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#112357 07/07/03 06:53 PM
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The most interesting one I've seen to date was in Arizona.
It was a Suguaro Cactus (the State plant), and must have stood 60 feet or so tall.
Only indication was that that particular cactus grows only to an average height of about 30 feet or so...S

#112358 07/07/03 10:30 PM
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Yeah, it was something like that!.
Pachycereus vodafonii, growing somewhere in germany.
A cactus in Germany?, I'm guessing that that would look a little unusual in a place like Germany, a bit like an igloo in Saudi Arabia!. [Linked Image]

#112359 07/07/03 11:02 PM
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The named plant species is a great jab. Vodafone is a major supplier of radio-communication systems.

[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 07-07-2003).]

#112360 07/08/03 05:18 AM
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I think it's located at a huge garden center, but it definitely looks a bit weird.
Vodafone is also a German cell phone provider, and this is a Vodafone tower, hence the name.
Cell phone antennae hidden in fake chimneys and similar stuff are quite common around here.

#112361 07/08/03 08:30 AM
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Ditto for Britain: The Vodafone name has been associated with mobile phones here for many years.

#112362 08/01/05 12:24 PM
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Go down the Pennsylvania Turnpike in eastern PA and REALLY look around, you'll see about five of these. So, PA uses these. I'll try to get pictures next time I go on a roadtrip.

Ian A.

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#112363 08/01/05 09:01 PM
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#112364 08/02/05 12:01 AM
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First heard of these on a satelite local news telecast out of Gloucester, ( the England one, there's quite a few round the world I believe? ) a few months ago. Some irate, middle-class old trout, ( dressed in what can only be described as a marquee ), was complaining that this new 'pine tree' on the horizon had "roo-hinned ahr ve-hew". We 'ad a good larf, imagining her teetering on top of the wardrobe with a pair of binoculars aimed out of her bedroom window! [Linked Image]


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#112365 08/02/05 03:01 AM
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The first ones I saw in Colorado were on the summit of Monument Hill between Denver and Colorado Springs. There were always some ugly radio towers sticking up into the skyline just off the interstate. One day, I went by and was surprised because they seemed to be gone. A closer look revealed they were now fake evergreens. At that location, they really improved the scenery. A local Catholic church is paying some of the bills by leasing space in their bell tower.

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