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The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak that resides at the intersection of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia. It has the unusual distinction of holding the deed to the land that it sits upon.

The first noted record of this was in the Athens Weekly Banner of August 12, 1890, although various reports give the actual year of the deeding as anywhere from 1820 and 1832. The story goes that Colonel William Henry Jackson, having fond childhood memories of the tree's parent, deeded an 8-foot square of land to it in order to ensure its continued protection. Tragically, this tree died on October 9, 1942, and the current tree is an offspring grown from one of the original tree's acorns. It is sometimes referred to as 'Son of The Tree That Owns Itself', although the patriarchy may be overreaching itself on this point.

The original deed has been lost (and, some argue, probably never existed), and also, legally speaking trees cannot hold deeds

Those of you who are not Indian (and I mean Indian from India, not North American Native Indians) will never know the struggle of dealing with words starting with 'v' and 'w'. When I first came to Canada at the age of ten, I had no idea what people were on about. I remember an incident when I was a kid, someone had done something to my forearm (in good fun) and I yelled out "Ahh my veins!". They started laughing at the way I said 'veins', and I could not for the life…

Gather 'round boys and girls, it's time for yet another tale to chiiill your boooones! Alright fine, it's yet another worrisome story about an aspect of the technology we've come to love over the past few years.

So you might be wondering, what exactly is a Baseband Processor? Well, in a nutshell, it is the main chipset of your device. It is responsible for all the telecommunications and directly interfaces with the hardware. It also includes stacks for…