Now that we’re done annoying other humans with our incessant tweets, a museum in Denver is asking you to badger a poor, innocent plant with the micro messages. The city’s Museum of Nature and Science created an online campaign to see if plants that are talked to, as the old wives’ tale goes, grow faster than those who aren’t.
The experiment, which is being livestreamed at talktoaplant.com, goes like this: Plant A suffers by hearing your tweets spoken to it by a robot-like while Plant B is wonderfully secluded and isn’t pestered by your tweets. So far, Plant A is healthier. Not only is it an inch taller, but its leaves are greener. It’s either a coincidence or the theory is working, as Digiday notes.
Opening Oct. 11, the exhibition is a joint campaign between the museum and Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. The hashtag #talktoaplant has collected more than 300 messages and has heard nearly 6,000 words since the experiment began a few days ago. The plants will be measured for one last time when it closes on Jan. 5.
So until then, channel your lame #HipsterCongress tweets to the plant because it has no choice not to hear it.