Raking leaves parallel lines

Raking can be dreary as we make it out to be. Or not. Credit:

Raking can be dreary as we make it out to be. Or not. Credit: Peanizles/ Don Mathias

While we’ve been going on a bit about the abundance and colors of falling leaves around us lately, it is a truth universally acknowledged that fall also brings with it the additional (hah!) chore of raking leaves.

When working, consider one’s instruments. Rakes have been around for a long time, with records of instruments with wooden tines found in China dating back to 1100 B.C. Even the character Pigsy in the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West, is depicted as being armed with a rake for a weapon.

Rake in those profits leaves

Have you ever stopped and considered the marks a rake makes? Most conventional rakes leave a series of parallel lines on the ground. What are parallel lines?

Image Credit: Thinglink

Image Credit: Thinglink

Parallel lines can be defined as lines that point in the same direction and stand at the same distance apart from each other. The mathematical term for this is equidistant. As a result, parallel lines won’t meet even if you were to extend them as they will constantly stand at the same distance from each other.

So there we have it. Whenever you’re in a hurry to get your leaves piled up and disposed of, think of parallel lines. (Or take a moment to bask in the calm thought that your lawn in some way, could resemble a Japanese rock garden.) Keep raking!

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