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The End of the Rainbow
The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends.
Title text: The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends.

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The sun contains 2x10^21 kg of gold.

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[Megan and Cueball are walking.]
Megan: There's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Cueball: Rainbows are circles. They have no end.
Megan: Not quite!
[In a borderless panel, Megan and Cueball are off-panel, instead showing a multi-part graphic depicting what Megan is describing: a shorter cone inside a longer cone, with the longer cone with its point starting at the sun and the shorter one having its point at a mini Cueball's head, both cones joined at a circle with the bottom half of both cones dotted in the first part of the graphic]
Megan (off-panel): A rainbow is light leaving the sun, bouncing off the clouds, and converging on your eye. It's an inside-out two-ended cone.
[Megan and Cueball are still walking]
[Megan]: One end of that cone is your retina.
[Zoom out to further away, Megan and Cueball are still walking]
[Megan]: The other end is the sun - which contains quintillions of tons of gold. There's more gold in the sun than water in the oceans.
[Cueball]: So there is a pot of gold!
[Cueball]: What about leprechauns?
[Megan]: All incinerated as the sun formed. Very sad.



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