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Comic #2249

1 Iki Piki: A water cooler? How are you going to create a hard vacuum in that? You'd need to suck every last molecule of water out.
2 Quercus: A tree can suck thousands of litres of water an hour. Against huge gravitational gradients. With no moving parts. In complete silence.
3 Quercus: You're looking at the most advanced, efficient, and powerful form of suction in the universe!
3 [sound]: silence...
4 [sound]: FWACKOOOM!

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Trees are indeed amazing.

Next time you're standing next to a large tree, think about the fact that the brown wrinkly cylinder next to you is pumping vast amounts of water from the ground, up to the tips of every single branch and twig and leaf, right to the very top of its height. And is doing so in utter silence, with no moving parts, non-stop, every day of the year, for what might be several hundred years, while standing exposed to everything the elements can throw at it, without breaking down or requiring maintenance of any sort.

Things we take for granted because they are so common can be amazing when you stop to think about them.

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