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Governments, army leaders and diplomats spend months, years or even decades creating borders between countries. farmer in Belgium did not need so long. It took him just few minutes to change border between Belgium and France. He made Belgium about 1,000 square meters bigger and France about 1,000 square meters smaller. How? He moved 150-kilogram boundary stone 2.29 metres inside France. boundary stone shows where border between two countries or areas lies. The stone farmer relocated was laid down in 1819 to mark French-Belgian border. The farmer did not move stone for political reasons. He did it to make it easier to drive his tractor around his field.

Moving border between two countries could easily create major diplomatic incident or even lead to war. Luckily, diplomats in Belgium and France saw funny side of this. They avoided international crisis in friendly manner. The mayor of Belgian town said: "The stone was placed there in 1819 following defeat of Napoleon. The situation should be resolved tomorrow. We will find person who moved the stone so we can avoid any troubles. I still have to verify who landowner is." The mayor added: "We know exactly where stone was before. It was right next to tree." The mayor of the town across the border in France said: "I fully trust my Belgian counterpart, who did what was necessary."

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