When he accepted the Nobel prize in 1982, Garcia Marquez described Latin America as a “source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.”
RIP Gabo. From his obit in the NYT.

FiveThirtyEight Proves That Bob Ross Painted Trees


FiveThirtyEight Proves That Bob Ross Painted Trees

Bob Ross at work, courtesy of Mentalfloss.

Bob Ross at work, courtesy of mental_floss.

This week at FiveThirtyEight writer Walt Hickey analyzes the late painter Bob Ross’s paintings through the lens of statistical analysis.


As we can see from this bar graph, 85 percent of Bob Ross’s paintings contained at least two trees.

Other stats we learn about from Walt Hickey include:

  • 97 percent of Ross’s ocean paintings show waves.
  • 66 percent of…

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Palm trees got the shaft.