When a bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) tree estimated to be as much as 250 years old stood in the way of construction of a new building at the University of Michigan, officials laudably decided to move it rather than chop it down. Estimated cost: $400,000.
Their elaborate plan for moving the 700,000 lb behemoth included a spiffy computer animation... so you know it's going to work, right?
The words "KABOOM!" and "projectile" should probably not be associated with transplanting trees. In fact, moving trees should be almost entirely onomatopoeia free. Thank goodness no one was hurt (although there's no mention of possibly hearing loss).
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