1000 year old wooden structures are made of Ore-pine, the heartwood of prepared old-growth mountain pines; the trees had their branches removed and were left to stand, the tree resins bleeding upward and out through the cut branches and thus making the heartwood more resinous and rot resistant. talknorway.no/wooden-buil…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
"knotty pine" paneling was made popular in New England homes because ship captains requested their ship quarters be well-outfitted with knot-free pine. The shipbuilders took the leftover knotty pine to use in their own homes. thisoldhouse.com/westerly…
Methuselah is a 4,852-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains in California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Today I learned about Cook's Pine (Araucaria columnaris) a tree from New Caledonia that, no matter where it is grown, will always tilts towards the equator. The closer to the poles, the greater the degree of the slant. Scientists predict this is due to the strongest sunlight being at the equator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Today I learned about the Forest Swastika, a giant swastika made of larch trees in a pine forest 60 miles north of Berlin. The swastika was planted in 1938 by Nazis, but escaped detection until the early 1990s when an aerial survey of the land was made. The German government frantically destroyed it. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
Aimo Koivunen overdosed on methamphetamine, stepped on a land mine, survived for a week in a ditch by eating pine cones, skied 250 miles and was found weighing 94lb with a heart rate of 200bpm. Then wen ton to live for another 45 years! thedorkages.com/aimo-koiv…
Today I learned about the Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) in Poland, a forest of pine trees that bend sharply to the North before returning upright after 3ft of growth, thus resembling fish hooks. No exact reason has been found for their shape as yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Sokushinbutsu is the practice of Buddhist monks self-mummifying while still alive. They'd spend years preparing by relying on a diet of pine needles, resins & seeds, which eliminates bodyfat. After starving, the monks would stop drinking, which dehydrated & shrank their organs, leading to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
HMS Porcupine was blown in half by a German torpedo, the two halves were towed back to the UK and recommissioned as two ships; HMS Pork and HMS Pine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I Learned that the seed, inner bark, pollen, and needles of some pine trees are edible. skilledsurvival.com/eatin…
In 1536, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew were cured of scurvy by drinking tea of pine needles and by eating bark given to them by the Iroquois after the crew suffered months of nutritional deprivation at sea. Pine needles have approximately 3 to 5 times more vitamin C than an orange wildedible.com/pine-needl…
President Eisenhower hit the same pine tree so many times playing Augusta National that he tried to get the club to remove it in 1956. The club's chairman adjourned the meeting so he wouldn't have to disagree with a sitting POTUS. Sadly the tree had to be removed in 2011 due to an ice storm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eis…
Jeff Bezos made a cameo in Star Trek Beyond (2016) as an alien. Even Chris Pine didn't know who he was but knew he was important due to the "nine bodyguards and three limos." geekwire.com/2016/jeff-be…
During the time of the 3rd Reich, the Hitler Youth planted larches in a pine forest so that when autumn came it looked like a swastika from the air. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The state flower of Maine is a pine cone maine.gov/sos/kids/about/…
Pine bark bread is high nutrient, low calorie famine food. practicalselfreliance.com…
Today I learned about the American Revolution's Pine Tree Flag which featured the words "An Appeal to Heaven." It was one of a few different flag designs used for the new nation during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Pine trees can produce a soapy foam after a heavy rainfall, due to rain water dissolving chemicals from the tree bark as it flows down the stem of the tree. wonderofeverydaynature.co…
A symbiotic fungus can turn regular pine trees into carnivorous plants that consume up to 90% of soil-dwelling insects the fungus-infected roots can reach for their nitrogen, which the trees use for growth blogs.scientificamerican.…
The Gap Band stands for Greenwood, Archer, and Pine. Greenwood, once dubbed β€œBlack Wall Street”, was a thriving Black community destroyed by the Tulse Race Massacre in 1921. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Most Americans aren't aware of blackcurrant flavour (one of the most popular soft drink and confection flavours in the world) due to a ban on the plant in the 1900s because of its role in spreading disease among white pines, a principle industry of the growing American republic. businessinsider.com/black…
Today I learned about Donald Rusk Currey who studied the trees in Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Forest in 1964. He got permission to cut down a specific tree, named Prometheus, for study. After being felled, he discovered that the tree was over 4,844 years old and is still the oldest tree ever discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Pine cones have genders. The large cones that people usually picture are female, whereas the smaller cones are male. Male cones pollinate female cones, producing a seed from which a new tree can grow. earthrangers.com/conifero…
In the old Stonehenge carpark, and over twice as old as Stonehenge itself, there are some 1m wide Mesolithic pine post holes, which means that something had been there for 5,000 years before the familiar stone structure was completed. silentearth.org/10000-yea…
Today I learned of The Crooked Forest of Poland, or Krzywy Las where about 400 pine trees grow crooked with a sharp 90 degree bend at their bases and oddly all point in the same direction-North. They grow to be about 50 feet tall and are generally healthy despite the unnatural curves at their bases. nytimes.com/2017/03/31/sc…
Some forests actually benefit from fires and depend on periodic fires to continue thriving. Certain types of pine trees have "fire cones", which remain sealed shut until the intense heat of a fire melts them and allows the seeds to be released afterwards. americanforests.org/blog/…
Maple trees aren’t the only trees tapped for syrup. The sap from Pine, Birch and Black Walnut trees also produce edible syrup. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In 1963 One Man Accidentally Killed the Oldest Tree Ever Recorded. It was a Great Bristlecone Pine, Nicknamed the Prometheus tree, and it was almost 5,000 years old. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1976, Japan donated 53 bonsai trees to the US for its bicentennial, including a white pine that had been tended daily since 1625 and survived the Hiroshima atomic blast. Its history was unknown until 2001, when two brothers showed up at the museum to check on their grandfather’s tree. washingtonpost.com/local/…
Today I learned that the US banned Black Currants to save pine trees foodtolive.com/healthy-bl…
Eating pine nuts can cause "pine mouth," a bitter or metallic lingering taste in the mouth that can last for weeks. latimes.com/local/abcaria…
In Greek mythology Theseus encountered a bandit named Sinis who would kill travelers by having them help him bend pine trees to the ground, after which he would let go causing them to be catapulted to their deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
In addition to pine tar, it's against the rules of Major League Baseball to put any substance on a baseball, even spit. The penalty for spitting on the baseball is immediate ejection from the game, and a possible suspension. digg.com/2014/what-is-pin…
In Brazil there is a pine nut, 20 times the size of normal pine nuts, which is both very tasty, and at the same time also under threat of extinction. This nut ("pinhΓ£o") is prepared in a similar way to chestnuts, e.g. by boiling on the stove, and has a buttery, creamy taste. healthtraveljunkie.com/pi…
The Delorean wasn't a fast enough car to reach 88 mph in the Twin Pines Mall parking lot and that Marty would have actually crashed into the booth instead of traveling back to 1955. popularmechanics.com/cult…
Today I learned of the Pine Barrens speculation. From 1789 to 1796, three Georgia governors, while in office, made gifts of land grants covering more than three times as much land as Georgia then contained. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_B…
One of the reasons your lungs feel refreshed when walking through a pine forest is because of an anti-inflammatory compound called a-Pinene, found in conifers. It is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma and abundantly present in marijuana. steephilllab.com/resource…
Romans may have invented the burger, called Isicia Omentata, over 1,500 years ago which was made with minced meat, pepper, wine, pine nuts and a rich fish-based sauce called garum. The Romans also introduced the first fast food restaurants, called a thermopolium, that sold hot ready-to-eat food. museumcrush.org/the-1500-…
A patch of larch trees covering 0.89 acres of pine forest in northeastern Germany was planted and arranged to look like a swastika in 1938. In the autumn and in the spring, the colour of the larch leaves would change and contrast with the deep green of the pine forest to form the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned about rosin potatoes, a technique used for cooking potatoes by dropping them in boiling pots of pine rosin. thecookscook.com/features…
Crime is a major problem in Pine Ridge Indian reservation and since many of the Native Americans grow up as master horsemen, the reservation has an actual problem with gangs of Indians on horseback terrorizing the towns and riding away into the sunset where police vehicles can't follow. msnbc.com/msnbc/law-disor…
99.9% percent of Americans have never tasted blackcurrant, a widely popular berry in Europe. They were outlawed for almost a century because they spread a fungus that killed white pine trees. blackcurrant-iba.com/wp-c…
The Scots pine (Pinus silvestris) in Chernobyl adapted by modifying its DNA to resist radiation-induced damage to its genome sciencedirect.com/science…
The oldest living non-clonal organism known at the time, Prometheus, was a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree. It was 4,847 years old when it was cut down to retrieve a tool used to take core samples that was stuck in the tree before its age was determined. nps.gov/grba/learn/histor…
Linoleum is made of only natural ingredients, like flaxseed oil, pine resin, wood flour, cork dust, calcium carbonate and natural pigments, which makes it a very environmental friendly flooring, on the contrary to vinyl with which it is often confused. designlife-cycle.com/lino…
Pine nuts come from pine cones huffingtonpost.com.au/ent…
The Jersey Devil. A legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.The common description is that of a kangaroo-like or wyvern-like creature with a goat- or horse-like head, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Certain features of North American pine forests continue to grow in the southern portion of the continent because they are relics from the much colder ice age of 12,000 years ago. These include the Rocky Mountain Pines and white spruce forests on the Great Plains. americanforests.org/magaz…

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