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10/15/11 4:17:19AM
With their trunks all bent the northward, these trees look like something straight out of one of the more uncomfortable fairy tales.
Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees near Gryfino, north-west Poland, this grove of curved trees - dubbed the 'Crooked Forest' - is a mystery.
The curved pines, of which there are about 400, were planted around 1930.

They were allowed to grow for seven to ten years before being held down in what is thought to have been some kind of human mechanical intervention.

Speculation as to what the trees may have been intended for ranges from use in making bent-wood furniture, the ribs for boat hulls or yokes for ox-drawn plows.
However, before they could be harvested, the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted the plans of whoever was growing and tending the grove, leaving their plans a mystery.

10/15/11 11:17:58AM
that is wild. i've seen the pics before, but never realized the time frame they were grown or the possibility of human intervention...
10/15/11 11:49:51AM
I bet this was the real reason the USA got involved in WW2. It wasn't pearl harbor that pissed us off, it was the abuse of these trees. That evil Hitler picked on one too many trees and FDR had enough. We sure showed him. Now these trees can live in peace, free from concentration camps and guards holding them down. Now the only remnant of the war is the serial # tattoos that mark their trunks.

Just woke up, I'm in a goofy mood
10/15/11 1:46:35PM
I just think this is the case of a set of trees which started sprouting and the ground shifted due to earthquakes causing the angle of phototropic growth to change.
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