Today I learned about the Christmas pickle. A supposedly German tradition, where you hide a pickle in the Christmas tree and whoever finds it first gets a reward. Apparently this is a well known tradition in the US, but not of German origin and in fact completely unknown in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Rudolph Hass, the man who grew and patented the original Hass avocado tree, didn't make very much money despite its success as most people bought one single tree and then grew vast orchards from cuttings. He only made $5000 from his patent, and remained a postman his entire life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Scientists discovered a cypress tree in North Carolina that is at least 2,624 years old, which means the tree was alive for centuries before the advent of Christianity, the Roman Empire, and the English language. charlotteobserver.com/new…
Pooping is really the only reason for a sloth to ever leave its tree, and it's the only time they have to stand upright. They only poop once a week, and can lose up to one-third of their body weight by pooping. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned about a 30-foot tall tree stump that has been floating upright in Crater Lake, OR since 1896. Dubbed the "Old Man of the Lake" the stump 450 years old, is strong enough to stand on, and is known to drift against the wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
In 2004, a black bear was found passed out in a Washington State campground after drinking 36 beer cans; when rangers tried to scare it away, it climbed up a tree to take a nap. It was caught the next day after returning for more beer. countryrebel.com/bear-ste…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Sap and resin are totally different things. Sap is thin, runny and carries water and nutrients. It's basically the blood of the tree. Resin is viscous and used to heal wounds. All trees have sap. Only some trees have resin. Resin is NOT thickened sap. They are chemically totally different. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap
Scandinavians have traditionaly used things like moss, tree bark and burned bones during periods of famine. Bark bread, bread made from tree bark was a common recipe during food sortages and tree bark is still used today in certain recipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In Japan, 40% of golfers have hole-in-one insurance. Celebrations of the feat have become so expensive, millions of golfers pay $65/year for $3500 of coverage to reimburse any costs incurred (champagne, food, tree-planting ceremonies, etc.) while celebrating the "lucky" shot. en.woshiru.com/living-in-…
The 5th oldest known tree on earth was burned down by a Floridian woman who was smoking meth inside it in 2012 clickorlando.com/news/201…
Today I learned about the oldest trees in the world, the oldest one ever found known as Prometheus located in Nevada, which lived for approx 5000 years until it was cut by a graduate student and United States and Forest Service for other research purposes unknowing of the history of the tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
All Hass avocados throughout the entire world are from grafted seedlings propagated from a single avocado tree that grew in the back yard of Rudolph Hass in California in 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
, certain redwood trees are unable to produce chlorophyll, making them albino. They survive by obtaining sugar through the connections between its roots and those of neighboring normal redwood(s), usually the parent tree from whose base it has sprouted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Tortoise shells and tree resins are natural plastics gia.edu/doc/SP06A3.pdf
Early versions of Microsoft Word included copy protection mechanisms that tried to detect debuggers, and if one was found, it produced the message "The tree of evil bears bitter fruit. Only the Shadow knows. Now trashing program disk." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The lifespan of blue whales is estimated by their earwax, which builds up in seasonal cycles somewhat like the rings of a tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
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…
There's a tree of Italian pasta dishes with Cacio E Pepe at the very top, and each branch below changing by adding only one ingredient. youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7GW…
Today I learned about the Ghost Moth of New Zealand that spends 5-6 years as a grub, making a burrow in a tree in the shape of a '7', but only spends a couple of days as an actual moth, as it has no mouthparts. If it's lucky enough to find a mate, it lays 2000 eggs before starving to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Apples do not reproduce true to type, meaning that the tree from the seed will produce apples that are almost certain to be different than the parent. Unless you pollinate the tree by hand, there is no way to know who the other parent is, considering bees could have used almost every other tree thespruce.com/can-you-gro…
In parts of India, coconut tree climbers earn more money than software engineers. english.mathrubhumi.com/f…
If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species. lawinfo.com/resources/cri…
The superstitious tradition of knocking on wood for good luck is believed to have been conceived by ancient Indo-European people who believed that spirits (both good and bad) lived within the trees. By knocking on a tree one was asking for a blessing from the spirit which lived within. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
In 2018 the car loan platform Lending Tree reported that while Tesla buyers only spent 4.6% of income on car payments, the least among all studied brands, the highest payment-to-income ratio brands were Buick and Chrysler, with both having buyers spend 10.9% of their income on car payments. autonews.com/article/2018…
Victor Harry Feguer, the last person to be put to death in the state of Iowa, requested his last meal consisting of just an unpitted olive. The seed found in his stomach implied that he had hoped for an olive tree to sprout forth at his burial site nydailynews.com/news/crim…
Ichneumon wasps lay their eggs inside trees where they detect formerly laid and evolved wood wasp larvae. They paralize the other larvae through poison and then lay their single egg on top of it. Scientists are not sure how they find their victims through centimenters of solid tree bark youtube.com/watch?v=KxHck…
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…
Today I learned of "Swino", a pig who raided a campsite in Australia. Campers heard crunching in the night & found Swino drinking several cans of beer they'd left out. Other campers reported seeing the pig eat trash, mess with a cow, swim in a river, pass out under a tree. He was later found dead, hit by a car. outdoorrevival.com/featur…
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…
Today I learned about the Sunland Baobab, a tree so big it had a pub installed in it in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The worlds smallest park is located in Portland, Oregon and it consists of just 1 tree and is only 2ft across. It even has an official parks and rec sign atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The longest family tree in the world is that of the Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius (551–479 BC), and he is the descendant of King Tang (1675–1646 BC). The tree spans more than 80 generations from him, and includes more than 2 million members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
"Granny Smith" namesake of the apple, was a real person. Maria Ann "Granny" Smith first cultivated her famous apple tree after throwing away tazmanian crabapples' seeds and cores while baking a pie, and taking care of the tree that sprouted as a result en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A full-sized tree has been growing out of the 110 ft steeple of a courthouse in Indiana since the 1870s atlasobscura.com/places/c…
Today I learned about the "gringo tree". So named because when exposed to he sun it becomes red and peeling. sayulitabeach.com/tree-bl…
The stoutest tree in the world is Árbol del Tule, located in Mexico, with a circumference of 42 m and over 1,400 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Today I learned about the Jabuticaba tree which grows warts like fruits directly on its trunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jab…
Today I learned about Witness Trees. These are trees that were present during key moments in American history. They have been known to hide bullets from those events within new layers of wood and bark. To help preserve their historic relevance, a Witness Tree Protection Program was launched in 2006. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
A significant contribution to the 2003 NE blackout was the tendency of high-voltage lines to sag under high current. As one power line sagged, touched an unmaintained tree and faulted, the load on remaining lines increased, causing a cascade of sagging onto trees and faulting. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about the Bushy Tree diagram, a retrospective and interactive history of visual interactive computing systems digibarn.com/stories/desk…
Today I learned about the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi , planted in 288 BCE, is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. It has been protected since its planting mainly due to its religious significance in Buddhism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
Today I learned about Thimmamma Marrimanu the tree with the greatest perimeter length in the world.A distance of 846 m is required to walk around the perimeter of its canopy. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Leonardo da Vinci observed a relationship between the areas of tree trunks and branches that has been validated by current studies of many species, and has multiple theories explaining the relationship insidescience.org/news/un…
Most limes don't have seeds, so in order to reproduce, part of the lime tree must be grafted onto another tree, essentially cloning it mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Roots of a rubber tree species in India known as The Ficus Elastica are so strong that sometimes they join each other and create hanging bridges for locals to pass atlasobscura.com/places/r…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
Today I learned of the Gympie Gympie plant, aka β€œSuicide Tree”: with a sting that feels like β€œbeing burned by acid and electrocuted” one man reportedly shot himself after using a leaf to wipe his arse. australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned of a 100yr old+ Winchester Model 1873 was found abandoned against a tree with the bottom of its stock buried in 4-5 inches of accumulated soil and vegetation, in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, saving it from an eventual wildfire which destroyed said tree. Its called the Forgotten Winchester en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Baby Hoatzin birds are born with claws not only on their feet, but also on their wings. This allows baby Hoatzins to flee predators in the tree by leaping into the water below their preferred nesting sites. The wing claws allow them to climb back up the tree before they learn to fly. audubon.org/news/hoatzin
Sponges are living animals and were the first animals to diverge from the evolutionary tree from all animals' common ancestor, making them the sister group of all other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Callery Pear tree flowers smell like semen theawl.com/2013/04/your-s…
Microbes living within tree trunks and root systems generate massive amounts of methane (50-65 million tons of methane annually from wetland trees alone) nationalgeographic.com/en…
Today I learned of all felines, the Margay (tree ocelot), native to Central and South America, is most adapted for a true arboreal life.It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180Β°, enabling it to run head-first down trees like squirrels.It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Alice In Chains began recording β€œDirt” in LA on April 29, 1992, the first day of the riots. They broke to Joshua Tree to process the experience and continue writing before returning to finish the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
In 1964 British marines were given LSD and as result ended up laughing and lost all sense of urgency with one of the men joyfully climbing up a tree youtu.be/UhqnUTOkpuQ
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…
A U.S. Army veteran used his military sharp-shooting skills to rescue a bald eagle which had been hanging upside down in a tree for days with its leg tangled in a rope, 70 ft from the ground; Jason Galvin fired 150 shots from a .22 rifle with scope at the rope until it released the eagle. abcnews.go.com/US/sharp-s…
Bananas do not grow on trees. The banana plant is specifically classified as an arborescent (a tree-like) perennial herb making banana a berry. pitara.com/science-for-ki…
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…
Tree Wells Are Responsible For 20% of All Ski Deaths. 90 per cent of tree well victims fail to free themselves unaided, which highlights the importance of riding with other people when venturing off piste. mpora.com/snowboarding/tr…
A woman burnt down the 5th oldest tree on earth while smoking meth tampabay.com/news/crime/2…
, The first recorded car accident occured in Ohio City in 1891. The driver was James William Lambert, he lost control of the vehicle because he hit a tree root and smashed into a hitching post. ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
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…
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree has multi-coloured streaks on its trunk that comes from patches of outer bark that are shed annually at different times, showing the bright-green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. amusingplanet.com/2011/10…
β€œEkyogero” is a practice, among Mother-Infant Dyads in Urban Uganda, of bathing babies in herbal medicine consisting of various herbs including leaves, roots, and tree barks. The herbal medications were used to prevent and treat skin rashes, treat abdominal colic, and give the baby good luck. awesomemediahub.com/2017/…
All "Hass" Avocados can be traced back to a single "Mother Tree" raised by USPS Mail Carrier, Rudolph Hass in the 1930s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Most of the tree is literally dead wood. asca-consultants.org/news…
Tea tree oil is not made from tea plant but Melaleuca Alternifolia, commonly known as tea tree, a species of tree or tall shrub in the myrtle family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
Today I learned of the Crichton Leprechaun, a supposed sighting of a leprechaun in a tree in Crichton, a neighborhood of Mobile, Alabama youtu.be/K1ljOcl39PQ
Fish have small, roundish, special ear bones called otoliths located near their brains that provide the fish with balance, knowledge of their velocity, and hearing, however, ichthyologists can study otoliths to determine a fish's age and health just as dendrochronologists study tree rings. fishbio.com/field-notes/f…
The first olympic marathon gold medalist told hittler that he hoped he won't start a war. And brought him an olive tree branch instead of nazi waving. pappaspost.com/august-1-1…
The red ovenbird, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting it slowly dry, like adobe construction.When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
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…
Before the invention of toothbrushes, Europeans cleaned their teeth with rags rolled in salt or soot while Indians and Africans chewed on sticks from the Salvadora tree. theconversation.com/curio…
During World War I, both sides used fake trees as spy posts. To make them, engineers would find a dead tree, then take sketches of it and make a detailed replica. At night, they would then would tear out the original tree and replace it with the fake. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Today I learned of BartholomΓ€us Traubeck, an artist and engineer who discovered how to make music from tree rings. β€œA record player that plays slices of wood, [in which] year ring data is translated into music." The trees year rings are analyzed and this data is used to generate piano music. canyouactually.com/when-y…
The Christmas tree that is annually set up in Trafalgar Square is donated by Norway as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Central American/Southern Mexican Chechen tree, which produces very poisonous sap, grows next to the Chacan tree, which produces an antidote sap that remedies its counterpart. wideopenspaces.com/this-p…
In 2014, Christians in South Korea put up a giant Christmas tree which was visible from the North Korean border. The North Koreans claimed it was a tool for psychological warfare and demanded it be taken down. The defence ministry claimed the was dismantled for safety concerns. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
President Theodore Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1902 to promote environmentalism. To his surprise, his rebellious son brought a small Christmas tree. foresthistory.org/preside…
Today I learned about Tree Marriage, symbolic marital union of a person with a tree that is said to be infused with supernatural life. britannica.com/topic/tree…
Palmer Chocolate, famously sold in Dollar Tree, is not considered real chocolate by the United States FDA. consumeraffairs.com/news/…
An army veteran rescued a bald eagle dangling upside down from a rope in 75-foot tree by mowing down the branches with his rifle al.com/news/2016/07/minne…
Darwin's Beetle (Chiasognathus grantii) have giant mandibles (more than 1/2 their body length) they use to battle males as they climb trees where females are found for a chance to mate. The mandibles can hook rivals under the wings to throw them off the tree, as well as the female after mating. snotr.com/video/4493/Kill…
In 2013, a wild pig at a Port Hedland, Australia campsite made the news after drinking 18 cans of a camper's beer, getting into a fight with a cow, and eventually passing out under a tree. countryrebel.com/pig-stea…
Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and they are found in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. The red and blue pigments, which are highly favored by females, derive from light diffraction in facial collagen fibers. Every night, each mandrill group sleeps in a different tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Only the outer layer of tree trunks are alive. The center of the trunk is technically dead but it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact. A piece of the dead core 12" long and 1" by 2" in cross section set vertically can support a weight of twenty tons. arborday.org/trees/RingsT…
The "filet gumbo" mentioned in the Hank Williams song "Jambalaya" is actually filΓ© gumbo. FilΓ© powder is a flavoring derived from a Sassafras tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
Today I learned about Hemimastix kukwesjijk which is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa. It constitutes an entirely new Kingdom, a new branch on the tree of life. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about Moroccan tree climbing goats. Argan trees produce a fruit that looks like a shriveled olive and ripens each year around June. The resourceful goats crave the bitter taste and aroma, climbing up to 30 feet above ground to get the fruit. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
In 1952 a chemist was helping out a milk truck driver complaining about the smell of rotten milk in his truck by extracting oils from evergreen trees. 2 years later he patent his β€œodor-destroying, air-perfuming substances,” invention shaped like a little tree with a string attached to it. arnoldclark.com/newsroom/…
Today I learned of Ski Valley at Sangre de Cristo in New Mexico, which has "Tree Martinis" to calm the nerves of the skiers heading down the mountain. skifederation.org/tree-ma…
The native, undomesticated variety of the avocado is known as a criollo, it's small, has dark black skin, contains a large seed. It probably coevolved with extinct megafauna. The avocado tree has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America, likely beginning as early as 5,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avo…
Granny Smith Apples originated by accident, when a lady dumped a crate of old rotten French crab apples in her garden and then later found an apple sapling growing there. The tree grew to produce green tart apples that had never grown before. culinarylore.com/food-his…
The ground cinnamon sold in most stores is actually derived from "cassia", a tree related to "true cinnamon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Pink peppercorns are related to cashews and can cause an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, for those with tree nut allergies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Today I learned of the Coral Tree. Part of the genus Erythrina, Coral Trees are native to Eastern Mexico, South America, and South Africa. Their uniquely shaped flowers bloom in bright red from February to June. geog.ucsb.edu/take-a-tour…
There is a type of tree that produces 40 types of fruits a year. The β€˜Tree of 40 Fruit’ are fruit trees created using the technique of grafting, as an intersection of art, farming, and preservation and each tree produces an incredible harvest of all kinds of stone fruits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…

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