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Self-Watering Miracle Tree
image Lucille Pope's oak tree has sprung a leak. Water is pouring out of it at the rate of a tenth of a gallon every minute, and no one knows where the water is coming from.

It all started back in April when a little sap started oozing out of the tree. The sap progressed to a dark stain, that eventually turned into a steady trickle of water. Lucille Pope thinks it's some kind of miracle tree, and that the water has special healing properties. However, her son Lloyd says "I ain't with that superstitious stuff ... There's no crying Mary here." (Good for him.) However, the specialists from the local water board are baffled. It doesn't seem to be a leaking pipe since Mrs. Pope's water bill isn't going up. Hydrologist George Rice said:
"I've never seen anything like this before. If you wanted to dream something up I'd say that somehow water pressure underneath is forced through some kind of channel in the tree. But that's still very unlikely."
I can't imagine how this phenomenon could easily be faked, so I doubt it's a hoax. I'm going with the underground spring that somehow forced its way up through the tree theory.
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Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 11, 2006
Comments (34)
It was on my local news when they shut off the water th the house the tree stopped the roots had gotten into the water pipe
Posted by Megan  in  Houston texas  on  Sat Aug 19, 2006  at  10:34 PM
Just saw the news on TV... the answer was a leaking pipe... ahahahaa... it was funny to see all the hype, then online to see this old news and no one really knew what the problem was... lol
Posted by Ecko  on  Sun Oct 15, 2006  at  03:05 AM
As it turns out, documentation of trees that give healing water - goes as far back as Biblical times... The Bible says in the book of Sirach, Chapter 38, verses 4 - 5: "The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them. Didn't a tree once make bitter water fit to drink, so that it's healing properties might be known?"

So, I guess if water giving tress were documented to have healing properties back in biblical times - why wouldn't there be one now?? And maybe it doesn't matter where the water comes from (a pipe or spring), but instead, how it travels up throuh a tree, purifies it, and makes it heal people that makes it a miracle. I do believe it is a gift from God... And people should stop being so negative... we ask for miracles from God, we ask for aswers to our pains and sicknesses - and when we get miracles like this one, we rip it apart and refuse to accept it?!? People need to relax, and just have some hope, belief and faith in good things. And finally, God can use a pipe to get water through a tree if he wants to. There were no water pipes in Bible times, so God must have used a spring -- and what's the difference anyhow? it's still rare - and it's still a miracle! And for those that don't accept miracles - well, then, keep 'accepting' to be sick and miserable - just quit crying about it, and don't blame God for your misery.
Posted by Bob  in  Canada  on  Wed Oct 18, 2006  at  07:20 PM
DOLLWOOD THEAM PARK HAS A WATER TREE WITH A PLACK TELING ABOUT IT.
Posted by PAUL B  in  TN.  on  Wed Jun 13, 2012  at  09:12 AM
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