In May of 2016, a 24-year-old man climbed up onto the monument in an attempt to get a sweet selfie of himself and the king. It didn't go as planned. The statue toppled to the ground and smashed into the train station, which is itself considered a historical national landmark. That's right, he destroyed art with other art.
The man fled the scene, but police quickly caught him by following the trail of panic urine.
The Most Isolated Tree In The World Was Killed ... When A Drunk Driver Crashed Into It
For 300 years, the Sahara desert was home to the most isolated tree in the world. 250 miles of lifeless, inhospitable dunes stretched away from the Tree of Tenere in every direction.
A leftover from a time when the Sahara was more vibrant, the tree only survived thanks to its deep, deep roots, which reached 100 feet into the ground to tap freshwater reserves. It was such a miraculous landmark that European military maps at 1:4,000,000 scale still showed the tree, and locals had a taboo against harming it. The tree was a "living lighthouse" -- the only major landmark that a caravan crossing the desert would pass. This was pretty much the peak of celebrity status for trees, is what we're saying here.
Michel MazeauWe were still decades away from Groot.
And then, in 1973, some dipshit hit it with his truck.
There are rumors that the driver was drunk, but does that matter? This was literally the easiest object on the planet to avoid -- the only actual thing on a great plain of nothing -- and the guy still managed to kill a huge piece of natural history.
Are you wondering how a passing truck was able to take out the ancient tree so easily? Well, it was already in a weakened state. From the time someone else hit it with a truck.
The remnants of the tree were hauled off to the National Museum of Niger, and a metal sculpture honoring the tree was erected to mark the spot where it once stood. We will inform you as soon as some asshole hits that with a truck, too.
Get to making your own priceless art. Watercolors are pretty great, despite what Bob Ross might lead you to believe.
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