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8. The Tree of Ténéré

The Tree of Ténéré was considered the most isolated tree on Earth. It was the only remaining tree of a group of acacia which thrived in an area of Sahara, when the desert was not as dry as it is today. Over the decades, many people wondered how  that tree survived in the heart of the desert, 400 km away of any other bush or tree, with no water around. The mystery was solved in 1939, when researchers discovered that the roots of the tree had increased to a length of 33-36 meters,so that it could reach the water table below the surface! Sadly, the Tree of Ténéré, a landmark for all the caravans passing through the area and a religious Bedouin symbol, was knocked down in 1973, by a drunken Libyan. The tree of Ténére was replaced with a metalic structure trying to reproduce it.
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9. The only known photo of Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid(1859-1881) was a reputed American outlaw but also a folk hero who started his “career “at an early age, when he shot a man who had insulted his mother. Billy the Kid killed more than 21 people and was shot at 21, after a long hunting and a failed execution, when he escaped by killing 2 people. The only known picture of him was sold for 2,3 million $ at an auction. It dates from1979 or 1880, thus one or two years before Bill the Kid was killed.
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10. The only disease in humans that was completely eradicated

The only disease that was ever eradicated concludes this list of unique things in the world. The small pox was so devastating that killed enormous amounts of people in history: Only in the 20th century,  this horrible disease killed 300 to 500 million people in the world!  This disease is recorded only in humans and it is believed to be as old as 10.000 BC. By means of intense vaccination campaigns, small pox was  eradicated in 1978, the last naturally occurring case being that of a two year-old girl named Rahima Banu. The case was acknowledged by the World Health Organization, which send a team to help the little girl. Fortunately, due to their skills and dedication, she recovered entirely and is still living today.

Two samples of the deadly virus are still in existence at two laboratories in different parts of the world: “The center for disease control and prevention” in America and the “State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology” in Russia. Scary to know that, don’t you think?
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