Although mankind now dominates much of the world and regularly reshapes its environment to suit its needs, trees have been around for much longer than any other type of life and hold the crown for standing the test of time. While they might not have status, wealth, or power, what they do have is lasting life.

These forests have trees that have seen the rise and fall of the pyramids in Egypt and the erecting of the monoliths of Stonehenge.

Here are five forests that have lived for thousands of years that we can visit today:

Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Image Credit - Matt Lemmon/Flickr

Just as all forests remained untouched and unbroken by the hands of men for ages before our arrival, the Waipoua Forest in New Zealand remained untouched until the settlers of the 19th century arrived on the islands. The main tree found in the North Island wilds is the kauri tree, and it would be harvested almost to extinction in order to produce ships and spars. Fortunately, by 1952 the Waipoua forest and its neighboring forests would gain sanctuary status, prohibiting anyone from harming it further.

The kauri tree is notorious for its long life span. In the picture above, we can see the oldest tree in the forest, which has been dubbed “Tane Mahuta” or “Lord of the Forest.” Tane Mahuta is taller than 150 feet and is guessed to be around 2,300 years old.

Tongass National Forest, Alaska
Image Credit - Zarxos

Holding the title for the largest national forest in America, Tongass National Forest spans an impressive 16.8 million acres of temperate rain forest--an area that is close to all of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined.

Many of its trees are over 800 years old, but its oldest trees are believed to be thousands of years old. Today, Tongass makes up about a third of all old-growth temperate rainforests that exist on Earth today! Not to mention, it serves as home to a myriad of fish and wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, moose and five different species of salmon.

Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Daintree is located in Australia and holds the title of largest single block of tropical rainforest on the continent, having an area of almost 1,200-square-kilometers. The best part? It’s believed to be close to 180 million years old. And with its incredible age comes an incredibly diverse range of life that inhabits it. It is home to thousands of different species, from birds to bugs to marsupials.

It’s also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of California
Image Credit - Rick Goldwaser/Flickr

What the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest lacks in traditional forest aesthetic, it more than makes up for with its mysteriously old trees. At 10,000 feet of elevation and resting next to the Sequoia National Forest in California, this forest is home to some of the oldest trees on the planet today; including 4,841-year-old Methuselah, the oldest tree believed to be in existence today and deity to those who recognize it as such.

Only a few people know how to find Methuselah as a means to protect it from vandalism and harm.

Kakamega Forest - Kenya, Africa
Image Credit - Matthias Bohnen

Although this magical forest is on the small side at just under 90-square-miles in area, the Kakamega Forest in Kenya is the last living remnant of one of the largest old-growth forests on Earth today. Unfortunately, over half of this forest has diminished due to human developments, war, and over-consumption of its resources.

However, it still serves as home to over 300 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, and miraculous 700-year-old fig trees.

h/t TreeHugger

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

Image via: Max Goldberg from USA - Trump CAUCUS

Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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