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2013-08-27 09:21:35 PM
The Bartlett pear is descended from pears grown by the Bartlett family. They didn't plant the pear trees, however--they were on the land that had formerly belonged to Thomas Brewer in Roxbury, Mass., when Enoch Bartlett bought it, and it took about a century and a half to realize that these trees were an already existing variety known by a different name (Williams, or bon chretien) in England and France. By then, the name had stuck to the pears, which is why you find it on millions of cans of them even today. The power of branding.

A couple different Bartlett families are my ancestors including the pear people and the ancestor of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence, which is ironic when you consider how many of my ancestors fled to Nova Scotia before, during or after the Revolution. In a moment I will check my family database to see if I have Governor Endicott already. Perhaps he will be worth tracking down and adding to my own orchard of family trees.
 
2013-08-27 09:59:26 PM
This just in: Trees live hundreds of years.
 
2013-08-27 11:11:20 PM
Followup: Unknown asshats break fence, cut down 383-year-old pear tree.
 
2013-08-28 12:10:43 AM
But atoms have an age! How is this possible? Does the tree just select the healthiest and hardiest of carbon atoms?

gopher321: This just in: Trees live hundreds of years.


Trees make poor astronauts. So let's not let trees outlive us. Unless you are happy with your sad handful of two decades of useful life between childhood and decrepitude?
 
2013-08-28 12:14:11 AM
So how much longer till we find natural gas on the property and frack that shiat for the precious juice which could contaminate the water table and eventually result in a scorched earth
 
2013-08-28 12:15:02 AM
i wonder if they hung any witches from that tree.
 
2013-08-28 12:15:19 AM
Bet that fruit tastes like chicken.
 
2013-08-28 12:15:48 AM

brantgoose: The Bartlett pear is descended from pears grown by the Bartlett family. They didn't plant the pear trees, however--they were on the land that had formerly belonged to Thomas Brewer in Roxbury, Mass., when Enoch Bartlett bought it, and it took about a century and a half to realize that these trees were an already existing variety known by a different name (Williams, or bon chretien) in England and France. By then, the name had stuck to the pears, which is why you find it on millions of cans of them even today. The power of branding.

A couple different Bartlett families are my ancestors including the pear people and the ancestor of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence, which is ironic when you consider how many of my ancestors fled to Nova Scotia before, during or after the Revolution. In a moment I will check my family database to see if I have Governor Endicott already. Perhaps he will be worth tracking down and adding to my own orchard of family trees.


CSB.
 
2013-08-28 12:16:02 AM

Chariset: Followup: Unknown asshats break fence, cut down 383-year-old pear tree.


Yeah, I have to think that this is one of those cool facts that should have been a well-kept secret.
 
2013-08-28 12:17:07 AM
I'll bet the wood would be great for smoking some baby backs on my grill.
 
2013-08-28 12:17:13 AM
What a sappy story
 
2013-08-28 12:17:42 AM
I have 2 pear trees that won't do shiat.  If I could buy scions of the scions of the scions of the.... whatever... of this tree, I would.  Hell it's been producing for almost 400 years so there must be a lot of seed.  Right?
 
2013-08-28 12:18:38 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: But atoms have an age! How is this possible? Does the tree just select the healthiest and hardiest of carbon atoms?

gopher321: This just in: Trees live hundreds of years.

Trees make poor astronauts. So let's not let trees outlive us. Unless you are happy with your sad handful of two decades of useful life between childhood and decrepitude?


Would have been a home run if you'd thrown in 3D printers
 
2013-08-28 12:21:40 AM
I like trees
 
2013-08-28 12:23:16 AM

Omahawg: I like trees


Do you love lamp?
 
2013-08-28 12:25:11 AM
That is because you are crazy. It has no feelings and the new one is much bedherr.
 
2013-08-28 12:25:58 AM
I don't see how this story about a tree made it to Fark and this one at the bottom of the page didn't.

Skinny dippers in Scandinavia warned over invasive fish that targets testicles
 
2013-08-28 12:27:37 AM

brantgoose: The Bartlett pear is descended from pears grown by the Bartlett family. They didn't plant the pear trees, however--they were on the land that had formerly belonged to Thomas Brewer in Roxbury, Mass., when Enoch Bartlett bought it, and it took about a century and a half to realize that these trees were an already existing variety known by a different name (Williams, or bon chretien) in England and France. By then, the name had stuck to the pears, which is why you find it on millions of cans of them even today. The power of branding.

A couple different Bartlett families are my ancestors including the pear people and the ancestor of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence, which is ironic when you consider how many of my ancestors fled to Nova Scotia before, during or after the Revolution. In a moment I will check my family database to see if I have Governor Endicott already. Perhaps he will be worth tracking down and adding to my own orchard of family trees.


farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-28 12:28:31 AM
www.pechanga-nsn.gov
/hot old oak approves
 
2013-08-28 12:29:54 AM
July 4 1776. do the math subby.
 
2013-08-28 12:31:29 AM
A few hours drive from here is a big sign that reads "Farthest North Spruce Tree" and that sign resides in front of a dead hulk of a spruce tree.  Not long after that sign was put up, some guy decided that he'd be forever famous as the guy that poisoned the farthest north spruce tree.  Now, there several spruce trees farther north these days, but they aren't advertised.
 
2013-08-28 12:32:15 AM
I am surprised that George Washington didn't try to take a wack at it by now.
 
2013-08-28 12:33:45 AM

red5ish: I don't see how this story about a tree made it to Fark and this one at the bottom of the page didn't.

Skinny dippers in Scandinavia warned over invasive fish that targets testicles


Pretty sure that hit main like a week ago.

//too lazy to check
 
2013-08-28 12:35:12 AM

Chariset: Followup: Unknown asshats break fence, cut down 383-year-old pear tree.


It was probably evil Lincoln.
 
2013-08-28 12:35:38 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: But atoms have an age! How is this possible? Does the tree just select the healthiest and hardiest of carbon atoms?

gopher321: This just in: Trees live hundreds of years.

Trees make poor astronauts. So let's not let trees outlive us. Unless you are happy with your sad handful of two decades of useful life between childhood and decrepitude?


You know, you should really consider branching out into something else. Have you considered the anit-vac'ers or maybe the flat-Earthers? You craft some good rants, you just need a broader base to work with.

/If my company ever sends me your way I swear I'm going to buy you a beer
 
2013-08-28 12:35:50 AM
That sound you hear is a million GOP fanboys sharping their saws.
 
2013-08-28 12:37:06 AM

gadian: A few hours drive from here is a big sign that reads "Farthest North Spruce Tree" and that sign resides in front of a dead hulk of a spruce tree.  Not long after that sign was put up, some guy decided that he'd be forever famous as the guy that poisoned the farthest north spruce tree.  Now, there several spruce trees farther north these days, but they aren't advertised.


Oops.  Sorry, wasn't poisoned.  Idiot cut the bark in a circle around the base.  It was the "hanging tree" at an old plantation near where I grew up that was poisoned.
 
2013-08-28 12:37:55 AM
Damn fruity trees trying to tell real american trees how to live their lives
 
2013-08-28 12:41:38 AM

gadian: A few hours drive from here is a big sign that reads "Farthest North Spruce Tree" and that sign resides in front of a dead hulk of a spruce tree.  Not long after that sign was put up, some guy decided that he'd be forever famous as the guy that poisoned the farthest north spruce tree.  Now, there several spruce trees farther north these days, but they aren't advertised.


So...
Who was it?
 
2013-08-28 12:46:23 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: I am surprised that George Washington didn't try to take a wack at it by now.


He had his chance.
 
2013-08-28 12:46:29 AM
Pear wood is supposed to make good harmonica combs.

Just saying.
 
2013-08-28 12:50:59 AM

jjhinnola: gadian: A few hours drive from here is a big sign that reads "Farthest North Spruce Tree" and that sign resides in front of a dead hulk of a spruce tree.  Not long after that sign was put up, some guy decided that he'd be forever famous as the guy that poisoned the farthest north spruce tree.  Now, there several spruce trees farther north these days, but they aren't advertised.

So...
Who was it?


Hell if I know.
 
2013-08-28 12:52:18 AM

Apik0r0s: That sound you hear is a million GOP fanboys sharping their saws.


Man, you are nothing if not reliable. And wrong.
 
2013-08-28 12:53:19 AM
Read the comments on this article, HILARIOUS.
/Not these comments
//those
 
2013-08-28 12:58:02 AM
When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root.

Not to shiat on a romantic myth or anything, but to be fair, when the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts, the Indians had died out so recently that the whites found empty cabins, winter corn, and cleared fields waiting for their use.
 
2013-08-28 12:58:36 AM

Aquapope: I have 2 pear trees that won't do shiat.  If I could buy scions of the scions of the scions of the.... whatever... of this tree, I would.  Hell it's been producing for almost 400 years so there must be a lot of seed.  Right?


My family had two pear trees, they didn't produce diddly for fruit.  I think part of the problem is you need cross pollination, and if all you have an isolated tree or two two trees of the same type on a property then you get buttkiss or smaller nasty fruit. And usually people don't plant pears, so it's unlikely their will be any others around the neighborhood.
 Plums and Lemons though, plant one of those and you'll be that crazy guy trying to give buckets of fruit away.
 
2013-08-28 01:00:41 AM
Ah, white people history.

Seriously, I'm white, but f*ck the b*tch who wrote TFA.
 
2013-08-28 01:00:46 AM

Noam Chimpsky: i wonder if they hung any witches from that tree.


Hanged...
 
2013-08-28 01:00:57 AM

R. Paulson: Read the comments on this article, HILARIOUS.
/Not these comments
//those


Thank you, I never would have stuck around the article. Fantastic.
 
2013-08-28 01:05:11 AM

gibbon1: Aquapope: I have 2 pear trees that won't do shiat.  If I could buy scions of the scions of the scions of the.... whatever... of this tree, I would.  Hell it's been producing for almost 400 years so there must be a lot of seed.  Right?

My family had two pear trees, they didn't produce diddly for fruit.  I think part of the problem is you need cross pollination, and if all you have an isolated tree or two two trees of the same type on a property then you get buttkiss or smaller nasty fruit. And usually people don't plant pears, so it's unlikely their will be any others around the neighborhood.
 Plums and Lemons though, plant one of those and you'll be that crazy guy trying to give buckets of fruit away.


Why? If you've extra plums, make tkemali or wine. If you've extra lemons, make pretty damn near anything.
 
2013-08-28 01:09:07 AM

bojon: R. Paulson: Read the comments on this article, HILARIOUS.
/Not these comments
//those

Thank you, I never would have stuck around the article. Fantastic.


Good read right?
 
2013-08-28 01:12:22 AM

gopher321: This just in: Trees live hundreds of years.


How about hedges?  I have hedges in my front yard that I want to die, how long do these suckers live?
 
2013-08-28 01:15:58 AM

R. Paulson: bojon: R. Paulson: Read the comments on this article, HILARIOUS.
/Not these comments
//those

Thank you, I never would have stuck around the article. Fantastic.

Good read right?


Ha, should have read those before posting.
 
2013-08-28 01:16:40 AM

frestcrallen: When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root.

Not to shiat on a romantic myth or anything, but to be fair, when the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts, the Indians had died out so recently that the whites found empty cabins, winter corn, and cleared fields waiting for their use.


Also, "wilderness" was a bad thing, as it indicated wasteland not being used for any purpose other than killing people.
 
2013-08-28 01:20:33 AM

Apik0r0s: That sound you hear is a million GOP fanboys sharping their saws.


Good one. Now tell us about the Jews.
/juice?
 
2013-08-28 01:22:37 AM
My grandfather found a pear tree growing in a flooded area that killed a few hundred folks. I look out at it every morning over my kitchen table. It is 92 yrs old and still producing differing strains of pears.
 
2013-08-28 01:23:46 AM

gadian: A few hours drive from here is a big sign that reads "Farthest North Spruce Tree" and that sign resides in front of a dead hulk of a spruce tree.  Not long after that sign was put up, some guy decided that he'd be forever famous as the guy that poisoned the farthest north spruce tree.  Now, there several spruce trees farther north these days, but they aren't advertised.


Yanno, it's crap like this that is the reason why botanists try to hide the locations of really special trees now, like the oldest Sequoias.  Some moron goes out and decides "hey, I'm gonna be the guy who killed the oldest living tree on earth."

/people like this are why we can't all enjoy nice things
//can we cut him apart and count his rings?
 
2013-08-28 01:25:20 AM
I bet that pear tree has "unattractive and coarse" fruit because it's not a variety meant for fresh consumption, but rather for making perry. Beer, ale, cider, perry, rum, and brandy were pretty much all you drank back then, since the water could quite possibly kill you.
 
2013-08-28 01:26:37 AM
One of the first fruit trees?

Do you even know how advanced native civilization was?
 
2013-08-28 01:28:04 AM
So how long did it take to actually produce fruit?
 
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