A lucky surprise? Since today is St. Patrick's Day I thought it would be interesting to look into the chances of finding a four-leaf clover. After a bit of surfing on the Internet, I came to The Science Explorer website at www.thescienceexplorer.com. There I learned several "new" things. What is commonly referred to as the leaves are actually "leaflets" of the same leaf. So, it's actually a one-leaf clover. The odds of finding a "four-leaf" clover are 1 to 10,000 -- and that's in an area of about 12.9 square feet or 1.2 square meters. Below I have embedded a Scientific American video about the four-leaf clover. (Corrections on my Italian grammar in the practice script below are welcome.)
- Hai visto un quadrifoglio?
Have you seen a four-leaf clover?
- Le foglie sono in realtà volantini.
The leaves are actually leaflets.
- Le probabilità di trovare un quadrifoglio sono da 1 a 10.000.
The chances of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 to 10,000.
- La casa automobilistica italiana Alfa Romeo dipingeva un quadrifoglio sul lato delle loro auto da corsa.
Italian automobile maker Alfa Romeo used to paint a four-leaf clover, or quadrifoglio, on the side of their racing cars.
Scientific Amercian Video About the 4-Leaf Clover
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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.