African elephants often bury dead or sleeping humans or aid them when they are hurt. One woman fell asleep under a tree and woke to find an elephant standing over her gently touching her. As other elephants arrived they buried her under branches. She was found the next morning unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Wood ants practice chemistry, and will synthesize an antibiotic substance using tree resin and formic acid to protect the health of their colony. It is considered to be the most advanced act of evolutionary pharmacology seen in the animal kingdom youtu.be/vt7jGGroF0Q?t=14…
There is an Australian pine growing out of an old railroad bridge in the Florida Keys named Fred the Tree. Fred survives with salt spray, lots of sunshine, and no apparent soil. Fred even withstood Hurricane Irma! fla-keys.com/keysvoices/f…
A Charlie Brown Christmas revitalized American demand for real Christmas trees, replacing the aluminum tree greatfallstribune.com/sto…
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
Today I learned of Encephalartos woodii, a near-extinct tree with only a single surviving male specimen. Without any female specimens the only way to reproduce it is to clone the male. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Confucius' family tree is the longest recorded extant pedigree in the world. There are 2 million registered modern descendants, with major branches in Korea (where his family was invited by the Goryeo dynasty in 1351) and Taiwan (where family members fled during the Chinese civil war) taiwannews.com.tw/en/news…
Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in 1958 (she turns 76 this week!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The oldest tree ever discovered was cut down by a scientist and a park ranger in order to retrieve a $50 scientific tool smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The United States gave cherry tree cuttings back to Japan in 1952 because the parent stock was struggling from neglect during WWII smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Dead leaves that remain on a tree over winter are part of a process called "marcescence" that protect against extreme temperatures and help deter deer and moose from nibbling twigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A parasitic tree in Australia creates a collar around other plant roots with a blade in it to suck their juices australiangeographic.com.…
Red squirrels make mushroom jerky, hanging fungi on tree branches to dry for winter storage preservationparks.com/new…
"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Run Run, Rudolph", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" were all written by the same guy - Johnny Marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
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…
Construction workers at the new World Trade Center site in NYC stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century Philadelphia sloop active in colonial-era Caribbean trade. Tree-ring scientists at Columbia University found that the wood used to build the ship were felled in 1773. history.com/news/tree-rin…
Standing near a Gympie-Gympie Tree can cause hives and nosebleeds, while touching one causes a severe pain "like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time." The pain can last up to two years. australiangeographic.com.…
Sharks are older than trees Sharks have existed for more than 450 million years, whereas the earliest tree, lived around 350 million years ago sea.museum/2020/01/16/ten…
Someone stole a tree from a Wisconsin arboretum madison.com/wsj/news/loca…
There is a "Christmas Tree" (actually a large bush) located in the median of I-17 in Arizona, which has been decorated every year for over 30 years by an unknown group of persons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-1…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
A single invasive tree species, the Chinese Tallowtree, accounts for nearly a fifth of all trees in the Houston area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A few days before George Lucas' high school graduation a car broadsided him, flipping him several times before he crashed into a tree; Lucas's seatbelt snapped, ejecting him and thereby saving his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Ohio Buckeye tree (for which the University's mascot is named) and the English Conker tree are both from the same genus, Aesculus, AKA horse chestnut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aes…
Johnny Marx not only wrote the song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, he also wrote Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and "Run Rudolph Run." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Today I learned about he sandbox tree, also known as the "Dynamite Tree", is covered in spikes, full of poison, and grows exploding fruits. The fruit looks like little pumpkins, but when they fully mature they explode with a loud bang and fling their seeds at up to 150 mph. britannica.com/plant/sand…
Today I learned about a tree in Georgia that that owns itself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Cinnamon is the bark from a tree. Mostly grown in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. youtu.be/DPCsk_fN1S4
The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is over 380ft (115.8m) tall. It was discovered in 2006 in California’s Redwood National Park, but to prevent damage, its exact location remains a secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Today I learned of the Palm Cockatoo, the "Ringo Starr" of the bird world, Like no other creature in the world, they fashion thick sticks from branches, grip them with their feet and drum on trunks and tree hollows australiangeographic.com.…
African blackwood was accepted as the best material for oboe, clarinets, wooden flutes and piccolos. Giving the limited resources of tropical wood species for wind instruments, other substitutive tree species were used, taking into account their acoustic impedance and acoustic radiation link.springer.com/chapter…
The North American Beaver’s favorite trees to eat are Aspen and Poplar. They consume a variety of tree species (and other plants) but avoid Red Maple, which can consequently be the only trees left standing at the edge of some beaver ponds link.springer.com/article…
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…
Mexico is the nation with the most pine tree biodiversity researchgate.net/publicat…
The modern Christmas tree originated in western Germany. They combined the Adam and Eve idea of the β€œparadise tree" with various Christ symbols (like candles, figurines and stars). By the 16th century the Christmas pyramid and the paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas tree. britannica.com/plant/Chri…
Johnny Appleseed was based on a real person, and there is still a tree producing fruit that he planted in Nova, Ohio. He became a land baron in the 1800's, selling land with orchards he planted to settlers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Bialboro di Casorzo. It is a cherry tree growing on top of a mulberry tree. Epiphytical (trees growing on other trees)trees are not unusual, but they normally reach a small size and have a short lifespan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
Today I learned about the Cave of the Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico with tree sized selenite crystals. The cave is extremely hot, with air temperatures reaching up to 136 Β°F. Without proper protection, people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time making almost impossible. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Maluku Islands were the world's sole source of nutmeg, cloves, and mace. The islands were occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, and Dutch again. During a British occupation spice tree seedlings were stolen and taken to British colonies thus depreciating the islands' value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
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 Word book origins from the tree beech (in german Buche). (From Old English bōc, which in turn comes from the Germanic root *bōk-(Buch) cognate to 'beech). β€ž...many scholars remain convinced that book (Buch) and beech (Buche) are ultimately related, ...β€œ blog.oup.com/2014/06/orig…
Musician Gram Parsons wanted his body cremated and scattered at Joshua Tree, but his family arranged for him to be buried in Louisiana for financial reasons. His friends, drunk and assisted by an unwitting police officer, stole his body from the airport and burned the casket themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Sarv-e Abarkuh is a 4000-5000 year old cypress tree that is a national monument and major tourist attraction in Iran. A legend claims that it was planted by Zoroaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
In Hindu astrology, someone born under the influence of Mars is said to have a "Mars defect", and such a bride will cause her husband's early death. To prevent this disaster, the bride will be married to a tree, an animal, or an object, and her subsequent marriage to a human will be a happy one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…

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