So a year ago Valentine's Day I gave bunny_hugger a dragon from ThinkGeek. Well, dragon earrings. It's a two-piece earring set that wraps around the ear with a nice long dragon and it even looks like it punctures the ear lobe with a pretty thick body. It's a nice one and pretty attention-getting. It disappeared sometime in late summer or early fall, though, after a night in Grand Rapids. We supposed it to have got lost at one of the bars where we play pinball, after she maybe took it off her ear --- it gets heavy --- and lost it.
Sad, certainly, and disappointing. But I was able to find the thing listed, and it was still in production. And I could give her a replacement for her birthday. All's well and the story ended there, unless you have the slightest ability to tell how stories work.
So last week as bunny_hugger was getting something out of her car she looked down and there, in the grass and mud beside the thin path of our driveway, was the dragon. Apparently it had not just fallen in, but fallen in to soft ground. We would have driven our cars over this repeatedly in winter, because we park the cars wide of the house to keep ice from falling onto them, and we surely drove over it time and again over the winter. Also somehow it fell in enough that we never saw it before now, even though the winter was an incredibly gentle one with almost no snow and certainly no lasting snow. The only mystery is why it emerged from the depths just now, as opposed to before we'd given up searching for it.
And it's still in wearable shape, too. Tarnished but unbroken, and that's pretty good for wintering over outside.
Trivia: Eleven of the scientists Ernest Rutherford, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1908, mentored would win the Nobel Prize themselves. The last was in 1978. Source: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean.
Currently Reading: Worldly Goods: A New History og the Renaissance, Lisa Jardine.
PS: How Much March 2016 Liked My Mathematics Blog, and as you might guess, it was pretty good.