wall Street Journal says fake Christmas trees—or “faux” trees, as the high-end sellers call them—are going upscale. The faux models now account for 70 percent of the trees found in U.S. homes, and some even come with a small bag of loose needles one can spread on the floor to enhance the effect. After testing out a tree handcrafted from goose feathers, the WSJ gives the Kmart Martha Stewart Everyday 7-and-a-half-foot Mount Rainier tree the thumbs down. Its “too-perfect triangular shape and aggressively green color” are a little disconcerting, says the author. In other words, Martha’s creation looks far too real not to be a fake.