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Pointless Post of the Day: The Tree Circus

The most famous Tree Circus tree, The Basket Tree.

The most famous Tree Circus tree, "The Basket Tree".

The Tree Circus was opened in 1947 by Axel Erlandson after he visited “The Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz, California.  Erlandson decided that if the people lined up and paid to see “The Mystery Spot” he could make some cash showcasing

One of the many tree circus trees.

One of the many tree circus trees.

the odd trees he had been cultivating for several years.  He bought a patch of land in Scotts Valley, California, and began moving his most bizarre and interesting trees to that location.  The Tree Circus never produced millions for Erlandson, one of his best years he made a mere $320.  However, Erlandson’s trees were popular among the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! circuit, being featured in Ripley’s publication 12 times.

Upon Erlandson’s death, the owner of Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California, purchased the trees and had them moved to his theme park.  24 of the trees can be found there today.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Ugli Fruit

This is one ugly Ugli.

This is one ugly Ugli.

Yes, the Ugli is a real fruit.  It is not, however, pronouced like the adjective “ugly”, but rather like “ooo-glee”.  This is far more fun than just calling it an ugly, and it’s correct.  The Ugli is native to Jamaica and is a hybrid tangerine and grapefruit.

Though Ugli is not pronounced “ugly”, that is how it received it’s name.  The Ugli fruit shown above is actually a very pretty Ugli.  Most Uglis have wrinkly, saggy skin that is the color of an old orange or tangerine.  In fact, many people mistake Ugli fruits at the grocery store for old oranges that are a little too ripe.  That is not the case, however, as Ugli fruits are very juicy and relate more closely in taste to the tangerine side of it’s family tree.  Go out and buy your Ugli today!

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Nation of Manchukuo

The flag of the Nation of Manchukuo

The flag of the Nation of Manchukuo

Here’s a little history lesson for your “Pointless Post of the Day”.  Manchukuo was developed in 1932 after Japan invaded Manchuria and set up a puppet government in a portion of the nation.  Manchukuo was then administered by Imperial Japan and ruled under a Constitutional Monarchy-type government by Emporer Puyi until they faced defeat by Soviet troops in 1945.  Manchukuo was made up of many different ethnic groups, with Han Chinese being the largest.  Other groups included White Russians, Koreans, Japanese, and Mongols.  After dissolving, the land occupied by Manchukuo became a part of North Eastern China.

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