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Issue 85 - September 2008 - Page 7

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
  2. Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres
  3. Webmail Account Phishing Scam
  4. Katie Fitch Prayer Request Email
  5. Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email
  6. World's Largest Swimming Pool
  7. Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax
  8. Montauk 'Monster' Photograph
  9. Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears
  10. Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus
  11. Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
  12. Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
  13. Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
  14. Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales
  15. Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax

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Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax

Summary:
Email claims that attached photographs depict a huge living tree located in India in which figures of animals have miraculously grown naturally all over the tree's trunk without human influence (Full commentary below).



Status:
False - Tree is artificial

Example:(Submitted, August 2008)
Subject: A Mysterious Tree in NALGONDA --- Andra Pradesh --- India

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 1

At a glance you may be confused the above tree with a massive trunk with a 'Baobab' tree (which is renowned to possess the largest tree trunks of the world) but, this is yet another unknown specie which is seen in the close proximity of a hermitage deep in the dense forest in 'Andra Pradesh' in India. And most importantly it is natural not artificial.

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 2

Now have a close look at the bark and experience the unbelievable figures of creatures engraved in the surface of the entire tree trunk!! Absolutely real!!! Not man made

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 3

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 4

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 5

Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax 6




Commentary:
According to this email forward, attached photographs show a massive tree that has a trunk covered with detailed images of many different creatures. The email claims that the tree is an example of an unknown species that grows in a dense forest in Andra Pradesh India. The message would have us believe that the tree is a completely natural living plant and that all of the animal figures on its trunk have mysteriously grown there naturally and without human interference.

Not surprisingly, these claims are utter nonsense. The "tree" in the photographs is completely artificial and, moreover, it is not even located in India. The tree is, in fact, the famous Tree of Life, an icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom, a theme park located in Florida, USA. The artificial tree was assembled out of a range of materials and appears amazingly lifelike. An article about the tree on Disney information website, DIS, notes:
The first challenge was designing a 145 foot tall "tree" that could stand up to hurricane force winds, but still look realistic. A unique system of fabricating and assembling the branches was designed that brought the flexibility that was needed to bring this idea to life. There are 45 secondary branches that lead to 756 tertiary branches. With 7891 end branches, the entire structure is covered with 102,583 manmade leaves, each of which is more than a foot long.
Carvings of well over 300 animals were then added to the surface of the tree by a team of skilled artisans. The massive trunk even houses a theater that screens a 3D animated movie, Its Tough To Be A Bug.

More photographs of The Tree of Life can be viewed on pansophist.com and on many other websites.

References:
The Tree of Life
Disney's Animal Kingdom - The Tree of Life
Its Tough To Be A Bug
Tree of Life: pansophist.com

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Issue 85 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
  2. Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres
  3. Webmail Account Phishing Scam
  4. Katie Fitch Prayer Request Email
  5. Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email
  6. World's Largest Swimming Pool
  7. Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax
  8. Montauk 'Monster' Photograph
  9. Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears
  10. Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus
  11. Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
  12. Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
  13. Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
  14. Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales
  15. Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax