Poland's Mysterious 'Crooked Forest'

By Meera Dolasia on October 11, 2011

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Take a stroll inside the pine forest near Gryfino in Northwest Poland and you will feel like you were just transported to Harry Potter's 'Forbidden Forest' - thanks to the 400 eerily curved pine trees.

The odd part is that the pine trees surrounding this tiny area, dubbed 'Crooked Forest' are all straight as arrows - Just the way they are supposed to be. So how did these specimens turn out so cool-looking?

While nobody knows for sure, the theory is that the trees are shaped this way, thanks to human intervention, with the saplings allowed to grow for about ten years and then pinned down in a way that they emerge with a 90° bend, before straightening out again. Some locals believe it was the handiwork of special carpenters from the German special forces in the 1930's - for use in boat hulls and furniture. But, the trees were never harvested because of the chaos created when the World War 2 broke out in 1939.

However, the expert lumberjacks of the Gryfino forest disagree - Given that pine trees are not good for either furniture or boat hulls, they think that the trees in this area just naturally grew in this eerie manner. Whatever the real reason, we sure are glad they are here for all of us to enjoy!

Resources:Dailymail.co.uk, news.discovery.com

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  • elmtree
    elmtree4/13/2014
    that will be good for a bow
    • iceclanwolf
      iceclanwolf12/1/2013
      Wow I never knew that trees could grow that way
      • ainsley11/20/2013
        cool
        • ainsley11/20/2013
          cool
          • soccer5860
            soccer586011/7/2013
            cool
            • cavo
              cavo11/5/2013
              awesome sauce
              • lapo
                lapo10/29/2013
                that's really cool I wish I had one of those growing in my back yard
                • badgey
                  badgey4/15/2013
                  Is there a movie or anything that you can watch or something, but those tree's are amazing.I wish I could go there and build a farm and a cabin for me to live.Wish yall good luck!
                  • xgispzx
                    xgispzx4/6/2013
                    That is pretty cool!
                    • badgey
                      badgey4/15/2013
                      Yes it is.
                    • zoe12/4/2012
                      Those trees are wacko!

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