Certain oak tree populations will synchronize to produce almost no acorns, only to rain them down excessively the following year, known as a "mast" year. The year preceding the mast year is thought to starve off the mammal populations feeding on the acorns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak
In the 1830s the Swedish Navy planted 300 000 oak trees to be used for ship production in the far future. When they received word that the trees were fully grown in 1975 they had little use of them as modern warships are built with metal. atlasobscura.com/places/v…
Mango rinds (and mango tree sap) contain urushiol, the oil that causes rashes from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. acaai.org/resources/conne…
The infamous willow tree from the movie My Girl (1991) was in fact fake. It was built using an oak tree with metal extensions and then covered in $15,000 worth of silk willow leaves. mknstuf.com/gallery/vdqxw…
The US Navy sustainably manages over 50,000 acres of forest in Indiana in order to have 150+ year old white oak trees to replace wood on the 220 year old USS Constitution. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
Today I learned of Cymburga, a 15th Century Polish princess who became the female ancestor of all later Habsburgs. She was "renowned both for her beauty and for her ability to drive nails into oak planks with her bare fists." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cym…
Southern live oak was a secret weapon of the USS Constitution, one of America's first naval vessels, that was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" after so many cannonballs bounced off her hull because live oak wood is a super dense wood. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
A 9-pound goldfish was discovered in Oak Grove Lake in South Carolina. The Parks Dept. Director said the lake is not downstream of a nuclear power plant and that goldfish grow to the size of their environment. Goldfish aren't native to Oak Grove Lake but aren't considered invasive. foxnews.com/science/massi…
Goats are completely immune to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. They love the stuff and can eat several pounds a day. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The Oak Ridge facility for enriching uranium in WWII used 395,000,000 troy ounces of coinage silver to build electromagnetic coils because copper was needed for the war effort. y12.doe.gov/sites/default…
The Dime (United States coin) has the flora of the Olive Branch and the Oak Branch represented with the Torch. The Torch stands for Liberty, the Olive Branch for Peace, and the Oak Branch for Strength and Independence. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dime_(…
There is a soccer (association football) pitch in the Baltic country of Estonia that has a 150-year old oak tree in the middle of it that was named the 2015 European Tree of the Year theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned palm trees are more closely related to grass than they are oak trees or pine trees as palms are monocots while most other trees are dicots en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Oak trees produce bumper amounts of acorns in roughly 5 year cycles. Squirrels will bury many more than they can actually eat increasing the chance of a new oak growing. youtu.be/DPCL9kj7_bU
Warship required some 2000 oak trees but but raising one full-grown oak required at least 150 years. Thus to secure a steady supply, use of oak was regulated by law from the 13th century in Sweden. blog.worldagroforestry.or…
The Jurupa Oak tree in California is estimated at 13000+ years old, reproduces through cloning, and only expands after being burned by wildfires to sprout new branches. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
That the preferred ink for documentation from the Middle Ages to the 20th century was Oak gall ink. irongallink.org/igi_index…
A 1920s dispute about the music played at a wardroom dance on the battleship HMS Royal Oak escalated to the point where a naval exercise was cancelled, an Admiral was dismissed, and a Captain and a Commander were both court martialled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Germany has the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. It's known as the Bridegroom Oak, and it receives about 1000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. They estimate that it's responsible for over 100 marriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Oak Trees have mites that will bite you when their leaves fall thebakerorange.com/13368/…
The first nuclear explosion almost occurred by accident in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Richard Feynman, a physicist who was working on the Manhattan Project, discovered that the military's "need to know" security resulted in a dangerous amount of uranium nitrate being stored with uranium-235. robertlovespi.net/2014/09…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
The fuzzy orange things found on oak leaves are caused by tiny insects called gall wasps that are barely visible. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
Poison oak and mangoes come from the same plant family scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of Oak Ridge, a city built in the U.S. in 1942. 100,000 people lived and worked there doing very specific tasks, most of whom with no idea of what they were working towards. In 1945 they saw news reports of the atomic bombings of Japan and realised they’d been working on the bombs all along theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Today I learned of An Oak Tree - an art installation consisting of a glass of water and a plaque with an artist Q&A claiming that "the actual oak tree is physically present but in the form of the glass of water." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_…
Telemachus Orfanos was a Navy Veteran who was at and survived the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed 58. One month later he was shot and killed in the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill shooting that killed 13. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Californian Native Americans used the poison oak to cure ringworm. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxico…
The town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was built around a large oak tree in 1717. Legend has it that George Washington and his troops camped under it during the Revolutionary War. The tree was estimated to be 619 years old when it died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
City Park in New Orleans holds the world's largest collection of mature live oak trees, some older than 600 years in age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
The Red Peppers used in Tabasco Sauce are made into a Pepper Mash and aged in decommissioned white oak bourbon barrels sourced from different distilleries around the US. tabasco.com/blog/about-ou…
Prehistoric European often connected Oak trees to their respective lightning gods. Modern scientific evidence points to Oak trees as being more likely to be struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak
King Charles II escaped Cromwell's forces by hiding in an oak tree. It is commemorated by Royal Oak Day in England on May 29th. The oak tree has since been destroyed by tourists who wanted a piece of the tree in the 17/18th century, but a son tree is in its place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned the blisters from Poison Oak/Ivy are our immune systems response to the chemical Urushiol and our immune systems cause the cells to blister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uru…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
There is a Live Oak Society composed entirely of live oak trees. The current president of the Live Oak Society is the Seven Sisters Oak, and is at least 500 years old. lgcfinc.org/live-oak-soci…
The small town of Red Oak, IA has had a disproportionate number of casualties in both the Civil War and World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
In 1987, Mr. T angered his neighbors of Lake Forest, Illinois by cutting down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. The local newspaper referred to the incident as "the Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre". en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Napoleon was buried inside six nested coffins (seven if you count the sarcophagus itself): "one made of soft iron, another of mahogany, two others of lead, one of ebony and finally the last one of oak." napoleon.org/en/magazine/…
Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar, would carry a pocket full of acorns on walks in the countryside, planting them as he went so the 'Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country's safety depended.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
, Texas billionaire and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot wrote a blank cheque to fund and save the 500-year old Treaty Oak in Austin Texas which was poisoned by a vandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Due to animals matching the output of acorns, oak trees will have a "Masting" year. A masting year will see a tree produce tons of extra nuts to prevent from all seeds being eaten. All trees in an area will do it at the same time for some unknown reason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
England use to have a public holiday known as 'Pinch Bum Day' (officially Oak Apple Day). On the anniversary of the restoration of King (1660) it was customary to wear oak leaves, anyone who failed to do so risked getting pinched, pelted with eggs or thrashed with stinging nettles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
The famous 500 year old Treaty Oak was deliberately vandalized in 1989 with enough herbicide to kill over 100 oak trees. It managed to survive and still thrives today, albeit two-thirds it’s original size ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-…
In 1687 King James II arrived with an β€œarmed force” to seize Connecticut’s Charter but during negotiations the candle-lit room went dark. This allowed Capt. J. Wadsworth to successfully sneak away with the charter and hide it in an Oak Tree, which is why today it is CT’s official State Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Because copper was prioritized for conventional war materials, the Manhattan Project borrowed 14,000 tons of silver from the US Mint for the electromagnets used in the Oak Ridge uranium refining plants. americanscientist.org/art…
Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, has been a traditional summer destination to upper class African-Americans for over a century. Though many had lived and worked in the area as early as the 1600s, by the late 1800s it had developed into an exclusive resort town. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
"An acre of corn gives off about 3,000-4,000 gallons (11,400-15,100 liters) of water each day, and a large oak tree can transpire 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) per year." usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
Today I learned about Marcescence, where trees such as oak and beech do not necessarily shed their old, dead leaves in the fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Legendary actor and decorated soldier Jimmy Stewart was initially relegated to being an "Army Recruiting Symbol". He requested to be apart of combat and would go on to earn many commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with Three Oak Clusters, and The Croix de guerre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…

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