Boy went to war in 1914 left his bike chained to a tree, or so it says

Boy went to war in 1914 left his bike chained to a tree, or so it says

It's on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, Washington State. It is real, not photoshopped. It is locally famous. Berkeley Breathed wove a story around this very bicycle in his delightful illustrated book "Red Ranger Came Calling". It's still a big mystery how the bike ended up there. It's been there for decades. Trees do not grow upward from the base of the trunk, they grow from the tips of the topmost branches. Trunks expand outward, not upward, so that if, for example, someone carved a name at eye level on the bark, that name would stay at eye level for the life of the tree. Someone had to have climbed up there on a ladder or something to place the bike there, decades ago, probably in the late 1940's or early 1950's (NOT 1914). I'm fairly sure it was placed there as a practical joke. I suspect a small handful of locals may know the secret--but if so, it's a carefully kept secret. There are many theories...

  1. Don Puz says:
    You hit the nail on the head Glenn, that is my bike, I am a Vietnam Vet, the bike was probably left there about 1954 it is a block from my mom's house (she is still alive and 99 years old) and still owns the house near "the bike tree", I got it as a donation after our house burned to the ground taking my dad and all our possesions with it. Don't recall the bar being removable, but it was a "baby's" bike, and at 8 years old I did not like it and probably just threw it in the bushes down where we played in the woods. It was old when I got it, when I first saw it in the tree about 15 years ago I recognized it immedialtely as the one that had been donated to us back then. That is the real story. See a longer post below by me.
    You hit the nail on the head Glenn, that is my bike, I am a Vietnam Vet, the bike was probably left there about 1954 it is a block from my mom's house (she is still alive and 99 years old) and still owns the house near "the bike tree", I got it as a donation after our house burned to the ground taking my dad and all our possesions with it. Don't recall the bar being removable, but it was a "baby's" bike, and at 8 years old I did not like it and probably just threw it in the bushes down where we played in the woods. It was old when I got it, when I first saw it in the tree about 15 years ago I recognized it immedialtely as the one that had been donated to us back then. That is the real story. See a longer post below by me.
  2. Ian Wroe says:
    Rusty Moore Thanks for taking the time out of your happy reality Rusty to reply in such a contrite and condescending manner. Someone had an unhappy childhood eh? Guess your parents didn't get around to taking you to Disneyland then? - Or a visit from Santa - Or the Easter Bunny? Shall we jump to the Godwin theory part now as I find flame wars too time consuming. Let me suggest Adolf Hitler was also just curious like yourself with his predilection for proving his way of seeing the world made for a less 'miserable' place. There ya go - you win - Have yourself a happy ever after :D
    Rusty Moore Thanks for taking the time out of your happy reality Rusty to reply in such a contrite and condescending manner. Someone had an unhappy childhood eh? Guess your parents didn't get around to taking you to Disneyland then? - Or a visit from Santa - Or the Easter Bunny? Shall we jump to the Godwin theory part now as I find flame wars too time consuming. Let me suggest Adolf Hitler was also just curious like yourself with his predilection for proving his way of seeing the world made for a less 'miserable' place. There ya go - you win - Have yourself a happy ever after :D
  3. Rusty Moore says:
    I don't find the world a "miserable place" as you do, but I will say it would be a much better place if it weren't full of credulous people with no sense of curiosity and a predilection for choosing comforting stories over reality.
    I don't find the world a "miserable place" as you do, but I will say it would be a much better place if it weren't full of credulous people with no sense of curiosity and a predilection for choosing comforting stories over reality.
  4. Ian Wroe says:
    .. and this thread is a monument to why the world is such a miserable place - ffs people - someone puts up a story abt a guy who went to war and never came back... and the whole thread is dedicated to the growing patterns of trees and whether this tale is genuine or not..... wtg people - u really don't get it do you?
    .. and this thread is a monument to why the world is such a miserable place - ffs people - someone puts up a story abt a guy who went to war and never came back... and the whole thread is dedicated to the growing patterns of trees and whether this tale is genuine or not..... wtg people - u really don't get it do you?
  5. Rhoda Perozzi says:
    Trees self-prune their lower branches to optimize photosynthesis.
    Trees self-prune their lower branches to optimize photosynthesis.
  6. Fred Lake IV says:
    Time traveled regardless of origin of design.
    Time traveled regardless of origin of design.
  7. Sarah Thompson says:
    If trees only grow from the topmost branches, then why don't the branches start a foot from the ground? when the trees were planted, they were very small and the "upmost branches" would only be about that high...so how do the branches end up 50 feet up? hmmm wierd lol.
    If trees only grow from the topmost branches, then why don't the branches start a foot from the ground? when the trees were planted, they were very small and the "upmost branches" would only be about that high...so how do the branches end up 50 feet up? hmmm wierd lol.
  8. Stacey Blitzer says:
    not the world war, but ur assuming before that war didnt exist lol
    not the world war, but ur assuming before that war didnt exist lol
  9. Randee Tereshko says:
    Stacey Blitzer hugh???
    Stacey Blitzer hugh???
  10. Stacey Blitzer says:
    Randee Tereshko the picture doesnt specify ww1 all it says was that the man went to war. Doesnt say for whom either. So ur making asumptions.
    Randee Tereshko the picture doesnt specify ww1 all it says was that the man went to war. Doesnt say for whom either. So ur making asumptions.
  11. Marie Roedell says:
    In response to your comment...I didnt remove the comment by choice. It double posted and I went to remove one and they both disappeared! LOL
    In response to your comment...I didnt remove the comment by choice. It double posted and I went to remove one and they both disappeared! LOL
  12. Randee Tereshko says:
    I am a little confused by this story, as the U.S didn't enter WW1 until 1917. in 1914 the U.S. was not involved. Even the U.S. Eagle squadron ( voulenteers) didn't exist yet.
    I am a little confused by this story, as the U.S didn't enter WW1 until 1917. in 1914 the U.S. was not involved. Even the U.S. Eagle squadron ( voulenteers) didn't exist yet.
  13. Rusty Moore says:
    The "greatest thing about history" is accepting any tale at face value and believing what you want to believe? Ummm, no.
    The "greatest thing about history" is accepting any tale at face value and believing what you want to believe? Ummm, no.
  14. Frank Arnold says:
    If you knew your history sir (Randee Tereshko) Your right we entered WW1 in 1917. BUT The United States occupation of Veracruz, which began with the Battle of Veracruz, lasted for six months and was a response to the Tampico Affair of April 9, 1914. The incident came in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution. 22 American solders died in this conflict. So it is possible the solder could of been in this conflict.
    If you knew your history sir (Randee Tereshko) Your right we entered WW1 in 1917. BUT The United States occupation of Veracruz, which began with the Battle of Veracruz, lasted for six months and was a response to the Tampico Affair of April 9, 1914. The incident came in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States, related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution. 22 American solders died in this conflict. So it is possible the solder could of been in this conflict.
  15. Deborah Frances Harcourt says:
    Jock Doubleday and Elvis lives
    Jock Doubleday and Elvis lives
  16. Jock Doubleday says:
    Marc Catuogno Marc, you're welcome to the official story. a lot of people enjoy it. people who do research, though, don't. no need to "cut into the beams" to place explosives. also, the nanothermite was put into the paint that (probably naive) workers were rolling onto walls during the two weeks before 9/11 - that's also the two weeks that employees of businesses in the twin towers report, in video testimonials, that there was white dust gathering on surfaces in their offices and they couldn't figure out why. Marvin Bush, by the way - George's cousin - was in charge of security for the towers and allowed the "workers" to place the nanothermite. interestingly, the day after 9/11, Marvin's contract expired, so from that day forward he was no longer involved in security. great job on security, Marvin!
    Marc Catuogno Marc, you're welcome to the official story. a lot of people enjoy it. people who do research, though, don't. no need to "cut into the beams" to place explosives. also, the nanothermite was put into the paint that (probably naive) workers were rolling onto walls during the two weeks before 9/11 - that's also the two weeks that employees of businesses in the twin towers report, in video testimonials, that there was white dust gathering on surfaces in their offices and they couldn't figure out why. Marvin Bush, by the way - George's cousin - was in charge of security for the towers and allowed the "workers" to place the nanothermite. interestingly, the day after 9/11, Marvin's contract expired, so from that day forward he was no longer involved in security. great job on security, Marvin!
  17. Marc Catuogno says:
    Jock Doubleday - you are an idiot. I usually don't resort to name calling, but to take a fictional story of bike that is a fable and to compare it to 9/11 is just plain stupid. They weren't planes, they were rockets, right? Despite all the live coverage and pictures/video of the planes. Or somehow the buildings were demolished with explosives? You know cause a crew could cut into the beams and place explosives unnoticed over the course of many months and use some military grade thermite (that no one has ever seen or produced) to destroy the towers. Please stop using the picture of Spock until you develop some semblance of logic.
    Jock Doubleday - you are an idiot. I usually don't resort to name calling, but to take a fictional story of bike that is a fable and to compare it to 9/11 is just plain stupid. They weren't planes, they were rockets, right? Despite all the live coverage and pictures/video of the planes. Or somehow the buildings were demolished with explosives? You know cause a crew could cut into the beams and place explosives unnoticed over the course of many months and use some military grade thermite (that no one has ever seen or produced) to destroy the towers. Please stop using the picture of Spock until you develop some semblance of logic.
  18. Ashley Nicole Troutman says:
    I'm confused if tree grew outward they wouldn't be tall.
    I'm confused if tree grew outward they wouldn't be tall.
  19. Robert Douglas Fruitt says:
    nope they would be short and fat like pat
    nope they would be short and fat like pat
  20. Marie Roedell says:
    Darin Hussey HOWEVER...your case is correct in another species of tree (dont know what it was exactly) Up at my families cabin in West WA my boyfriend and I carved our initials in a tree near the cabin in 1989. I was there about two yrs ago (again with our daughter) to show it to her and it was actually still eye level. Our Fir tree at home shows the "scar" only maybe 6 feet above my head. So its not a drastic growth of height in 34 yrs! But enough to say...YES they do grow a little in height. :) I beleive we are BOTH correct here Darin :P
    Darin Hussey HOWEVER...your case is correct in another species of tree (dont know what it was exactly) Up at my families cabin in West WA my boyfriend and I carved our initials in a tree near the cabin in 1989. I was there about two yrs ago (again with our daughter) to show it to her and it was actually still eye level. Our Fir tree at home shows the "scar" only maybe 6 feet above my head. So its not a drastic growth of height in 34 yrs! But enough to say...YES they do grow a little in height. :) I beleive we are BOTH correct here Darin :P
  21. Rhonda Pancoast says:
    they get taller from the new growth/ buds on the top called apical meristems. you can see these on pine trees in the spring. soft new growth on the ends of branches. its pretty cool
    they get taller from the new growth/ buds on the top called apical meristems. you can see these on pine trees in the spring. soft new growth on the ends of branches. its pretty cool
  22. Jan D Davis says:
    Being lucky enough to live in the country as I do.. you can see where a fence was put up years and years ago... partly using fence posts and partly using trees. Years later, when the fence is no longer being used, you can see where the trees have grown and the bottom of the fence is many inches and even feet off of the ground in places. Trees do most assuredly grow from the bottom as well as the top!!
    Being lucky enough to live in the country as I do.. you can see where a fence was put up years and years ago... partly using fence posts and partly using trees. Years later, when the fence is no longer being used, you can see where the trees have grown and the bottom of the fence is many inches and even feet off of the ground in places. Trees do most assuredly grow from the bottom as well as the top!!
  23. Curtis Horton says:
    Looks like a girls bike.
    Looks like a girls bike.
  24. Anita LaTorella Marynowski says:
    a boy probably put the girls bike up there to tease her! LOL... good observation!
    a boy probably put the girls bike up there to tease her! LOL... good observation!
  25. Jacquelyn Waters says:
    Dudelol: you're an idiot simply for discounting the story of the young man who gave his life so that you have the freedom to express your opinion on how trees grow, which is wrong.
    Dudelol: you're an idiot simply for discounting the story of the young man who gave his life so that you have the freedom to express your opinion on how trees grow, which is wrong.
  26. Marie Roedell says:
    I never said it grew in height from GROUND level!!! Obviously it branches out and gains most of its height that way. It also moves upward a little as it "branches out". BTW, all tree's grow differently. Take example a Fir Tree...as I mentioned in my post...it grows in hight as well as grows out and branches out. (I would obviously know as I watched the damn thing grow for 39 yrs!) The proof is in the branch I spoke of. A tree wont grow in hight DRASTICALLY but enough to take a bike from the 50's and prop it up a few feet in 60 yrs!
    I never said it grew in height from GROUND level!!! Obviously it branches out and gains most of its height that way. It also moves upward a little as it "branches out". BTW, all tree's grow differently. Take example a Fir Tree...as I mentioned in my post...it grows in hight as well as grows out and branches out. (I would obviously know as I watched the damn thing grow for 39 yrs!) The proof is in the branch I spoke of. A tree wont grow in hight DRASTICALLY but enough to take a bike from the 50's and prop it up a few feet in 60 yrs!
  27. Randee Tereshko says:
    Stacey Blitzer title read --> Boy went to war in 1914 its not the pic its the title!
    Stacey Blitzer title read --> Boy went to war in 1914 its not the pic its the title!
  28. Randee Tereshko says:
    Frank Arnold agree and dissagree on the fact that this "boy" might have faught in the Tampico affair....? As for your comment of laying down life for freedom...um..dude I spent 10 years in the army ( Delta), serving in Kosovo, Iraq, and "the Stan". So as for hell,.. Well I have already spent a few tours there! ;)
    Frank Arnold agree and dissagree on the fact that this "boy" might have faught in the Tampico affair....? As for your comment of laying down life for freedom...um..dude I spent 10 years in the army ( Delta), serving in Kosovo, Iraq, and "the Stan". So as for hell,.. Well I have already spent a few tours there! ;)
  29. Rusty Moore says:
    Ian, no anger here. Just commenting on the anger of others. You're the one who said the world is a miserable place, remember? Thanks for the good wishes though. Ta ta.
    Ian, no anger here. Just commenting on the anger of others. You're the one who said the world is a miserable place, remember? Thanks for the good wishes though. Ta ta.
  30. Eric Putnam says:
    You are correct sort of... they do not grow up... they grow out by adding cells on top of each other and sometimes that stacking can expand the trunk upward... but only a fraction of what the tree actually grows in height.
    You are correct sort of... they do not grow up... they grow out by adding cells on top of each other and sometimes that stacking can expand the trunk upward... but only a fraction of what the tree actually grows in height.
  31. Jennifer Rosa says:
    I'm sorry but whoever wrote this artical is an idiot! there was a dog run laying on the ground that a tree grew up and around and the cable ran straight through the middle of trunk 40 years later!
    I'm sorry but whoever wrote this artical is an idiot! there was a dog run laying on the ground that a tree grew up and around and the cable ran straight through the middle of trunk 40 years later!
  32. Robert Douglas Fruitt says:
    lol if trees don't grow upward than how do trees get taller? just saying
    lol if trees don't grow upward than how do trees get taller? just saying
  33. Eric Putnam says:
    Okay Colin I will concede to your point... however just know that once the meristemic cells firm up and the lignin hardens there is no other point that new cells can generate from... within 5 -10 these cells are dead and fixed. It is nothing but solid wood fixed wood. But there is a phenome that has the newer wood cells in the cambium level growing longer than previous cells... this will cause the tree to twist and grow only on the outside of the tree. So as you can imagine this limits the hieght the tree can obtain this way. Some things that cause cell elongation could be herbicides non composted mulches, fungi, bacteria, and mechanical damages like weedeaters.
    Okay Colin I will concede to your point... however just know that once the meristemic cells firm up and the lignin hardens there is no other point that new cells can generate from... within 5 -10 these cells are dead and fixed. It is nothing but solid wood fixed wood. But there is a phenome that has the newer wood cells in the cambium level growing longer than previous cells... this will cause the tree to twist and grow only on the outside of the tree. So as you can imagine this limits the hieght the tree can obtain this way. Some things that cause cell elongation could be herbicides non composted mulches, fungi, bacteria, and mechanical damages like weedeaters.
  34. Kathy McCormick says:
    Trunk must have been a branch at one time,or else it would be 3 inches high and 14 feet around.
    Trunk must have been a branch at one time,or else it would be 3 inches high and 14 feet around.
  35. Darin Hussey says:
    Marie Roedell Not according to my College Botany text book. Maybe you should lookup how trees grow to become informed. Just to help here is a link to get you started. http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/forsite/howdoes.htm
    Marie Roedell Not according to my College Botany text book. Maybe you should lookup how trees grow to become informed. Just to help here is a link to get you started. http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/forsite/howdoes.htm
  36. Darin Hussey says:
    Kathy McCormick Here is a link with pictures if that helps. http://na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/treeguidehtm/chapter4.htm Apparently Marie Roedell decided to remove a comment, ummmm?
    Kathy McCormick Here is a link with pictures if that helps. http://na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/treeguidehtm/chapter4.htm Apparently Marie Roedell decided to remove a comment, ummmm?
  37. Eric Putnam says:
    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I am a top recommened arborist, as with all biology some things will make you go hmmm! But as a rule trees add cells outward there is no other way 1. Meristemic growth is up and out once the stem has formed there is no more growth in length at that point. 2. From that point on it only adds to width because the meristem is long gone!
    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I am a top recommened arborist, as with all biology some things will make you go hmmm! But as a rule trees add cells outward there is no other way 1. Meristemic growth is up and out once the stem has formed there is no more growth in length at that point. 2. From that point on it only adds to width because the meristem is long gone!
  38. Eric Putnam says:
    The reaction cells in the cambium is the only way a tree can grow, and that is outward 1. Meristem 2. Cambium are the only two points of growth in a tree! Period.
    The reaction cells in the cambium is the only way a tree can grow, and that is outward 1. Meristem 2. Cambium are the only two points of growth in a tree! Period.
  39. Colin Palfrey says:
    Eric Putnam They grow mostly from the top, but they do grow up. It's a clearly observable fact. There are many examples of names carved in trees that are now 10 foot up the tree, I HAVE a tree that has grown from the bottom as well as the top. The picture above is not a new phenomenon. It may not be the standard way they grow, but certainly many trees do grow upwards as well as from the top.
    Eric Putnam They grow mostly from the top, but they do grow up. It's a clearly observable fact. There are many examples of names carved in trees that are now 10 foot up the tree, I HAVE a tree that has grown from the bottom as well as the top. The picture above is not a new phenomenon. It may not be the standard way they grow, but certainly many trees do grow upwards as well as from the top.
  40. Eric Putnam says:
    Ronda. A master gardner is not an arborist by any means... not all arborists know tree physiology... I have cut 1000's of trees with fences and everything in them. Trees do not grow upward. Please reference dr. Alex Shigo the einstien on trees
    Ronda. A master gardner is not an arborist by any means... not all arborists know tree physiology... I have cut 1000's of trees with fences and everything in them. Trees do not grow upward. Please reference dr. Alex Shigo the einstien on trees
  41. Rhonda Pancoast says:
    Eric Putnam yea i know that. that is what i have been saying in my posts too... most of the growth comes from the new buds on the top. (Trees grow in height as a result of meristems that are located at their branch tips.)
    Eric Putnam yea i know that. that is what i have been saying in my posts too... most of the growth comes from the new buds on the top. (Trees grow in height as a result of meristems that are located at their branch tips.)
  42. Colin Palfrey says:
    Eric Putnam You can reference who you like, I have a tree in the garden that has a branch I could just reach when I was 6. I used to pull myself up into the branches from it. It's now out of reach.
    Eric Putnam You can reference who you like, I have a tree in the garden that has a branch I could just reach when I was 6. I used to pull myself up into the branches from it. It's now out of reach.
  43. Mike Phillips says:
    Only thing that is suspect to this story is in 1914 theft was not really an issue, Ie doors never locked, looks to be out in the cut so I don't see why the need to have it chained to the tree... and it's on an island back then I am sure everyone knew everyone on the island...
    Only thing that is suspect to this story is in 1914 theft was not really an issue, Ie doors never locked, looks to be out in the cut so I don't see why the need to have it chained to the tree... and it's on an island back then I am sure everyone knew everyone on the island...
  44. Ashley Nicole Troutman says:
    @[1836360725:2048:Robert Douglas Fruitt] lol this is true
    @[1836360725:2048:Robert Douglas Fruitt] lol this is true
  45. Gavin Fielke says:
    They grow at the tips a little each year then the tips grow thicker then more grows on the end. The twigs that get light grow thicker and turn into branches which throw off more twigs that... well you should get the point. Grow a plant from seed and watch it carefully after the first year or two, or better yet photograph it. I have grown enough cannabis to know how it works even though they are bushes.
    They grow at the tips a little each year then the tips grow thicker then more grows on the end. The twigs that get light grow thicker and turn into branches which throw off more twigs that... well you should get the point. Grow a plant from seed and watch it carefully after the first year or two, or better yet photograph it. I have grown enough cannabis to know how it works even though they are bushes.
  46. Robert Douglas Fruitt says:
    Gavin Fielke they grow at the tips?kind the same thing as growing up isnt it.im impressed with your ability to grow drugs by the way lol.im proud of you as i can see your proud of yourself.i loges timber for 5 years.if trees didnt grow up i would have been out of work.
    Gavin Fielke they grow at the tips?kind the same thing as growing up isnt it.im impressed with your ability to grow drugs by the way lol.im proud of you as i can see your proud of yourself.i loges timber for 5 years.if trees didnt grow up i would have been out of work.
  47. Gavin Fielke says:
    Robert Douglas Fruitt I love stupid people with stupider internets agues. LOLsies.
    Robert Douglas Fruitt I love stupid people with stupider internets agues. LOLsies.
  48. Darin Hussey says:
    Marie Roedell sorry darlin trees do not grow "up" at groung level. A simple google search could have prevented a case of foot in mouth. Trees grow in height as a result of meristems that are located at their branch tips. These meristems are called apical meristems. Roots also expand through the soil by growing at their tips as a result of apical meristems. All buds that you see on a tree contain apical meristems. Trunk diameter growth occurs as a result of another meristem already mentioned called the vascular cambium. The vascular cambium produces new xylem and phloem each year and as a result the trunk, branches and roots continue to increase in diameter. Have you ever seen a fence wire or board grown into a tree? That is the result of the vascular cambium. The fence wire or board doesn't rise into the air because. height growth doesn't occur out of the ground, it only occurs from the branch tips.
    Marie Roedell sorry darlin trees do not grow "up" at groung level. A simple google search could have prevented a case of foot in mouth. Trees grow in height as a result of meristems that are located at their branch tips. These meristems are called apical meristems. Roots also expand through the soil by growing at their tips as a result of apical meristems. All buds that you see on a tree contain apical meristems. Trunk diameter growth occurs as a result of another meristem already mentioned called the vascular cambium. The vascular cambium produces new xylem and phloem each year and as a result the trunk, branches and roots continue to increase in diameter. Have you ever seen a fence wire or board grown into a tree? That is the result of the vascular cambium. The fence wire or board doesn't rise into the air because. height growth doesn't occur out of the ground, it only occurs from the branch tips.
  49. Rhonda Pancoast says:
    not all recieved their info from wikipedia, at least i didnt. i have a friend who is a master gardener, as well as my own observation over the years. the ground does slowly lift as you mentioned. most of the growth, however, comes from the new buds on the top as well as exsisting limbs
    not all recieved their info from wikipedia, at least i didnt. i have a friend who is a master gardener, as well as my own observation over the years. the ground does slowly lift as you mentioned. most of the growth, however, comes from the new buds on the top as well as exsisting limbs
  50. Tatjanna Miller says:
    Rhonda Pancoast But when decades have passed, looking at the style of bike here it actually looks closer to the 30' or 40's (but it could be older) the bike may only be 7 feet from the ground MAX, that's going by the base of the tree next to it and the angle of the camera, however I don't know if the person taking the picture is short or not. Anyway, even at a 2 inches a year, if we go by said date of 1914 the tree could have easily lifted the bike 16 feet, more realistically the tree would probably only have a minute amount of trunk growth so lets say 0.5 inches a year for 98 years, thats still 4.1 feet. So while over a regular lifetime a trees growth from the trunk is barely noticeable when almost a century has past, this is possible.
    Rhonda Pancoast But when decades have passed, looking at the style of bike here it actually looks closer to the 30' or 40's (but it could be older) the bike may only be 7 feet from the ground MAX, that's going by the base of the tree next to it and the angle of the camera, however I don't know if the person taking the picture is short or not. Anyway, even at a 2 inches a year, if we go by said date of 1914 the tree could have easily lifted the bike 16 feet, more realistically the tree would probably only have a minute amount of trunk growth so lets say 0.5 inches a year for 98 years, thats still 4.1 feet. So while over a regular lifetime a trees growth from the trunk is barely noticeable when almost a century has past, this is possible.
  51. James Kirk Wilkinson says:
    Stacey Blitzer for the story sake, it could've been a boy from an emigrant family who went to fight for his parents' country, but I think they just picked too early a date when writing the story.
    Stacey Blitzer for the story sake, it could've been a boy from an emigrant family who went to fight for his parents' country, but I think they just picked too early a date when writing the story.
  52. Dustin Trent says:
    Looks like Marie Roedell and Colin Palfrey have the insert the foot in mouth disease.. Funny how people try to sound soooooo smart.. but the author of this story is correct!
    Looks like Marie Roedell and Colin Palfrey have the insert the foot in mouth disease.. Funny how people try to sound soooooo smart.. but the author of this story is correct!
  53. Wendy Scott says:
    It's on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Wa.
    It's on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Wa.
  54. Kelly Tupi Fitzgerald says:
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  55. Marie Roedell says:
    I can say one thing FOR A FACT...trees DO grow upward and if you carved a name at eye level it will NOT be at eye level several years later! Here is how I know. As a small child I decided to climb our young fir tree and broke off a branch. Fearing my Dad would be upset I ran inside and grabbed some tape and taped the branch back on thinking it would go unnoticed! A year later I noticed the tree had healed itself. Now in my late 30's I was telling my 13 yr old daughter that story and went to show her the branch...which has visible "scar" but NOW several feet up the tree!
    I can say one thing FOR A FACT...trees DO grow upward and if you carved a name at eye level it will NOT be at eye level several years later! Here is how I know. As a small child I decided to climb our young fir tree and broke off a branch. Fearing my Dad would be upset I ran inside and grabbed some tape and taped the branch back on thinking it would go unnoticed! A year later I noticed the tree had healed itself. Now in my late 30's I was telling my 13 yr old daughter that story and went to show her the branch...which has visible "scar" but NOW several feet up the tree!
  56. Frank Arnold says:
    Man just except the fact Someone laid their life on the line for your freedom. 2000 years ago someone laid their life on a tree, unlike this bike they are not there any more. But He (Jesus) loves you so much He died for your sin, as your sin, and in place of your sin. And you can believe it and accept His gift, and live forever. Or reject it and go to hell, hell is real by the way. If you reject Jesus you will find that out.
    Man just except the fact Someone laid their life on the line for your freedom. 2000 years ago someone laid their life on a tree, unlike this bike they are not there any more. But He (Jesus) loves you so much He died for your sin, as your sin, and in place of your sin. And you can believe it and accept His gift, and live forever. Or reject it and go to hell, hell is real by the way. If you reject Jesus you will find that out.
  57. Wendy Scott says:
    It's on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Wa.
    It's on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Wa.
  58. Michael J Rutherford says:
    San Juana Guillermo using pictures to create an image to persuade the heart & mind to think one way.. Jennifer may have a point. However a weak one as to many people make up their decision to purchase, invest, and vote based on a view. I suggest to research and determine the truth --- as Thoreau said it best: "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices."
    San Juana Guillermo using pictures to create an image to persuade the heart & mind to think one way.. Jennifer may have a point. However a weak one as to many people make up their decision to purchase, invest, and vote based on a view. I suggest to research and determine the truth --- as Thoreau said it best: "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices."
  59. Glenn Bennett says:
    Don Puz As is often the case, the truth is even better than fiction. Thank you for responding!
    Don Puz As is often the case, the truth is even better than fiction. Thank you for responding!
  60. Marie Roedell says:
    Darin Hussey Agreed! :)
    Darin Hussey Agreed! :)
  61. Mad Leon says:
    Trees don't grow upward from the ground level, they grow upward from the tips of branches as one poster mentioned..from apical meristems at terminal buds. They do grow in girth from the cambial layer which makes it possible for them to grow around fencing and other items tightly affixed, but the items should remain at ground level. Why not try chaining a tire swing to a branch, come back when you are old and gray to see if it is in the top of the tree? Nope, won't be.
    Trees don't grow upward from the ground level, they grow upward from the tips of branches as one poster mentioned..from apical meristems at terminal buds. They do grow in girth from the cambial layer which makes it possible for them to grow around fencing and other items tightly affixed, but the items should remain at ground level. Why not try chaining a tire swing to a branch, come back when you are old and gray to see if it is in the top of the tree? Nope, won't be.
  62. Jock Doubleday says:
    i hear what you're saying, Heather, and i did enjoy the story when i first heard it yesterday. but now, after finding out that the bike came into production over three decades after WWI started, i am glad i know the truth. . . . the thing about fiction is, it's good to know when it's fiction. take 9/11 for example. a lot of people are still "enjoying" the official fable about Muslim terrorists. meanwhile, the House of Rothschild is taking down the entire biosphere. i pray to all the gods (fictional or otherwise) there be that people wake up soon to the truth.
    i hear what you're saying, Heather, and i did enjoy the story when i first heard it yesterday. but now, after finding out that the bike came into production over three decades after WWI started, i am glad i know the truth. . . . the thing about fiction is, it's good to know when it's fiction. take 9/11 for example. a lot of people are still "enjoying" the official fable about Muslim terrorists. meanwhile, the House of Rothschild is taking down the entire biosphere. i pray to all the gods (fictional or otherwise) there be that people wake up soon to the truth.
  63. Heather Cooley Hicks says:
    Wow! All that time you guys spent analyzing this could have been spent enjoying it.
    Wow! All that time you guys spent analyzing this could have been spent enjoying it.
  64. Jamie Card says:
    Don Puz you should be getting some of the small fortune thats been made off the actually book that was written about this bike.
    Don Puz you should be getting some of the small fortune thats been made off the actually book that was written about this bike.
  65. Michael J Rutherford says:
    Don Puz I enjoyed your post and would love to learn more you commented that you have a longer post ---> I am unable to find it. Can you assist me? Thank you in advance. Cheers!
    Don Puz I enjoyed your post and would love to learn more you commented that you have a longer post ---> I am unable to find it. Can you assist me? Thank you in advance. Cheers!
  66. Faith Garrish says:
    Are you kidding me? They aren't disrespecting the troops by wanting to investigate what REALLY happened. There are plenty of OTHER beautiful stories about REAL troops. Don't act so upset and accuse anyone of being lame just because they wanted to know whether or not the story was true. There is nothing- absolutely NOTHING- wrong with the TRUTH.
    Are you kidding me? They aren't disrespecting the troops by wanting to investigate what REALLY happened. There are plenty of OTHER beautiful stories about REAL troops. Don't act so upset and accuse anyone of being lame just because they wanted to know whether or not the story was true. There is nothing- absolutely NOTHING- wrong with the TRUTH.
  67. Rhoda Perozzi says:
    Trees self-prune their lower branches to optimize photosynthesis.
    Trees self-prune their lower branches to optimize photosynthesis.
  68. Tarra Tester says:
    Wow most of you are ignorant its suposed to be a touching story with an awsome pic and all you guys can do is argue weather what year the bike is and if trees grow up. Get over it and just leave it as a beautiful war story for our troops who make it possible for you lame asses to sit at home and make dumb posts about a picture :|
    Wow most of you are ignorant its suposed to be a touching story with an awsome pic and all you guys can do is argue weather what year the bike is and if trees grow up. Get over it and just leave it as a beautiful war story for our troops who make it possible for you lame asses to sit at home and make dumb posts about a picture :|
  69. David Speight says:
    This photo is all over the internet. Best research I could find (in a small amount of time) seems to suggest the bike is from around 1954, was left in a fork in the tree and the tree grew around it. There are other pictures of it from 2006 without the front handlebars or tires, and photos after 2007 show them; so someone may have fixed up the bike sometime after 2006.
    This photo is all over the internet. Best research I could find (in a small amount of time) seems to suggest the bike is from around 1954, was left in a fork in the tree and the tree grew around it. There are other pictures of it from 2006 without the front handlebars or tires, and photos after 2007 show them; so someone may have fixed up the bike sometime after 2006.
  70. Bobby Ota says:
    Must be a quiet or good neighborhood. Where I live, the wheels, handlebars, everything would have been stripped in 50 seconds, forget about 50 years!
    Must be a quiet or good neighborhood. Where I live, the wheels, handlebars, everything would have been stripped in 50 seconds, forget about 50 years!
  71. Tarra Tester says:
    Wow most of you are ignorant its suposed to be a touching story with an awsome pic and all you guys can do is argue weather what year the bike is and if trees grow up. Get over it and just leave it as a beautiful war story for our troops who make it possible for you lame asses to sit at home and make dumb posts about a picture :|
    Wow most of you are ignorant its suposed to be a touching story with an awsome pic and all you guys can do is argue weather what year the bike is and if trees grow up. Get over it and just leave it as a beautiful war story for our troops who make it possible for you lame asses to sit at home and make dumb posts about a picture :|
  72. San Juana Guillermo says:
    Thank u Don. All the rest of u who brought politics and rudeness into this picture, get a life. I agree with Jennifer. Argue ur points whare it really matters and makes a difference.
    Thank u Don. All the rest of u who brought politics and rudeness into this picture, get a life. I agree with Jennifer. Argue ur points whare it really matters and makes a difference.
  73. Rusty Moore says:
    Bullshit is bullshit, regardless of how good it might make a person feel or how well it furthers a cause.
    Bullshit is bullshit, regardless of how good it might make a person feel or how well it furthers a cause.
  74. Sheri Nevill-Carbin says:
    There has to be at least some growth at the bottom or else some trees would grow straight up 10 feet or more before sprouting branches. I've seen "baby" trees and they have branches an inch or two off the ground. The grown tree wouldn't have any space beneath it if it didn't grow at the bottom, too.
    There has to be at least some growth at the bottom or else some trees would grow straight up 10 feet or more before sprouting branches. I've seen "baby" trees and they have branches an inch or two off the ground. The grown tree wouldn't have any space beneath it if it didn't grow at the bottom, too.
  75. Gavin Fielke says:
    The bottom branches wither as a result of lacking light as the higher foilage smothers them and they drop off then the new growth around the girth covers the natural withering of the fine lower branches.
    The bottom branches wither as a result of lacking light as the higher foilage smothers them and they drop off then the new growth around the girth covers the natural withering of the fine lower branches.
  76. Andrew Brunelle says:
    The bike looks like a 1940's model in 1914 bikes had one large and one small wheel the kid that disappeared could have been lost in time leaving a bike from the future as a clue to his fate!
    The bike looks like a 1940's model in 1914 bikes had one large and one small wheel the kid that disappeared could have been lost in time leaving a bike from the future as a clue to his fate!
  77. Gavin Fielke says:
    Would have been one hell of a young trouper too by the size of it.
    Would have been one hell of a young trouper too by the size of it.
  78. Mike Stephanie says:
    Okay, really, why do you guys not think this is possible? Everyone is worried about the growth of the tree. Is it not possible that the tree was barely out of the ground in 1914 and the top of the tree just grew and grew? Yes it is possible... I doubt it was placed as a practical joke but then because people couldn't afford to leave bikes hanging around. It is possible for this to have been left since 1914. Stop analyzing everything and let people think what they want? That's the greatest thing about history!
    Okay, really, why do you guys not think this is possible? Everyone is worried about the growth of the tree. Is it not possible that the tree was barely out of the ground in 1914 and the top of the tree just grew and grew? Yes it is possible... I doubt it was placed as a practical joke but then because people couldn't afford to leave bikes hanging around. It is possible for this to have been left since 1914. Stop analyzing everything and let people think what they want? That's the greatest thing about history!
  79. Darin Hussey says:
    Marie Roedell LOL NP I was just saying that technically trees only grow up or out from their tips, trunk growth is horizontal visualized as girth or increased diameter. There maybe a few species that are different, but they are exceptions to the rule botany, plant biology and dendrology state simply trees do not grow up in the trunk region.
    Marie Roedell LOL NP I was just saying that technically trees only grow up or out from their tips, trunk growth is horizontal visualized as girth or increased diameter. There maybe a few species that are different, but they are exceptions to the rule botany, plant biology and dendrology state simply trees do not grow up in the trunk region.
  80. Marie Roedell says:
    Darin Hussey Agreed! :)
    Darin Hussey Agreed! :)
  81. Mad Leon says:
    Trees don't grow upward from the ground level, they grow upward from the tips of branches as one poster mentioned..from apical meristems at terminal buds. They do grow in girth from the cambial layer which makes it possible for them to grow around fencing and other items tightly affixed, but the items should remain at ground level. Why not try chaining a tire swing to a branch, come back when you are old and gray to see if it is in the top of the tree? Nope, won't be.
    Trees don't grow upward from the ground level, they grow upward from the tips of branches as one poster mentioned..from apical meristems at terminal buds. They do grow in girth from the cambial layer which makes it possible for them to grow around fencing and other items tightly affixed, but the items should remain at ground level. Why not try chaining a tire swing to a branch, come back when you are old and gray to see if it is in the top of the tree? Nope, won't be.
  82. Gavin Fielke says:
    Rusty Moore I get the feeling that Ian might be a religious type so facts and reality would definately not be something he worries about too much.
    Rusty Moore I get the feeling that Ian might be a religious type so facts and reality would definately not be something he worries about too much.
  83. Curt Wagner says:
    It's a hoax, do a little research, ugh: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/bicycle.asp
    It's a hoax, do a little research, ugh: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/bicycle.asp
  84. Glenn Bennett says:
    That is a small child's bike. Probably a 14". That style wasn't built until about 1950. It had an adjustable (or removable) upper bar that would make it a boys or girls bike. If that frame design would be used for a heavier person the bike would fold in the middle, but it is no problem for a 40 or 50lb kid. If you look closely, it does not have a coaster brake on the rear wheel and it has solid tires. Tube type tires on bicycles were commonplace by then but solid tires still are pretty much just used for little kids toys like tricycles and small bikes. I remember riding one of those type bikes in the late 60's early 70's, but the one I had did have a brake. I know it had belonged to my older brother but not sure if it was purchased new for him or if it was a used when he got it. The handlebars and goose neck are one piece and is not 2 parts and adjustable like in an adult or older child's bike. I have seen fences that have grown deep into trees and has not risen any if much in 50 years. That bike was probably at or near that height from the start. At best that had belonged to a Vietnam era "boy" and not sure if the math would even work for that. Perhaps a Persian gulf war veteran. Anyway, that story is just folklore, but cool picture. Would love to know the real story.
    That is a small child's bike. Probably a 14". That style wasn't built until about 1950. It had an adjustable (or removable) upper bar that would make it a boys or girls bike. If that frame design would be used for a heavier person the bike would fold in the middle, but it is no problem for a 40 or 50lb kid. If you look closely, it does not have a coaster brake on the rear wheel and it has solid tires. Tube type tires on bicycles were commonplace by then but solid tires still are pretty much just used for little kids toys like tricycles and small bikes. I remember riding one of those type bikes in the late 60's early 70's, but the one I had did have a brake. I know it had belonged to my older brother but not sure if it was purchased new for him or if it was a used when he got it. The handlebars and goose neck are one piece and is not 2 parts and adjustable like in an adult or older child's bike. I have seen fences that have grown deep into trees and has not risen any if much in 50 years. That bike was probably at or near that height from the start. At best that had belonged to a Vietnam era "boy" and not sure if the math would even work for that. Perhaps a Persian gulf war veteran. Anyway, that story is just folklore, but cool picture. Would love to know the real story.
  85. Gavin Fielke says:
    Ah old timers, back in the good ole days when the grass was greener, the sun shone brighter, cold water was colder and BS was not analysed for facts.
    Ah old timers, back in the good ole days when the grass was greener, the sun shone brighter, cold water was colder and BS was not analysed for facts.
  86. Colin Palfrey says:
    This is the problem with being a wiki quoting expert, you don't know poo lol. Trees grow from both ends. Mostly from the top but also at roughly 1/8th speed from the base. Effectively the roots grow into the base of the tree lifting it over time. This is a well known fact by everyone who knows about trees and doesn't call Wikipedia the source of all knowledge. And yes, it causes things to be lifted very gradually over time. Have you never written your name in a tree, gone back as an adult and noticed it's still at eye level? You've grown upwards and so has the tree. Seriously though, you wiki crowd astound me. There must have been tears everywhere when they went on strike.
    This is the problem with being a wiki quoting expert, you don't know poo lol. Trees grow from both ends. Mostly from the top but also at roughly 1/8th speed from the base. Effectively the roots grow into the base of the tree lifting it over time. This is a well known fact by everyone who knows about trees and doesn't call Wikipedia the source of all knowledge. And yes, it causes things to be lifted very gradually over time. Have you never written your name in a tree, gone back as an adult and noticed it's still at eye level? You've grown upwards and so has the tree. Seriously though, you wiki crowd astound me. There must have been tears everywhere when they went on strike.
  87. Cleo Johnson says:
    I agree
    I agree
  88. Jack Parker says:
    Last time I saw the tree - 20 years ago - the bike was not that high off the ground.
    Last time I saw the tree - 20 years ago - the bike was not that high off the ground.
  89. Darth Gayder says:
    Some trees do grow upward. we have a tree in our yard on the farm my family has lived on for many generations. On the tree, most everyone has carved their name during childhood. The markings have risen as the years have gone by and some are so high that they are no longer visible from the ground.
    Some trees do grow upward. we have a tree in our yard on the farm my family has lived on for many generations. On the tree, most everyone has carved their name during childhood. The markings have risen as the years have gone by and some are so high that they are no longer visible from the ground.
  90. Robin Bird says:
    That's the problem with people only reading about nature from the internet or from books, they can't know the truth for themselves. I've seen Native American carvings in old trees 15 feet up. We all need to get outside more.
    That's the problem with people only reading about nature from the internet or from books, they can't know the truth for themselves. I've seen Native American carvings in old trees 15 feet up. We all need to get outside more.
  91. Thomas Lee Monroe says:
    San Juana Guillermo .I hate the term "get a life"
    San Juana Guillermo .I hate the term "get a life"
  92. Rick Stricker says:
    Only a weak-minded person "enjoys" fiction that's treated as fact.
    Only a weak-minded person "enjoys" fiction that's treated as fact.
  93. Heather Cooley Hicks says:
    Rick Stricker only a closed minded person thinks that way
    Rick Stricker only a closed minded person thinks that way
  94. Rick Stricker says:
    Heather Cooley Hicks :: Back to your crib kid. When you've been around for a while you'll understand.
    Heather Cooley Hicks :: Back to your crib kid. When you've been around for a while you'll understand.
  95. Heather Cooley Hicks says:
    Rick Stricker : I can respect that. However you can not base a persons experience solely on age. At 32 I have been through more than some people twice my age.
    Rick Stricker : I can respect that. However you can not base a persons experience solely on age. At 32 I have been through more than some people twice my age.
  96. Marie Roedell says:
    THANK YOU DON for clearing this all up. I got so tired of people trying to say this was a hoax or "photo shopped" :)
    THANK YOU DON for clearing this all up. I got so tired of people trying to say this was a hoax or "photo shopped" :)
  97. Marie Roedell says:
    THANK YOU DON for clearing this all up. I got so tired of people trying to say this was a hoax or "photo shopped" :)
    THANK YOU DON for clearing this all up. I got so tired of people trying to say this was a hoax or "photo shopped" :)
  98. Don Puz says:
    It has been vandalilized since it gained fame, but it was "lost' out there for years because it was in the woods and heavy brush for years where no one went. In more recent years the woods got taller and the underbrush choked out making it easier to access, and more people moved to the Island and I guess someone decided to explore that little corner of the woods. It is near the high school, so I suspect some kids probalby snuck out there to smoke and found it. And yes, it was is a quiet neighborhood for the most part, we did not have a door lock on our house until the 60's.
    It has been vandalilized since it gained fame, but it was "lost' out there for years because it was in the woods and heavy brush for years where no one went. In more recent years the woods got taller and the underbrush choked out making it easier to access, and more people moved to the Island and I guess someone decided to explore that little corner of the woods. It is near the high school, so I suspect some kids probalby snuck out there to smoke and found it. And yes, it was is a quiet neighborhood for the most part, we did not have a door lock on our house until the 60's.
  99. Don Puz says:
    Sorry, I am still alive and the story is false.
    Sorry, I am still alive and the story is false.
  100. Don Puz says:
    Sorry, I am still alive and the story is false.
    Sorry, I am still alive and the story is false.
  101. Mike Stephanie says:
    History is the Bible as well.... May not have it all interpreted right but people believe what they want to believe.. I do not care what you two think.. :) Everyone is so determined to prove others wrong that it is stupid. And no, I will not have to google anything. There is more in my life going on than prooving you two anything. Have a nice life.
    History is the Bible as well.... May not have it all interpreted right but people believe what they want to believe.. I do not care what you two think.. :) Everyone is so determined to prove others wrong that it is stupid. And no, I will not have to google anything. There is more in my life going on than prooving you two anything. Have a nice life.
  102. Warren Hancock says:
    The story isn't true If you read the posts you will find the one from Don Puz who owned the bike and threw it away in the 50s.
    The story isn't true If you read the posts you will find the one from Don Puz who owned the bike and threw it away in the 50s.
  103. Warren Hancock says:
    Read the post from the bikes owner Don Puz. It was left there in the 50's so the war story is nice but untrue.
    Read the post from the bikes owner Don Puz. It was left there in the 50's so the war story is nice but untrue.
  104. Warren Hancock says:
    Read the post from the real owner of the bike. It was around 1954 it was left there. Read the owners post Don Puz. You can google hime and there are several sites that corroborate his story.
    Read the post from the real owner of the bike. It was around 1954 it was left there. Read the owners post Don Puz. You can google hime and there are several sites that corroborate his story.
  105. Warren Hancock says:
    Mike Stephanie It's not what I think at all. It's reading the posts from the owner. Then googling it and reading from other sites. Reading from cycle engineers who say that style of bike wasn't produced until the 40's. But the most compulsive story was from the owner of the bike as to how it got there.
    Mike Stephanie It's not what I think at all. It's reading the posts from the owner. Then googling it and reading from other sites. Reading from cycle engineers who say that style of bike wasn't produced until the 40's. But the most compulsive story was from the owner of the bike as to how it got there.
  106. Gavin Fielke says:
    The story is a lie so it is not touching and is instead a sad way to make money off of a book.
    The story is a lie so it is not touching and is instead a sad way to make money off of a book.
  107. Annietjie Peper says:
    Beautiful story, Marie. Love it.
    Beautiful story, Marie. Love it.
  108. Travis Sowards says:
    Marie...ur wrong and dumb. two strikes, so i would not open ur mouth and make it 3 if i were u.
    Marie...ur wrong and dumb. two strikes, so i would not open ur mouth and make it 3 if i were u.
  109. Mandy Patin says:
    dislike - don't be a jerk.
    dislike - don't be a jerk.
  110. Travis Sowards says:
    Awwww...hurt my feelings. :( Stop being so thin skinned. If ur gona talk about something you have zero knowlegde on and post it online, then you have to be ready to take the comments that follow.
    Awwww...hurt my feelings. :( Stop being so thin skinned. If ur gona talk about something you have zero knowlegde on and post it online, then you have to be ready to take the comments that follow.
  111. Melanie Janssen says:
    Can't help myself here. I just had to reply. And agree a little with Ian here. While you're all over the place wanting to prove this story is a hoax, some people, like Ian, like myself, allow themselves to be touched by the story as it is. Not all Pandora's boxes have to be opened. For instance: I know a WWII veteran who's, to this day, convinced he shot the German sniper who was hidden in a church steeple and who had just killed his friend. Since then, it was proven that there was no sniper in that steeple. It was, however, soon agreed upon that this evidence would not be published in case the veteran would come to know about it. Why ruin this man's illusion? Why break his heart? If he want to die in the knowledge he has avenged his friend, than that's what he did! Amen! Rusty, Gavin, Curt, we all know there are a lot of fake stories out there, a lot of myths yet to be unravelled. But why would you? It's an ugly world out there, and I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already. And that's exactly why, like Ian, I'd like to keep some fairytales intact. And not give a crap about how trees do or do not grow.
    Can't help myself here. I just had to reply. And agree a little with Ian here. While you're all over the place wanting to prove this story is a hoax, some people, like Ian, like myself, allow themselves to be touched by the story as it is. Not all Pandora's boxes have to be opened. For instance: I know a WWII veteran who's, to this day, convinced he shot the German sniper who was hidden in a church steeple and who had just killed his friend. Since then, it was proven that there was no sniper in that steeple. It was, however, soon agreed upon that this evidence would not be published in case the veteran would come to know about it. Why ruin this man's illusion? Why break his heart? If he want to die in the knowledge he has avenged his friend, than that's what he did! Amen! Rusty, Gavin, Curt, we all know there are a lot of fake stories out there, a lot of myths yet to be unravelled. But why would you? It's an ugly world out there, and I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already. And that's exactly why, like Ian, I'd like to keep some fairytales intact. And not give a crap about how trees do or do not grow.
  112. Melanie Janssen says:
    Can't help myself here. I just had to reply. And agree a little with Ian here. While you're all over the place wanting to prove this story is a hoax, some people, like Ian, like myself, allow themselves to be touched by the story as it is. Not all Pandora's boxes have to be opened. For instance: I know a WWII veteran who's, to this day, convinced he shot the German sniper who was hidden in a church steeple and who had just killed his friend. Since then, it was proven that there was no sniper in that steeple. It was, however, soon agreed upon that this evidence would not be published in case the veteran would come to know about it. Why ruin this man's illusion? Why break his heart? If he want to die in the knowledge he has avenged his friend, than that's what he did! Amen! Rusty, Gavin, Curt, we all know there are a lot of fake stories out there, a lot of myths yet to be unravelled. But why would you? It's an ugly world out there, and I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already. And that's exactly why, like Ian, I'd like to keep some fairytales intact. And not give a crap about how trees do or do not grow.
    Can't help myself here. I just had to reply. And agree a little with Ian here. While you're all over the place wanting to prove this story is a hoax, some people, like Ian, like myself, allow themselves to be touched by the story as it is. Not all Pandora's boxes have to be opened. For instance: I know a WWII veteran who's, to this day, convinced he shot the German sniper who was hidden in a church steeple and who had just killed his friend. Since then, it was proven that there was no sniper in that steeple. It was, however, soon agreed upon that this evidence would not be published in case the veteran would come to know about it. Why ruin this man's illusion? Why break his heart? If he want to die in the knowledge he has avenged his friend, than that's what he did! Amen! Rusty, Gavin, Curt, we all know there are a lot of fake stories out there, a lot of myths yet to be unravelled. But why would you? It's an ugly world out there, and I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already. And that's exactly why, like Ian, I'd like to keep some fairytales intact. And not give a crap about how trees do or do not grow.
  113. Norma Stefanciosa says:
    Travis, commenting on a post that you disagree with is one thing. But being a rude, inconsiderate jerk is another.
    Travis, commenting on a post that you disagree with is one thing. But being a rude, inconsiderate jerk is another.
  114. 25 Images You Won't Believe Weren't Photoshopped says:
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  115. Nicholas Demos says:
    Clearly that Travis guy is a fat lonely f%ck who doesn't know any better. Maybe your Rastafarian wannabe dreadlocks are too tight on that thick skull of yours pal...
    Clearly that Travis guy is a fat lonely f%ck who doesn't know any better. Maybe your Rastafarian wannabe dreadlocks are too tight on that thick skull of yours pal...
  116. Joseph Grutt says:
    Seems more like you're calling Marie a liar.
    Seems more like you're calling Marie a liar.
  117. Morten Knudsen says:
    Get what? That untrue stories still can make stupid people happy?
    Get what? That untrue stories still can make stupid people happy?
  118. Morten Knudsen says:
    Analysing IS enjoying!!!!
    Analysing IS enjoying!!!!
  119. Marie Roedell says:
    Thanks to those who defended me from the dreadlock monster above. lol Why the scar on the tree moved up-ward only nature really knows. But the fact is, it did move up a little and it was a fascinating story to tell my daughter. So "Travis" how can something real be wrong? And three strikes? Give me a freakin' break...loser!! lol
    Thanks to those who defended me from the dreadlock monster above. lol Why the scar on the tree moved up-ward only nature really knows. But the fact is, it did move up a little and it was a fascinating story to tell my daughter. So "Travis" how can something real be wrong? And three strikes? Give me a freakin' break...loser!! lol
  120. Marie Roedell says:
    Eric Putnam Yeah Eric...it didnt move up too much considering the size the tree has grown since I was young. :)
    Eric Putnam Yeah Eric...it didnt move up too much considering the size the tree has grown since I was young. :)
  121. Fox Tails: A Blog » Blog Archive » What stories do abandoned bicyles tell? says:
    [...] bike behind and forgot all about it. The mystery, however, is did the bike end up so high up there? Another source say “trees do not grow upward from the base of the trunk, they grow from the tips of the [...]
    [...] bike behind and forgot all about it. The mystery, however, is did the bike end up so high up there? Another source say “trees do not grow upward from the base of the trunk, they grow from the tips of the [...]
  122. Zac Tarasovich says:
    Melanie Janssen OMG please stop. Wow people still continue to amaze me with their ignorance. What ever happened to valuing TRUTH!?? NO you shouldn't let people believe illusions, that's a contributing factor to why the world is a "miserable" place. GET a grip on reality, not to benefit or help me, but to help yourself. "I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already"...Are you extremely naive? SO HAS EVERYBODY! Reality is reality whether you admit so, or not. If what you said about the sniper not being in that steeple is true, that's reality. Granted, you don't need to tell the guy because it isn't your place, but he should know. Nevermind, no he shouldn't, just let him falsely believe he avenged his fallen brother. This fucking place...
    Melanie Janssen OMG please stop. Wow people still continue to amaze me with their ignorance. What ever happened to valuing TRUTH!?? NO you shouldn't let people believe illusions, that's a contributing factor to why the world is a "miserable" place. GET a grip on reality, not to benefit or help me, but to help yourself. "I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already"...Are you extremely naive? SO HAS EVERYBODY! Reality is reality whether you admit so, or not. If what you said about the sniper not being in that steeple is true, that's reality. Granted, you don't need to tell the guy because it isn't your place, but he should know. Nevermind, no he shouldn't, just let him falsely believe he avenged his fallen brother. This fucking place...
  123. Zac Tarasovich says:
    Truth will always prevail. Nothing else matters, really. Believe me, I used to love me some disney movies, and I still do from time to time. However, they are FAIRYTALES, and the longer humans stay in fantasy, the harder and less likely it will be to achieve enlightenment
    Truth will always prevail. Nothing else matters, really. Believe me, I used to love me some disney movies, and I still do from time to time. However, they are FAIRYTALES, and the longer humans stay in fantasy, the harder and less likely it will be to achieve enlightenment
  124. Zac Tarasovich says:
    Melanie Janssen OMG please stop. Wow people still continue to amaze me with their ignorance. What ever happened to valuing TRUTH!?? NO you shouldn't let people believe illusions, that's a contributing factor to why the world is a "miserable" place. GET a grip on reality, not to benefit or help me, but to help yourself. "I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already"...Are you extremely naive? SO HAS EVERYBODY! Reality is reality whether you admit so, or not. If what you said about the sniper not being in that steeple is true, that's reality. Granted, you don't need to tell the guy because it isn't your place, but he should know. Nevermind, no he shouldn't, just let him falsely believe he avenged his fallen brother. This fucking place...
    Melanie Janssen OMG please stop. Wow people still continue to amaze me with their ignorance. What ever happened to valuing TRUTH!?? NO you shouldn't let people believe illusions, that's a contributing factor to why the world is a "miserable" place. GET a grip on reality, not to benefit or help me, but to help yourself. "I've been hit by reality one too many times in life already"...Are you extremely naive? SO HAS EVERYBODY! Reality is reality whether you admit so, or not. If what you said about the sniper not being in that steeple is true, that's reality. Granted, you don't need to tell the guy because it isn't your place, but he should know. Nevermind, no he shouldn't, just let him falsely believe he avenged his fallen brother. This fucking place...
  125. Zac Tarasovich says:
    Truth will always prevail. Nothing else matters, really. Believe me, I used to love me some disney movies, and I still do from time to time. However, they are FAIRYTALES, and the longer humans stay in fantasy, the harder and less likely it will be to achieve enlightenment
    Truth will always prevail. Nothing else matters, really. Believe me, I used to love me some disney movies, and I still do from time to time. However, they are FAIRYTALES, and the longer humans stay in fantasy, the harder and less likely it will be to achieve enlightenment
  126. Zac Tarasovich says:
    Mike Stephanie Good God man, give it up. There is truth to everything, and truth never changes, regardless of what you believe. I can say confidently 99% of earth's current population believes the majority of illusions, not truth.
    Mike Stephanie Good God man, give it up. There is truth to everything, and truth never changes, regardless of what you believe. I can say confidently 99% of earth's current population believes the majority of illusions, not truth.
  127. Mike Stephanie says:
    Zac Tarasovich: This post of mine was done back in April.... and I'm not a MAN or dude.... I'm actually a woman.... So hop off my OPINION! Thx...
    Zac Tarasovich: This post of mine was done back in April.... and I'm not a MAN or dude.... I'm actually a woman.... So hop off my OPINION! Thx...
  128. Amy L Knudson says:
    Mike Stephanie: We'll "hop off your OPINION" when you stop making our gender look small and weak minded to the rest of the world.
    Mike Stephanie: We'll "hop off your OPINION" when you stop making our gender look small and weak minded to the rest of the world.
  129. Ina Goodling says:
    Ian Wroe That's how conversations work, dumb ass. You start talking about one subject, which leads to another subject, which leads to yet another subject and so on. So you're insulting all of these people here for doing what ALL normal humans do, including yourself. And you're also taking it upon yourself to tell everyone they're not allowed to comment on each other's comments, which is how this whole thing got off topic to begin with. Get a life and learn the TRUE art of conversation and social psychology.
    Ian Wroe That's how conversations work, dumb ass. You start talking about one subject, which leads to another subject, which leads to yet another subject and so on. So you're insulting all of these people here for doing what ALL normal humans do, including yourself. And you're also taking it upon yourself to tell everyone they're not allowed to comment on each other's comments, which is how this whole thing got off topic to begin with. Get a life and learn the TRUE art of conversation and social psychology.
  130. Branden Zeledon says:
    Actually, this photo is true, but the text is completely wrong. A kid left it there around the 1950's, later becoming a deputy in king county.
    Actually, this photo is true, but the text is completely wrong. A kid left it there around the 1950's, later becoming a deputy in king county.
  131. Sherry Massengale says:
    If in fact he did go off and fight for the freedom of our country, for us to debate openly over this picture. I ask you what is the "name of the man" that gave his life for our freedom and never rode his bike again on the land that he fought for!
    If in fact he did go off and fight for the freedom of our country, for us to debate openly over this picture. I ask you what is the "name of the man" that gave his life for our freedom and never rode his bike again on the land that he fought for!
  132. Kris Holmgren says:
    Here's some food for thought.....why would an American "boy" head off to War in 1914? Is it POSSIBLE? Maybe...if he ran off to fight with the Canadians/British. So, yes...remotely possible, but VERY unlikely, as the US didn't ENTER WW I until 1917. And,....the bike looks to me to be from the 1930's or 40's. Would be a really cool story though!
    Here's some food for thought.....why would an American "boy" head off to War in 1914? Is it POSSIBLE? Maybe...if he ran off to fight with the Canadians/British. So, yes...remotely possible, but VERY unlikely, as the US didn't ENTER WW I until 1917. And,....the bike looks to me to be from the 1930's or 40's. Would be a really cool story though!
  133. Dan Weitzel says:
    to the people who think that a tree does not grow up from the base as well as the top the tree ( I shake my head ). I have a tree in my back yard that had barbwire wrapped around it as part of a fence one time. in 20 years that barbwire is a long way up there now.
    to the people who think that a tree does not grow up from the base as well as the top the tree ( I shake my head ). I have a tree in my back yard that had barbwire wrapped around it as part of a fence one time. in 20 years that barbwire is a long way up there now.
  134. Jamie Card says:
    its unfortunate that the importance of this picture has boiled down to the growth of a tree....HOW ABOUT THE FACTS: there is a bike in a tree, how it actually got there no one knows, but legends are made up of stories usually passed on from generation to generation, another fact, to this day we still have soldiers that leave their belongings behind and never return... if nothing else this is a tribute that locals have decided to dedicate to ww1.. and I think the storey is a sobering reminder that men and woman that fight for this country don't always return, and they always leave a piece of themselves behind... God bless the soldiers!
    its unfortunate that the importance of this picture has boiled down to the growth of a tree....HOW ABOUT THE FACTS: there is a bike in a tree, how it actually got there no one knows, but legends are made up of stories usually passed on from generation to generation, another fact, to this day we still have soldiers that leave their belongings behind and never return... if nothing else this is a tribute that locals have decided to dedicate to ww1.. and I think the storey is a sobering reminder that men and woman that fight for this country don't always return, and they always leave a piece of themselves behind... God bless the soldiers!
  135. Faith Garrish says:
    Why in the world are there so many people acting butthurt over the fact that the war story isn't true? Who cares if people are arguing about how the bike got there? This is how new knowledge comes about! By not just accepting what people tell you or what "sounds nice" and exploring the facts behind something! There are plenty of other TRUE war stories that are just as, if not MORE inspiring- and they are about REAL people. Unfortunately this was one of those short, quick, easy to share stories that would take just as much time to share as slapping a "Support the troops" ribbon on your car would. Stop and think for a minute before acting upset that some people are trying to find the TRUTH behind a unique phenomenon. There is nothing wrong with it, and I honestly think it is beyond immature. What? Are you venting out some old pent up rage from when someone told you Santa wasn't real? Please. Facts are facts. Sure, I GUESS you can choose whether or not to believe them, but don't knock the people, like me, who would rather investigate before sharing rumors.
    Why in the world are there so many people acting butthurt over the fact that the war story isn't true? Who cares if people are arguing about how the bike got there? This is how new knowledge comes about! By not just accepting what people tell you or what "sounds nice" and exploring the facts behind something! There are plenty of other TRUE war stories that are just as, if not MORE inspiring- and they are about REAL people. Unfortunately this was one of those short, quick, easy to share stories that would take just as much time to share as slapping a "Support the troops" ribbon on your car would. Stop and think for a minute before acting upset that some people are trying to find the TRUTH behind a unique phenomenon. There is nothing wrong with it, and I honestly think it is beyond immature. What? Are you venting out some old pent up rage from when someone told you Santa wasn't real? Please. Facts are facts. Sure, I GUESS you can choose whether or not to believe them, but don't knock the people, like me, who would rather investigate before sharing rumors.
  136. Richardson Jamie II says:
    Wow sad that the moral of the whole thing is symbolism of a yound soldier going to war and never coming home as a former soldier in the new york national guard iam almost ashamed that people would pick apart a story of someone not coming home from a war to say oh it never happened or its impossible its called symbolism people the bike represents a boy or young person judging of the size the tree sort of represents life it keeps growing but the bike is still there because a young soldier never made it home and you would rather argue over how a tree grows than take in a story to represent all the brave men and woman we lost? I'm really ashamed.
    Wow sad that the moral of the whole thing is symbolism of a yound soldier going to war and never coming home as a former soldier in the new york national guard iam almost ashamed that people would pick apart a story of someone not coming home from a war to say oh it never happened or its impossible its called symbolism people the bike represents a boy or young person judging of the size the tree sort of represents life it keeps growing but the bike is still there because a young soldier never made it home and you would rather argue over how a tree grows than take in a story to represent all the brave men and woman we lost? I'm really ashamed.
  137. Cathi Dorroh says:
    Met Mr. Don Puz (the owner of that bike) at a bar-b-que on Vashon Island this week end. He told us the whole story. What a great story.
    Met Mr. Don Puz (the owner of that bike) at a bar-b-que on Vashon Island this week end. He told us the whole story. What a great story.
  138. Sue Crane Bryan says:
    This is my Uncle Don Puz bike. He left it in the woods..he is still alive and well..Viet Nam vet..check snopes..
    This is my Uncle Don Puz bike. He left it in the woods..he is still alive and well..Viet Nam vet..check snopes..
  139. Julie Crane Freiheit says:
    Uncle's bike from early to mid forties--never been a mystery to our family :)
    Uncle's bike from early to mid forties--never been a mystery to our family :)
  140. Tony Tate says:
    A Mr Don Puz was the owner of the bike and by the time he was 8 yrs old he had outgrown the bike and had thrown it into the bushes. When he was in his early twenties he was takin a walk in the same area and noticed the bike and recognised it as his own. He has even left a post on this site stating these facts on February 1st of this year.Check it out....if you believe him that is up to you. Now,,,, Trees obviously grow up and they can also grow out. when I was a kid I had a chain around a tree were I used to lock my bike. My bike got stolen one day and so I forgot about the chain on the floor and locked around the tree, until one day I remembered I had kept my bike chained to the tree. I went to the tree and you know what? The tree had grown thicker and thicker and I couldn't get the chain off the tree. That was 33 years ago. I have been back to the tree and the lock to the chain is only just visible its about 5 feet off the ground, and all aroung the trunk of the tree is the bark and its grown around the chain and the chain is no longer visible just a mound in the surface of the tree around the trunk..... So yes trees grow up from the top but also from the bottom but at a slower rate and they also grow out. I thought that was pretty obvious but after reading most of the posts on here about this bike. Their are some dumb assed stupid people in America who have far too much time on their hands!
    A Mr Don Puz was the owner of the bike and by the time he was 8 yrs old he had outgrown the bike and had thrown it into the bushes. When he was in his early twenties he was takin a walk in the same area and noticed the bike and recognised it as his own. He has even left a post on this site stating these facts on February 1st of this year.Check it out....if you believe him that is up to you. Now,,,, Trees obviously grow up and they can also grow out. when I was a kid I had a chain around a tree were I used to lock my bike. My bike got stolen one day and so I forgot about the chain on the floor and locked around the tree, until one day I remembered I had kept my bike chained to the tree. I went to the tree and you know what? The tree had grown thicker and thicker and I couldn't get the chain off the tree. That was 33 years ago. I have been back to the tree and the lock to the chain is only just visible its about 5 feet off the ground, and all aroung the trunk of the tree is the bark and its grown around the chain and the chain is no longer visible just a mound in the surface of the tree around the trunk..... So yes trees grow up from the top but also from the bottom but at a slower rate and they also grow out. I thought that was pretty obvious but after reading most of the posts on here about this bike. Their are some dumb assed stupid people in America who have far too much time on their hands!
  141. Larry Hullet says:
    I found the "true" story in the 'Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber'; Dec. 30, 2009: "Islander sets the record straight about Vashon's bike in a tree" - an interview with Helen Puz of Vashon. It was abandoned in 1954 by her son, Don Puz - who was living in Kennewick, WA in 2009. However the bike was the inspiration for 'Red Ranger Came Calling' by Berkeley Breathed.
    I found the "true" story in the 'Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber'; Dec. 30, 2009: "Islander sets the record straight about Vashon's bike in a tree" - an interview with Helen Puz of Vashon. It was abandoned in 1954 by her son, Don Puz - who was living in Kennewick, WA in 2009. However the bike was the inspiration for 'Red Ranger Came Calling' by Berkeley Breathed.
  142. Cheryl Hanschen says:
    The US didn't enter World War I until 1917. In 1914, Americans were bitterly divided over which side we should support in the war. It would have been unusual for an American to go to war in 1914. Not impossible, certainly, but unusual.
    The US didn't enter World War I until 1917. In 1914, Americans were bitterly divided over which side we should support in the war. It would have been unusual for an American to go to war in 1914. Not impossible, certainly, but unusual.
  143. Gary Croft says:
    I doubt this is faked. I've encountered many examples of trees and/or bushes growing around objects in much the same manner--albeit on a smaller scale.
    I doubt this is faked. I've encountered many examples of trees and/or bushes growing around objects in much the same manner--albeit on a smaller scale.
  144. Teresa Magee Valdez says:
    That's so somber to look at that old bike almost live thru that tree!
    That's so somber to look at that old bike almost live thru that tree!
  145. Gillian Ratcliffe says:
    hmmmm
    hmmmm
  146. Sean Ky?k? Holland says:
    The US did not declare war on Germany until April of 1917 and didn't actually get in the fight until 1918. So at least that part of the story is bogus.
    The US did not declare war on Germany until April of 1917 and didn't actually get in the fight until 1918. So at least that part of the story is bogus.
  147. Dale Nortman says:
    WoW! Y'all are some crazy folks. Cool pic, nice story.
    WoW! Y'all are some crazy folks. Cool pic, nice story.