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What's more dangerous, a city or a forest? Depends on if you're a tree.

It's a fake story about a fake tree, but the problem is real.

What's more dangerous, a city or a forest? Depends on if you're a tree.
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Once upon a time, there was a lonely tree in the rainforest.

He was lonely because many of his tree friends were being cut down. Just how many?


The range is anywhere from 40 to 62 football fields of trees being leveled on Earth EVERY MINUTE.

Clear eyes full hearts ... no trees. Image (altered) of football stadium via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rainforest Foundation says, "The current rate of destruction is about 1 acre each second, which is a bit less than a U.S. football field. Expanded, that amounts to 60 acres/min., 3,600/hour, 86,400/day, 2.6 million/month, and 31.5 million acres per year."

Ouch.

So this tree decided to go to the only place he felt safe: the nearest city.

Yes, that's a tree on a bridge.

(And yes, this tree has feet. Stay with me here.)

What does it say about Earth that a tree is safer in a city than in its original home?

Well, it says that we as humans aren't paying attention.

At a time when even aliens could tell us that we're kinda going a bit heavy on the whole "chopping down the rainforest" thing, maybe this tree visitor is just what we need.

It's hard to place a number on how valuable trees really are to Earth.

I'm sharing this because when you add up what trees do for Earth's magical ecosystem, each one is worth our personal attention.

And none of them should be lonely.


So here it is, just what we humans need — a visit from a tree to remind us to pay attention — in this goofy, adorable little video below:

SOURCE: iSTOCK

Usually the greatest fear after a wild night of partying isn't what you said that you might regret, but how you'll look in your friends' tagged photos. Although you left the house looking like a 10, those awkward group selfies make you feel more like a 5, prompting you to wonder, "Why do I look different in pictures?"

It's a weird phenomenon that, thanks to selfies, is making people question their own mirrors. Are pictures the "real" you or is it your reflection? Have mirrors been lying to us this whole time??

The answer to that is a bit tricky. The good news is that there's a big chance that Quasimodo-looking creature that stares back at you in your selfies isn't an accurate depiction of the real you. But your mirror isn't completely truthful either.

Below, a scientific breakdown that might explain those embarrassing tagged photos of you:

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