Johnson City, Tennessee - Johnson City resident Lawrence Ford had a nutty surprise earlier this month when his nephew pointed out a woody offshoot growing on a tree outside his home.
The 30-foot maple had a 4-inch knob near its base that reminded the 88-year-old World War II veteran of a certain part of the human anatomy.
“It’s a male tree, there’s no doubt about that,” Ford, known to friends as “Timer,” said Friday with a chuckle. “I’ve mowed around that tree for a long time, and never did I notice that thing. But it’s there, plain as the nose on your face.”
The tree’s odd growth stumped him. He’d never seen anything like it in his life, which for Ford is saying something...
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” Ford said. “It just grew like that. I’ve never heard tell of anything like this before — have you?”
Now that the naked reality of the tree has taken root, he’s trying to figure out how to keep his wife, Cleo, from noticing it.
“I haven’t showed it to her,” he said. “I don’t think it would really be appropriate for a woman to see.”
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