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Don't stand underneath....


Behold, The Cannonball Tree!
(click photo for lots more photos and stuff)

Once again, thanks to Kuriositas.

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ap_aelfwine
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Wild! I'd no idea that there was such a tree. Thanks for sharing!

I'm especially fascinated that it hails from the New World but it's been found in India since a thousand years or more before Columbus. I've read enough in the pre-Columbian contact literature that I would've thought I would've heard of it before for that reason alone.
kayshapero
Mar. 16th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of it either. Those look like they'd float well enough, and India has a LOT of shoreline, so I suppose it makes some sense even if nobody went and brought it back on purpose. Presumably the stuff I don't know about ocean currents would also be involved.
ap_aelfwine
Mar. 17th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
They do look as if they'd float, although usually the possibility of such an explanation isn't enough to stop some of the pre-Columbian trans-Atlantic/trans-Pacific contact enthusiasts.*

I don't know anything about the ocean currents involved, either, unfortunately.

*It's a very frustrating field, to me. There are some interesting hints--Polynesian sweet potatoes, for instance--but on the other hand there's such a pile of paranoia, racism, and general nastiness that one doesn't want to go near it.
kayshapero
Mar. 17th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
"but on the other hand there's such a pile of paranoia, racism, and general nastiness that one doesn't want to go near it."

Oh, I dunno - can I bring a flamethrower? Or something with an ommmminous hummmmmm? :)
ap_aelfwine
Mar. 17th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I dunno - can I bring a flamethrower? Or something with an ommmminous hummmmmm? :)

I think that a flamethrower would be appropriate, and that a BH-209 plasgun would be _very_ appropriate. :-)
asg_qa_s7
Mar. 19th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
It'd be a Strohl in the park....
(g,d,r)
asg_qa_s7
Mar. 19th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Nifty!
Torg (Sluggy Freelance) should totally have one of these.
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