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Tired of Tinder? Try This Tree

Many years before the invention of Tinder, this over 500-year-old oak tree near Dodau, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, became a successful matchmaker for humans. It’s also one of the few trees that ever got married.

It all began with a strict father. In the early days of the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the daughter of the Dodau forester fell in love with a chocolate manufacturer from Leipzig. Her father opposed the match (apparently he had no sweet tooth), forcing the young lovers to meet in secret. They used a hole in a big oak tree close to the forester’s mansion as their amorous letter box.

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