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The World’s Oldest Trees…40 centuries plus

Of the many scenic wonders found within the Inyo National Forest, one of the most amazing is the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, located between 10,000 and 11,000 ft. in the White Mountains, east of the Sierra Nevada. These trees are the oldest known living trees on earth. Here in the White Mountains, the ancient trees have survived more than 40 centuries, exceeding the age of the oldest Giant Sequoia by 1,500 years…

Each Bristlecone pine, from young seedling to ancient relic, has an individual character. And in the Ancient Forest, where trees had more than four and a half millennia to develop their character, each tree is a true individual. Every single tree in the Ancient Forest is at least 4,000 years old, many reach 4,500 years and the oldest one – Methuselah – has a confirmed age of 4,768 years which secured its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In order to protect Methuselah from souvenir hunters and people who would just “love it to death,” the forest service does not disclose its location. It only hints that Methuselah is on of the trees right along the trail in the Ancient Forest.

More at  The World’s Oldest Tree | Interesting Pictures.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | plant, Wow! | | Comments Off on The World’s Oldest Trees…40 centuries plus

Flying bath tub

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Electricity had to be cut off after 75mph winds from Typhoon Morakot blew a [bath tub] onto 40ft high power cables in China.

The bath ended up resting on high voltage cables over a road in Longgang town, Wenzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, reports People’s Daily.

It is believed the [bath tub] was being thrown out by a nearby hotel and had been left on a balcony where the wind picked it up.

via Ananova – Typhoon blows bath on to power cables.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Strange, weather | , | Comments Off on Flying bath tub

If the price on that flat screen TV sounds too good to be true…

A brand-new 37-inch Sony flat screen television for $100? Great deal — until you take it out of the box and realize you just bought an oven door.

San Leandro police Lt. Pete Ballew called it a variation on the old “rocks in a box” scam, in which a box is presented as containing new, expensive electronics for sale but is actually full of rocks.

More at  San Jose Mercury News.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Dumb buyers | 1 Comment

AAACHOOOO!

Picture 4Via Fark.com

Caption via me

August 12, 2009 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on AAACHOOOO!