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Six of the Oldest Trees in the World

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If you don’t already follow Mental Floss, I highly recommend adding them to your favorite RSS reader. They recently posted a fascinating article on some of the oldest trees in the world — some as old as 9,550 years. Not only do they have interesting names like¬†Methuselah, Old Tjikko, and the¬†Zoroastrian Sarv, but they have great histories as well. If only these trees could talk!

Read the entire article here.

Spring Week

This is a busy week! Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year, Pi Day, which occurs on March 14th because the first few digits of pi are 3.14. In school, we always celebrated by eating real pie (preferably apple) and deriving the definition of mathematical pi.

Today, March 15th, is both the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?) and my cat Leo’s 3rd birthday. He celebrated by chasing his new raffia toy all around the house and getting it stuck underneath a dresser.

Later in the week we have St. Patrick’s Day followed by the vernal equinox, which occurs this year on Saturday, March 20th. It’s predicted to be 55 to 60 degrees in Boston this weekend, so the weather is getting in the festive mood too. In case your weekend weather ends up feeling a bit more like winter, here’s a great song to get you in the mood, taken from Noah and the Whale’s album appropriately titled “The First Days of Spring”.