Teenage Tibetan Geek Discovers Bolivian Coffee Crop Failure Linked To Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Jupiter Great Red Spot-FNT-Small.pngLHASA – A teenage computer enthusiast, Takoda Passang, who lives on Gurla Mandhata with his family, has made a startling discovery that has the world’s astronomy experts all agog. The 15-year-old high-school student has linked the 1979 failure of the Bolivian coffee crop to a particular nasty bit of turbulence in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot almost forty years ago.

On Earth, Coffee plants generally grow in what has been termed the bean belt, a relatively narrow region on the globe between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

After the flyby of Jupiter by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1979, the first detailed images transmitted to Earth from 9.2 million kilometres above the huge gas planet, showed the Great Red Spot to closely resemble a giant coffee bean.

Tibet, sometimes called “Earth’s roof” happens to be perfectly aligned at an angle of 22° with the persistent high pressure anticyclonic storm on Jupiter that is thought to have existed for 350 years.

The images from Voyager 1 show that the equators of Earth and Jupiter were in perfect alignment during the 1979 coffee-growing season.

Theories in the scientific community differ as how a Tibetan high-school student might have solved a complex mystery that has puzzled agricultural researchers around the world for more than thirty years. That is: Why did the coffee crop in Bolivia uniformly fail to mature in 1979, coincident with the Voyager 1 flyby of Jupiter?

But Takoda Passang believes that it was simply a matter of his being in the right place at the right time and being able to draw on the awesome power of current technology.

“It was simple, really,” he said modestly. “I was able to retroactively sense a subtle change in the high pressure zone of the big red area south of Jupiter’s equator with an app on my smartphone. Anyone could have done it.”   Source: FNT Staff  

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Ikea Monkey Inducted Into Mensa In 2017, After Only Three Tries

Ikea Monkey-FNT-Small.pngOSHAWA, Ont – After only three tries, Darwin the Ikea monkey was inducted into Mensa on the last day of 2017. Mensa, the society for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on an approved intelligence test, was founded in Oxford, England in 1946. Darwin is the first Japanese macaque to join the elite organization.

As a non-political being, completely free from racial and religious distinctions, Darwin easily met the basic criteria for membership. His escape from a locked crate in a car in a Toronto Ikea parking lot demonstrated that he was a fellow with above average intelligence. Getting his scores up into the Mensa stratosphere was slightly more challenging, but he proved himself worthy with two other astute moves that won high praise from his test supervisors.

The first was getting out of the madness of Toronto and settling down in a free, all expenses-paid sanctuary outside the city. The second was allowing himself to be weaned off human contact, an arrangement that showed he wasn’t willing to be held back by a species that has shown itself clearly to be of inferior intelligence in that it won’t stop making war on its own members. Source: FNT Staff  

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