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[–]TheRealBobbyC 642 points643 points  (7 children)

Another victory for Leslie Knope

[–]GDOG1010 51 points52 points  (0 children)

came here for a Knope comment hahahaha

[–]XWing-Pilot 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Sounds more like a Ron project....

[–]TheRealBobbyC 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Maybe. But Ron would .maybe have milled the wood to make a chair

[–]alx924 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Give him some credit. he'd have made a bench.

[–]D_K_Schrute 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You've spelled canoe wrong

[–]The_Versatile_Virus -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If she failed, would she have knoped the fuck out of there?

[–]Anon9742 103 points104 points  (8 children)

We have a survivor tree at the OKC bombing memorial as well. People like the symbolism.

[–]NerdyKirdahy 5 points6 points  (3 children)

When I traveled cross country back in 2006, I stopped in OKC since it was on my way, and went to the memorial. I did not expect to be as moved as I was—when the bombing occurred, I was just a kid, but I remembered seeing and hearing news about it.

I lived in NY around 9/11, and visiting the OKC memorial before the WTC memorial was created really gave me a chance to process my grief. I was surprised by the message of hope the memorial had, and that it didn’t focus on the bomber at all. I don’t even know if it mentioned his name.

I’ve still not been to the WTC memorial. I’m a little reluctant, worried it would feel like a tourist destination. The solemnity of my experience at the OKC memorial allowed me to feel the consequences of such violence without being self conscious. I don’t know how I would handle myself among a crowd at the WTC memorial...

[–]sagnessagiel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Although it is a place of pilgrimage in a big living city, the 9/11 memorial has the right tone. It's a big scar with the material appropriate to gravestones, where you look down into the void of what was lost. There's also an interactive display that brings you the lives of the individuals behind the names, ordinary Americans that once lived and worked for their loved ones. Then you look up at the reconstruction, progress, and life around you, and move forward.

[–]bitchy_mama 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You might want to visit St. Paul’s chapel just a little ways away. The churchyard was heavily damaged on 9/11 but the chapel itself was spared. Outside, there is a bell created by the same foundry that made the Liberty Bell that the city of London gave to NYC a year after the attacks. It’s rung on every anniversary. My family went to the WTC memorial and thought it was beautifully done, but that bell made me ugly cry remembering how the world grieved with us in the aftermath.

[–]infodump 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not from NY but I went to the memorial a few weeks ago when I was there. I couldn't even count how many people I saw taking big smiling selfies leaning against placards of names of the dead standing next to a hole in the ground. I couldn't even begin to understand it... keep in mind though this was like Dec 28 if I recall, so lots of extra tourists (from what everyone said)

I went there by myself and still found it oddly surreal and moving, even given all the people being idiots. I agree with you on the solemn aspect, I think it was much more intense just walking around taking it all in in silence by myself.

[–]Viperbunny 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I didn't know much about OKC until I watched a documentary recently. I was a kid when it happened and Inwanted to know more. It was hard to watch. I have lost a child (not to violence; I can't even imagine) so it was very hard to watch knowing about the daycare. So much senseless loss.

[–]PoopOnMyWaffles69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They made clones of the survivor tree so people could plant. From a small snippet from one of the survivor tree's branches, our tree has now grown into a tree that is 25-30 feet tall in my parent's yard. I wish I had a picture for you guys, but I no longer live in Oklahoma anymore.

[–]FusRoYoMama 147 points148 points  (19 children)

Serious question but how do you nurse a tree? Throw water over it?

[–]breadontrees[S] 125 points126 points  (4 children)

Get someone trained who knows how to take care of it with the perfect conditions for its type and lots of fertiliser.

[–]In_between_minds 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Also protect any damaged areas to promote healing and prevent further damage, in some cases excising dead, rotting or infected areas of the tree/plant can help or be necessary for it to continue living. I've heard in some cases you graft on (for example) a new healthy small branch that has a healthy set of leaves, perhaps more than one, and the graft starts providing for the tree while it (re) grows leaves from the original surviving limbs.

[–]Astrofishisist 93 points94 points  (1 child)

It’s a closely guarded government secret

[–]b1tchlasagna 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]BlazerWookiee 24 points25 points  (2 children)


[–]Heliolord 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well that's an image I didn't think I'd have in my head today. Now I'm wondering if this is falls under rule 34 or 35.

[–]Blarg0117 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Underrated comment is underrated

[–]OSCgal 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Make sure the soil is good for it, that it has the right kind of fertilizer. Keep it watered (but not too much), trim broken branches cleanly, treat wounds and splits so that rot doesn't set in. Stuff like that.

I'm not very good with plants, but I like reading about them for some reason.

[–]religionkills 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nope, you give it plenty of Brawndo.

[–]DeadlyNeuroTXNS 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Stabilize its conditions, monitor closely, and adjust its environemnt to one prolific of the plants origin and growth. You can patch plants wounds to help recovery, and you can read how they are responding to the nutrients based on many external characteristics(droopyness, color, leaf loss, root health, water uptake). There is an entire science behind plants and the specific nutrients and environmental conditions needed to make their biology thrive. Its kind of facinating really if you ever pick up a book on horticulture

Im currently nursing back to health a house tree my cat snapped at the trunk, and its still alive and sprouted new roots in my nutrient solution, should be ready to replant soon

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fish poop water.

[–]BoinkBoinkEtAliae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You lovingly press your bosoms upon it and gently wipe it with a damp washcloth

[–]sipswhiskey 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Feed it melted beam powder and burnt jet fuel

[–]ChillyBearGrylls 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This is how you make a new Marvel superhero

[–]sipswhiskey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Conspiracy man

[–]Tanvaal -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Drop a building on it

[–]jonnyclueless 28 points29 points  (39 children)

Someone out there must be able to spin a tree surviving into 9/11 being an inside job. Someone get in touch with Alex Jones stat.

[–]Killroyomega -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Yeah let's set up a memorial for Jakob Rubenstein as well. It can be a giant "Star of David" carved into the ground. We'll fill the gorge with the blood of infants and offer their burnt bones as sacrifice to Moloch. Maybe we can even rebuild the Great Temple of Solomon and offer worship and sacrifice to the Devil itself just like "our" ancestors once did!

We can all repeat the sins of our Fathers and become as Gods!

[–]rmachenw 30 points31 points  (10 children)

[...] and, in 2010, planted it where the towers stood.

Your wording says "where the towers stood in 2010."

[–]breadontrees[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sorry for the bad wording. In 2010 the tree was planted where the towers stood in 2001

[–]rmachenw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the reply. It is a pretty amazing story. Respect.

[–]merrysugarson 6 points7 points  (1 child)

so that must mean it was removed from where the towers stood, taken care of at another location and then planted back to where the towers stood after the place was cleaned and memorial was built.

[–]rmachenw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is the point. The towers were not standing anywhere in 2010.

[–]NeedMoneyForVagina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was planted nowhere apparently

[–]Quarg 2 points3 points  (4 children)

There is nothing wrong with the way that this is written, it can be read with the correct meaning with no problem:

... and planted it (where the towers stood) in 2010.

vs your reading:

... and planted it where (the towers stood in 2010).

[–]transmogrified 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Dangling modifier. What’s wrong about it is it’s not clear in the statement what the modifier (in 2010) is specifying.

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[–]Dial-1-For-Spanglish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Neither is correct because “where the towers stood” are now gigantic waterfall memorials.

[–]b1tchlasagna -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Do the semantics really matter?

[–]bobo_ski 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was also like almost destroyed during Hurricane Sandy!

[–]El_mojado 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The white tree of new York. Sorry gondor.

[–]Thomasina_ZEBR 7 points8 points  (2 children)

It is Groot

[–]TheDroidUrLookin4 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Came here for this

[–]Neebat3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are Groot.

[–]EbenHSHD 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Visited ground zero the day after the Vegas shooting and there were flowers in this tree as a tribute to those lost in that attack as well. Seeing all of those names and actually being in that place and knowing what happened, learning of this tree and what it means, it was all very heavy. Then I saw those flowers. Now I haven’t cried in a long time, but just the sheer weight of it all got to me and it was a real struggle to hold it together.

[–]iron40 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It’s crazy to me how insensitive the comments are in this thread. Prime example being the gay swans comment. I don’t understand how, in today’s culture of not offending anyone, people can be so truly offensive.

I remember thinking back in 2001 how “never forget“ was a silly tagline for 9/11. I knew that it would only be a short period of time before everyone forgot. Apparently my prophecy was true.

Sadly, it will not be until your generations 9/11 occurs that you will truly understand the pain and the horror. I also hope that you will remember not to forget.

[–]catwhich 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Forget? I dont think 99% of Americans even knew why they were attacked in the first place, and most still believe it was because of their so called freedom.

The Iraq war was only a couple years after, where America pretended Iraq still had chemical weapons, weapons that America had originally gave them to use on Iran. Then you had Libya a few years after that. I dont think Americans learned a single thing about blowback on September 11th, and they definitely didnt learn empathy.

[–]EbenHSHD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The gay swans comment doesn’t bother me. With stuff like this there will always be people who crack jokes and poke fun. I just don’t pay them any attention. As for generational 9/11s I’m not really sure what you mean. 9/11 and tragic events like it don’t belong to just one generation. I was too young to truly understand what was going on, sure, but that doesn’t mean I don’t truly understand it now.

[–]GaySwansMakeMeCry 4 points5 points  (0 children)

༼ ಥل͟ಥ ༽

[–]tristanjones 2 points3 points  (2 children)

My first thought was 'I wonder what the odds are that in my lifetime someone mistakenly cuts it down.' Man, am I not an optimistic person these day.

[–]breadontrees[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My first thought was someone would try and poison it. Being 8 years since planted there so it’s looking good.

[–]SmashBusters 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I want four cloaked and helmed members of the Marine Corps guarding it with pikes at all times.

[–]Nuclear_F0x 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I understand that resilience refers to those psychologically and physically affected by the attack, but what does survival and rebirth mean in the context of 9/11?

[–]sgtfuzzle17 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Survival would probably be how NYC pulled together and survived the attack (and helped people closer to ground zero survive) and rebirth would be referring to the way that there isn’t still 2+ destroyed buildings in the middle of New York.

[–]raezefie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

For some reason the above question and your answer looked like a middle school critical thinking type test question. I grade you: "5/6. Correct, but what has been 'reborn' in the place of the two towers?" In red pen.

[–]Nuclear_F0x 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was hoping for a more meaningful explanation. Something more sociopolitical or philosophical...

[–]robearIII 1 point2 points  (0 children)

guess silverstein doesnt get to cash in on the tree-insurance...

[–]thedvorakian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Until the Alabama fans find it

[–]KingGorilla 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh god it's a callery pear tree. Those trees smell like jizz when they bloom.


[–]breadontrees[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where do you think the “rebirth” bit comes from ;)

[–]django5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If only the people in the building were made out of tree.

[–]angrybob4213 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just saw this tree a few weeks ago!

[–]heybrother45 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me too except I didn’t realize it was significant

[–]BillyTalentfan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Saw it when I went on a school trip to NYC. Pretty cool to see it in person. The 9/11 memorial is amazing to see in person. Stunning.

[–]clause-the-scott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And then a South Carolina fan poisoned it.

[–]enlilsumerian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Allah is great. WTF?

[–]MakeMoves 0 points1 point  (0 children)

seems a little suspicious to me, was 9/11 a treeside job?

[–]IamGusFring_AMA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It reminds me of Tupac's "Rose that grew from concrete".

[–]fool_on_a_hill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That parks and recreation?

Steve Buscemi

[–]LadySprocket1986 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We visited the memorial and that tree in June. Saw some random woman pull a leaf off of that tree and throw it on the ground like it was nothing. My god I got so mad, would have told her off but English would have been lost on her. Had to leave it made me so mad/sad.

[–]catwhich 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dont worry, it was nothing.

[–]farnsmootys 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A Callery pear tree

whose flowers smell like 'rotting rish, chlorine, or semen'

[–]BlueNosePolarBear -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Don't let Alabama Football fans near this tree.

[–]coyo7e -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I have a spider plant in my office which came from 1 World Trade Center. Every time I see it, I cry tears of patriotism for our troops and police and emergency service members who fight to protect the flag for your freedom.

[–]Marcuscassius -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Does it symbolise mans ability to believe anything were told too?

[–]rustyshackelfordhere -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

And that brave little tree will serve as a constant reminder of the biggest domestic terror attack the world has ever seen

[–]_bieber_hole_69 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

It's nickname? The White Tree of Gondor

[–]breadontrees[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s nickname is “the survivor tree”

[–]Sympathy_for_the_FO -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

It stands a defiant middle finger to Islam.

[–]Apersonofinterest666 -5 points-4 points  (12 children)

If only they had saved the steel instead of shipping it off to China before NIST had a chance to examine it.

[–]debernardi 0 points1 point  (11 children)

I ain't never seen no jet fuel that can melt steel beams... Or make two steel structured skyscrapers collapse at free fall speeds. Study some goddamn physics you mindless sheep who beg to be lied to by our glorious leaders.

[–]thecarter517 0 points1 point  (10 children)

How about YOU study some goddamn physics. The floors started to sag because of the heat of the fire. That's what caused the collapse.

[–]debernardi 0 points1 point  (9 children)

Is that what you read in the official report? What about building 7?

[–]thecarter517 0 points1 point  (8 children)

It's what NIST concluded and it's a logical conclusion to reach from a physical and chemical standpoint. They concluded pretty much the same thing about WTC 7 in that the fires burned uncontrollably since the FDNY removed all of their personnel. The uncontrolled fires caused the steel beams and girders to lose their strength, leading to the collapse.

[–]debernardi 0 points1 point  (7 children)

False. The university of Alaska Fairbanks has conducted a study using computer models and finite element analysis suggesting that it was impossible that building 7 collapsed due to fires. If you look at their analysis, you'll notice that NIST literally ignored multiple structural components of the building in order to justify their conclusions.

[–]thecarter517 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Okay so what are the theories about what brought down WTC 7?

[–]debernardi 0 points1 point  (5 children)

The study did not come to those conclusions, but the video of it's collapse sure looks like a controlled demolition to me, and many others who are not just start raving conspiracy loons as we are so often pejoratively labeled.

[–]thecarter517 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Leaving 7 out of this as the University still has a few months to go on their study, what do you think about the NIST conclusions on the towers? They found no evidence of a controlled demolition, even through seismic data and the theory that the supporting beams were pulled inwards by the sagging floors is pretty sound.

[–]debernardi 0 points1 point  (3 children)

A "pancake collapse" doesn't have the raw energy to send plumes of pulverized concrete shooting from the towers as they collapsed. Here's one question: Why was all of the steel from the buildings immediately shipped out of the country without further analysis? And why did Brigham Young University force a professor into resigning after he claimed to have found evidence of nanothermite explosive in ash samples collected on 9/11. Perhaps the administration at BYU didn't want to chance losing federal or DOD funding. He is not the only acedemic to support such findings. Dr. Neils Harrit of the University of Copenhagen has published work citing identical findings.

[–]bensheim -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

First TIL I've ever upvoted.