According to this fanciful message, which is making the rounds of the Internet via email and social media sites, the accompanying photographs depict an amazing tree in Thailand that grows fruit in human shape.
An alternative version featuring images from the same sequence, claims that the female shaped “flowers” grow on the “naarilatha plant” in the Himalayas and only bloom once every twenty years. The images show what appears to be small, perfectly formed figures of women “growing” from amid the leaves of the tree.
Many people apparently believe that the Nareepol Tree and its improbable fruit (or flowers) really exists and, although they have never seen it “in the flesh” (so to speak), some have even come to regard it as a sacred object. However, the Nareepol Tree is almost certainly nothing more than a hoax. If such an amazing phenomenon was real, the tree would undoubtedly be quite famous and there would be many media reports published about it all around the world. The scientific community and religious groups would also have examined the tree and published their findings. Instead, the only information about the alleged Nareepol Tree is in versions of the above message.
Moreover, the photographs above appear to be the only images of the tree available. All the images are obviously in the same sequence and depict the same tree and fruit. Given the self-publishing power provided by the Internet, if the tree was real, there would surely be myriad photographs of the tree available on many different blogs, travel websites and photo sharing websites.
According to the first version of the message, the Nareepol Tree is located in the Petchaboon province. So, if the tree and its fruit really existed, it would likely be a major tourist attraction for the region and promoted as such. However, the tree is not listed as an attraction on any credible travel related websites for the Petchaboon province. Nor are there any credible reports of such a plant growing in the Himalayas or in any of the other regions in which the plant is purported to grow.
Thus, some unknown prankster has most likely created the hoax by attaching a few man-made figurines to an ordinary tree’s branches and then taking some photographs to document his or her “creation”. The junction where each “fruit” joins the branch is conveniently obscured by leaves, perhaps to hide the wire or twine that holds it aloft. And, the figures look too uniform to be natural. Except for the positioning of the arms, each piece of “fruit” is virtually identical in size and colour. Real fruit is likely to vary considerably in size, hue and quality, even when growing on the same tree.
The description of the Nareepol Tree and the photographs of its “fruit” are amusing and the message is basically harmless so long as recipients do not take its claims seriously.
The ” plant naarilatha phool “… found in Himalayas. It blooms once in 20 years and if you look … the flowers are in the shape of a woman, … nature is really amazing!… grows in Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Himalayas.
Subject: Nareepol Tree……. Believe it or not?
Hey this is a fruit in human shape.Unbelievable just have a look
This is amazing tree named “Nareepol” in Thai. Naree means “girl/woman” and pol means plant/tree or “buah” in Malay. It means women tree. It is amazing what God create the World in many forms that amused human beings….
You can see the real tree at Petchaboon province about almost 500 kms away from Bangkok.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!