The Curious Case of the Tree That Owns Itself

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In the city of Athens, Georgia there exists a rather curious local landmark- a large white oak that is almost universally stated to own itself. Because of this, it is considered one of the more famous trees in the world. So how did this tree come to own itself and the land around it, and does the government agree with the general public’s sentiment that it legally does?

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http://mentalfloss.com/article/68698/tree-owns-itself
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