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Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR


Matthew Decker discovered this ax with a root handle in his front yard.

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Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR

Matthew Decker discovered this ax with a root handle in his front yard.

Matthew Decker/Reddit

Matthew Decker had just returned from the store with his wife when he discovered an object stuck in the mud that looked like it had been ripped from the Marvel Universe.

There had been heavy rain and a windstorm, so the couple were running into their Kansas home when Decker spotted a peculiar-looking ax in his lawn.

“We jumped up and I gave him a couple good kicks and found more root. Then I grabbed him and gave him a hard bend and slam, there it was,” Decker said. at NPR. “I took it inside, washed it and held it up to the light with big eyes. I had never done anything like this before and was amazed.”

If you’re wondering if this ax with a root handle has any special powers, none have been found yet. But Decker said when he first held the ax, it just had a magical feel.

“I am a huge the Lord of the Rings Avid Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Oblivion fan and gamer, so I was thrilled. From the first moment I picked it up, it had a very special weight.”

Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR

Matthew Decker shows off an ax he found in his front yard with a root handle.

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Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR

Matthew Decker shows off an ax he found in his front yard with a root handle.

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One person very familiar with the roots is Brian Kane, a Massachusetts Arborist Association professor at the University of Massachusetts, who reviewed images of the ax to assess its authenticity.

“It’s certainly possible that it could happen, it’s hard to know for sure if it wasn’t retouched, if whoever did it did a good job,” Kane told NPR. “The root seems to grow in a way one would expect, giving it obstacles like the ax head in its path. The roots essentially grow longer and branch out like branches on the upper parts of the trees as long as there is water, moisture and soil.”

Kane didn’t know what the odds were of that kind of pairing occurring in the wild. He said that “if there was an area where the ax head was left on the ground and it was covered by soil, it’s perfectly reasonable that a root ended up in the handle”.

Kane pointed to the top and bottom parts of the ax head in the image to see how the root was connected.

“What you can see is kind of like a little swollen piece of tissue that follows the line of the ax head. It’s exactly what you’d expect if a root grew and detected something in its path. Like a root growing around a rock,” he added.

Decker sat the ax in his closet for a good week before deciding that an image of his new item should be shared. He took a photo of the ax and posted it on Reddit where it reached the top of the first page on Thursday.

“The attention he is getting is crazy! I did not expect that ! “I’ve never seen a post go viral before, so I was surprised!”

Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR

Matthew Decker shows the ax size for scale.

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Kansas man discovers peculiar ax with root for handle in his front yard: NPR

Matthew Decker shows the ax size for scale.

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Decker said he plans to sell the ax to pocket some much-needed cash.

“I like it a lot, but our car hasn’t been doing very well lately, and we’ve been getting paid check to check,” he said. “So I’m hoping to get a good deal on it, probably take it to a museum or an antique store. I’m not quite sure yet. But I’m enjoying every moment with it right now until this he’s gone, that’s for sure.”


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