The chorus can be mystifying to modern listeners, but its straightforward meaning is that someone is roughly milling ("cracking") the old master's corn in preparation for turning it into hominy or liquor. There has been much debate, however, over the subtext. In the 19th century, the singer was often considered mournful and despondent at his master's death; in the 20th, celebratory: "Jimmy Crack Corn" has been called "the baldest, most loving account of the master's demise" in American song.
There are so many false claims made about the golden ratio, and so many surprising truths, that it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are some of the most common statements you will find in the literature, besides the ones mentioned in the article. See how many you can correctly guess are true or false. (True means known for sure to be true; false means there is insufficient evidence to justify the statement.)
First of all, you need to separate the truly significant facts from the accidental or the spurious. Whether or not the ancient Greeks felt that the golden ratio was the most perfect proportion for a rectangle, many modern humans do not. Numerous tests have failed to show that most observers prefer any one rectangle, and preferences are easily influenced by other factors. 2b1af7f3a8