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Fun on Friday: There’s Gold In Dem Der Leaves!

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Calvin and Hobbs ranks as my all-time favorite comic strip. Calvin said and did a lot of the things that went through my head when I was a kid. But of course, I was too chicken to do or say most of those things.

If you’re familiar with the strip, you know Calvin’s imagination sometimes intertwined with reality to create some really weird scenarios. Well, I’ve got a real-life story for you that kind of reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbs strip.

But before we get to reality, I need you to use your imagination.

Picture this: Calvin and Hobbs are walking through the forest on a brisk fall day. The leaves have changed and they are fluttering to the ground all around our dynamic duo. Calvin has a shovel slung over his shoulder. Eventually, Calvin stops underneath a tree with bright golden leaves, looks up into the branches and exclaims, “This is the one! We dig here.”

Calvin then begins digging in earnest. Hobbs, of course, is having no part of this kind of manual labor. He stands perplexed, hands on hips. In the last panel, we see Clavin, sitting against a big pile of dirt next to an empty hole with a disgusted look on his face. “I was sure there would be gold here! Just look at the leaves!” Of course, Hobbs would get the last word, with some kind of pithy “I told you so!” statement.

This sounds just like a kid’s fantasy, right? The leaves turned gold because there is gold under the tree. Dig there, get rich! That’s quintessential kid-logic right there.

Except it’s a real thing.

Well, kind of.

I kid you not. (Pun intended) According to folks at an Australian gold mining company, they’ve been sampling tree leaves and other vegetation as a way to pinpoint possible gold deposits. According to Australian Mining:

Gum trees growing in the Goshawk region were found to have absorbed microscopic gold particles from their deep roots in areas of high-grade gold mineralization, which then traveled upwards into the shoots and leaves.”

The report goes on to say assay results collated from 329 leaf samples have identified multiple gold drill targets based on the gold content found in the leaves.

So, find some leaves with gold in them. Dig. Find gold!

Of course, nothing is as simple as that. First off, the leaves don’t look gold. Sorry, Calvin.  Second, pinpointing the trace amount of gold in the leaves requires sophisticated testing equipment and probably some knowledge of science. That’s going to be a problem for me.

So, once again my get-rich-quick scheme is foiled by reality.

But, you know, I can always get rich slow – or at least help preserve the value of the riches I have – by simply buying gold over time. SchiffGold precious metals specialists can help you with that — no science necessary!

Fun on Friday is a weekly SchiffGold feature. We dig up some of the off-the-wall and off-beat stories relating to precious metals and share them with you – with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Click here to read other posts in this series.

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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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