According to this math equation, your shoe size can tell your age.  Solve the problem below and let me know if it works for you:

1) Take your shoe size (no half sizes – round up)

2) Multiply by 5

4) Multiply by 20

6) Subtract the year you were born

Answer: The first digit is your shoe size and the last two digits are your age.  It’s shoe magic!

# Gold Really Do Grow On Trees

Money doesn’t grow on trees but apparently gold does.  Hopefully, greedy miners won’t start cutting down the trees…

Australia based researchers found the gold particles hidden within eucalyptus tree foliage, indicating that gold deposits may also be buried many metres below.

The grains growing within the leaves are approximately one fifth the diameter of a human hair, making the discovery unlikely to start a gold rush. However,  it can provide a unique opportunity for mineral exploration.

Geochemists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRPO) said eucalyptus trees in western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it their leaves and branches.

Although the amounts found were tiny, their presence could indicate gold ore deposits buried up to tens of metres underground and under sediments that are up to 60 million years old.

Lead author of the study, Dr Mel Lintern, said the team used CSIRO’s Maia detector, a machine that uses x-rays to probe matter in great detail, to search for gold deposits. They were able to produce images of gold found in the leaves, bark and twigs of some of the trees.

Their research, published in the journal Nature Communications,suggested plants were absorbing gold particles found around the soils of eucalyptus trees, Dr Lintern explained.

“The eucalypt acts as a hydraulic pump – its roots extend tens of metres into the ground and draw up water containing the gold.

“As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it’s moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground.

“The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique.”

# Summary of The Government Shut Down by Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is one my favorite political commentators.  She is knowledgeable as she is smart.  It took the GOP 16 days to achieve nothing while holding the U.S. hostage.  The GOP didn’t get what they wanted and we all got this instead: \$24B cost to the economy, tens of thousands of jobs furloughed, negative impact on the economy and consumer confidence, negative credit rating watch and mockery of the U.S. on the world stage…

“Through this process, Republicans said they would shut down the government, or, once it was shut down, they would refuse to open the government unless they got each one of these things. Of all of these things that they demanded, they got none of them! None…these have been sixteen bad days for the country and the economy.”  – Rachel Maddow.

# Bet You Didn’t Know…

• Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
• Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
• Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
• The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
• The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”

Fun Facts

# Bet You Didn’t Know…

• Most Japanese schools don’t have janitors.  Instead, the children do the cleaning themselves.  (We need this in our schools.  Kids will be less inclined to be messy…)
• A sapiosexual is a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others.
• 90% of relationships don’t work out if the girl is taller than the guy.
• Cracking your knuckles does not hurt your bones or cause arthritis.  The sound you hear is air bubbles bursting.
• Some people have a “natural” alarm clock allowing them to wake up when they want. (True, I am one of those people.)
• Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
• It is illegal to be overweight in Japan but there is no punishment or penalty for individuals.  There is also a law requiring some Japanese citizens to be measured every year with steps mandated for those that exceed the recommended waist size.
• On Average, people who complain live longer.  Releasing tension increases immunity and boosts health.  As the saying goes, better out than in…

WTF

Smile and be happy!