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162526.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:39 am Reply with quote

Question: What do the world’s oldest tree, the world’s most isolated tree and the only tree known to have been planted by Shakespeare have in common?

They were all destroyed by humans.

The oldest tree:

In 1964, student Donald Currey was taking samples from Promethius, now known to be the oldest tree, when his boring tool broke inside the tree. He asked for permission from the US Forest Service to cut it down and when he examined it, it turned out to be 5000 years old and the world’s oldest tree.


World’s most isolated tree:

This was the Tree of Ténéré or L’Abre du Ténéré which, in the Sahara desert, was the only tree for 250 miles. Of course, despite being so isolated, a drunk Libyan truck driver knocked it down and killed it.


Shakey’s tree

Shakespeare was supposed to have planted the mulberry tree in New Place, his former home, however Rev. Francis Gastrell was so upset by the number of gawking passers-by hanging around his house that he took an axe to the mulberry tree and cut it to pieces. An entrepreneur called sharp took advantage of the situation though, a man called Sharp began to sell wooden likenesses of Shakespeare carved, so he claimed, from the very mulberry tree destroyed by Gastrell. The number of items supposedly carved from that tree were slightly suspicious though, and co-incided with a sudden decrease in the number of mulberry trees in the surrounding area.


Frederick The Monk
162537.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:55 am Reply with quote

Here's the tree of Ténéré and its lovely new metal replacement.

162540.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:58 am Reply with quote

And here it is as the only tree in the world to figure on a map at a scale of 1:4,000,000.


162565.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:25 am Reply with quote

As was observed in the meeting, the 5,000 year-old tree was the oldest-known living thing in the entire Universe, and they killed it to retrieve a boring tool. Imagine what they would have done for a really interesting one.

163832.  Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:09 am Reply with quote

“One of the world’s rarest rabbits has been spotted in Sumatra for just the third time in the past 35 years. Grainy images show the small Sumatran striped rabbit nibbling on undergrowth in the Bukit Barisian National Park. The rare species was last spotted in 1972.”
- Western Daily Press, 6 Apr 07.


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