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(Athens Banner Herald)   Native Americans used a method of dramatically shaping trees in order to mark trails and other important landmarks. Many of these trees, bent 90 degrees and running parallel to the ground, are being rediscovered today   (onlineathens.com) divider line 40
    More: Interesting, trees, parallel, 39th state, trails, professor emeritus, Pikes Peak  
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2012-04-02 12:57:22 PM  
TAIWWP
 
2012-04-02 12:59:32 PM  

TheSneakerWhore: TAIWWP


Came here to say this. Well done, Athens Banner-Herald. Had to look in the comments to see one.
 
2012-04-02 12:59:48 PM  
No photos. Weak.
 
2012-04-02 01:02:00 PM  
Sounds like Bonsai Kittens to me!
 
2012-04-02 01:04:06 PM  
 
2012-04-02 01:08:48 PM  
Here's an article about some stuff that's cool to see. But since it's still the 1800's and our resident engraver is out sick with the measles, this rousing description will have to do, my good man!
 
2012-04-02 01:08:54 PM  
img511.imageshack.us

When the Oak Tree is bent, Magua will know the way.
 
2012-04-02 01:10:24 PM  
Woman says downtown bar makes strong drinks
Food carts show potential beyond hot dogs


The "Most-Viewed" article list is more interesting than the article.
 
2012-04-02 01:12:24 PM  

animal900: No photos. Weak.


i798.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-02 01:16:41 PM  
www.highlandwoodworking.com

What a tool that makes trees parallel to the ground might look like
 
GOB
2012-04-02 01:16:58 PM  
I remember finding lots of trees with knots tied in their trunk around our family cabin when I was young. Turns out my grandfather would tie saplings into a knot just so they would grow that way. I don't know if there was any purpose to it other than seeing the result years later.
 
2012-04-02 01:19:06 PM  
I read "onlineathens" as "onli neat hens".

/No, this is not Ernie Anastos.
 
2012-04-02 01:19:35 PM  

GOB: I remember finding lots of trees with knots tied in their trunk around our family cabin when I was young. Turns out my grandfather would tie saplings into a knot just so they would grow that way. I don't know if there was any purpose to it other than seeing the result years later.


That's actually pretty awesome I think.
 
2012-04-02 01:24:33 PM  
"If they could talk, the stories they could tell," said Steve Houser, an arborist and founding member of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition.


Tree Diary

April 2nd, 1712

WTF!? these damn hominids have bent me to the ground. frkkers
 
2012-04-02 01:32:04 PM  
Indeed.
aintnogod.com
 
2012-04-02 01:32:06 PM  
tremendousnews.com

Finally this image makes sense.
 
2012-04-02 01:32:28 PM  
What an indian tree might look like:

www.bay-of-fundie.com

a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2012-04-02 01:33:56 PM  
Oh come on.
 
2012-04-02 01:34:11 PM  

keithgabryelski: "If they could talk, the stories they could tell," said Steve Houser, an arborist and founding member of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition.


Tree Diary

April 2nd, 1712

WTF!? these damn hominids have bent me to the ground. frkkers


Or, maybe "Hrrooommmm. My name is growing all the time, and I've lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to. Also, I'm wearing an onion on my belt, as was the style at the time."
 
2012-04-02 01:35:46 PM  
TFA gave me wood.
 
2012-04-02 01:36:28 PM  

traylor: Oh come on.


Missed it by *that much*.
 
2012-04-02 01:38:21 PM  
I seem to recall one here:

farm8.staticflickr.com

Fellow Dallas Farkers may be able to confirm one way or the other.
 
2012-04-02 01:40:33 PM  
Sometimes a bent tree is just a bent tree.
 
2012-04-02 01:51:04 PM  
Less time bending trees.
More time getting ass kicked.

// Good advice for anyone
/// At least they got casinos
 
2012-04-02 02:01:59 PM  
FTFA: "Those who research the trees have a verification process, as they must be old enough - at least 150 to 200 years old."

and must be carried from tree to tree

/whar crtfct?
 
2012-04-02 02:09:14 PM  
Shoulda taken that left bent tree in Albuquerque.
 
2012-04-02 02:36:46 PM  
"If they could talk, the stories they could tell,"

True. But the downside is that trees are, generally, not very good at telling stories. Well, not at making them interesting, anyway.
 
2012-04-02 03:01:06 PM  

Current Resident: "If they could talk, the stories they could tell,"

True. But the downside is that trees are, generally, not very good at telling stories. Well, not at making them interesting, anyway.


You have to listen....not with your ears...but with the ears of your heart.
 
2012-04-02 03:10:29 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Current Resident: "If they could talk, the stories they could tell,"

True. But the downside is that trees are, generally, not very good at telling stories. Well, not at making them interesting, anyway.

You have to listen....not with your ears...but with the ears of your heart.


This exchange sounds much funnier in the voice of Hank Kimball.
 
2012-04-02 03:40:59 PM  

Handsome B. Wonderful: Sometimes a bent tree is just a bent tree.


ahhh, thank you for at least mentioning it. FTA - the distinction between a bent tree and an Indian bent tree trail marker for the Indian Highway System apparently is age. Trees that weren't bent before 1853 are just coincidentally distorted growth trees. Those bent before have magically become important to Native American Heritage....
 
2012-04-02 04:34:16 PM  

keithgabryelski: "If they could talk, the stories they could tell," said Steve Houser, an arborist and founding member of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition.


Tree Diary

April 2nd, 1712

WTF!? these damn hominids have bent me to the ground. frkkers



www.wearysloth.com

approves.
 
2012-04-02 04:35:45 PM  

traylor: Oh come on.


That was almost a pretty goddamned epic simulpost.
 
2012-04-02 04:46:18 PM  

Current Resident


True. But the downside is that trees are, generally, not very good at telling stories. Well, not at making them interesting, anyway.


Perhaps they would like to hear a story instead.


That's entertain ent!
 
2012-04-02 06:04:31 PM  
What if the bent tree is gone?

--Take a right anyway, dummy.
 
2012-04-02 08:29:02 PM  

Devolving_Spud: What an indian tree might look like:

[www.bay-of-fundie.com image 300x225]

[a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 600x403]


cdn2.holytaco.com
Those guys had a kickass sense of humor.
 
2012-04-02 10:37:28 PM  

Handsome B. Wonderful: Sometimes a bent tree is just a bent tree.


Exactly, I would laugh my ass off if the mapped the trees the kids in our family bent on accident by jumping onto smaller trees off larger ones, it was an accident but almost all of them still ended up growing at that weird parallel to the ground angle with branches sprouting up.

Do they have a map up of what they have "discovered" so far? I would bet money some of ours are on there since we had some near our house that had a creek running through it and in our mountain property that had rivers and caves on the property..... "Ohhhhhhhhhh look at this one, its pointing to a cave"........ No its not, thats just the tree I fell into trying to scare my sister you dumbasses.
 
2012-04-02 11:35:08 PM  
You know who else did things with trees...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-03 12:17:36 AM  
Meh. Big deal. Bigfoots (bigfeets?) do this all the time.
 
2012-04-03 02:02:54 AM  
OK, the swastika trees is pretty effin LOL.

Which one of you totalfarkers did that?
 
2012-04-03 05:05:47 AM  
Mountain Stewards Trail Tree Project (new window)

You're welcome
 
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