The jackalope and snipe hunting, two of Wyoming's greatest jokes that we play on visitors from out of state. When they ask about those long Wyoming snow fences we tell them that they are bleachers for watching jackalope races.

That's right, anyone who comes out this way thinking we are just a bunch of unsophisticated flat heads from fly over country we are more than happy to help them to a few Wyoming "facts" to show them just how smart they really are.

So here is a new one for you to tell them:

You've heard of petrified wood, right? Well, that is what you are looking at when you see the mighty Devil's Tower, here in Wyoming. That's right, it was once a giant tree. Look again. Doesn't that look like a huge tree stump to you? Sure it does.

The Facebook page “Casper Planet” posted "scientific evidence," that a large network of tree roots has been discovered beneath the base of Devil’s Tower. The roots go miles deep and miles wide. That proves that the tower was once a massive tree in what must have been a forest of massive trees.

The Casper Planet writes:

***New Discovery Will Change History***

A huge and startling discovery has been made at the Devils Tower in Wyoming. Scientists from the Wyoming State Parks Department were conducting photographic seismic readings below the tower, when they discovered an incredibly large petrified root system below the tower. The parks department released a statement saying, “We have discovered, what looks like a giant root system stemming from the base of The Devils Tower. The root system has been measured at 4 miles deep by 7 miles wide. We are currently conducting studies and tests to confirm that this is actually a root system and not a coincidence.” This discovery is on the edge of rewriting history and science as we know it.

We will continue to update you with any new information, as at this time information is very limited.

So there you go. Next time you have out of stater talking to you like you're just an idiot from Bum Know Nothing Wyoming, add that to the list of tall tails you tell and let them take that back to their east coast friends, just to show how smart they are.

OH, and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, that was a documentary. 

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