God tells man to build world’s tallest treehouse, man obeys

Predictably this story comes from the American south, where God seems to be particularly active in telling people to do all kinds of things (especially run for office).

Horace Burgess from Crossville, Tennessee was praying one day when he received a message from the man upstairs. The message was clear: build a big-ass treehouse. “I was praying one day, and the Lord said, ‘If you build me a treehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material,'” Burgess tells The Sun.

Apparently God made good on the promise of infinite material—after 11 years of building Burgess wound up with a treehouse 10 stories tall, held together with more than a quater-million nails. The Sun reports that its amenities include balconies, a spiral staircase, a choir loft, and a basketball court. Yes, a basketball court. Though the space provides 10,000 square feet of living space, it cost less than $15K to build, thanks to Burgess’ use of recycled materials.

Technically, I think this can be described more accurately as a giant house with some trees growing through it than an actual treehouse. But you have to hand it to Burgess—no matter where he got the idea, this thing is nothing short of a complete triumph.

God tells man to build world's tallest treehouse, man obeys

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[Photos: Tom Whetton for The Sun]