Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013


In The Fellowship of the Rings, it says "Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a respectable age for a hobbit".

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Are you unhappy with the color of your fecal matter?  You can get gold leaf pills that will make your poop sparkle gold.

 Only $91.67 per pill (actually, $275 for 3 pills since they are only sold in sets of 3).  You can buy them on various websites, though 91.67 is the cheapest I could find, at the New Museum gift shop.

New Museum gift shop,$275 for 3 pills:  http://gawker.com/334908/new-museum-let-them-eat-gold

Here is the link to the Citizen's Online page, where they would be selling for $425 each, but they are temporarily unavailable:  http://www.citizen-citizen.com/collections/all/products/gold-pills

I was NOT able to find them on Amazon.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A number that is approximately 6.60568 x 10^16, since that is the best approximation my calculator will give me

The 363 rd triangular number is 66,066 .  Both of these numbers are palindromes.

The 363,474,363 rd triangular number is 66,056,806,460,865,066 .  Both of these numbers are palindromes.

The number in the title is the sum of these four numbers.

(A triangular number is a number that forms a triangle.  Like bowling pins.)

Thursday, December 26, 2013


A man whose name was not made public has set a record for the highest blood alcohol content of 1.374.  He was found passed out on the road in the village called Tarnowskiej Woli in the province of Podkarpaciu in Poland. This means that his blood was 1.374% alcohol.

In the US it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08.  Possibility of death begins at about 0.3.  At 0.5, the risk becomes high.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


How much do all the gifts cost in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?

Assuming all the gifts in the song - a total of 12 partridges (1 each day), 22 turtle doves, 42 swans-a-swimming, etc, the total cost is  $114,639.06

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013


Robin Williams only made $75,000 for voicing the Genie in Aladdin. After grossing over $200 million, Disney sent him a Picasso painting as a way of saying "thank you."

Saturday, December 21, 2013


1-800-MD-TUSCH  is the telephone number of some proctologist in New York.  I have seen his ads in the subway.

Friday, December 20, 2013


285 years ago today they bought the land...  (by the Jewish calendar)

In 1684, a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had fled the Inquisition held a Rosh Hashanah service in New Amsterdam, thereby founding congregation Shearith Israel ("Remnant of Israel"). On this 17th of Tevet in 1728, the congregation purchased a lot in Lower Manhattan to erect the first synagogue in New York.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Nine-banded armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


A narcissistic number is a number that is equal to the sum of each of its digits raised to the power of the number of digits it has.  There are 4 7-digit narcissistic numbers.

The sum of these numbers is 25,679,675.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


A small record with 1 song on each side was called a 45 because it was played at 45 revolutions per minute.

Monday, December 16, 2013


The Amazing Magic Square -- Created in 1514 by Albrecht Durer.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Since today is my daughter's 26th birthday, here is some information on the number 26:

26 is the only integer sandwiched just above a square (25) and just below a cube (27).

26 is the smallest non-palindromic number whose square is palindromic: 26^2 = 676

26 is the smallest number with three representations as a sum of three distinct primes: 26 = 2 + 5 + 19 = 2 + 7 + 17 = 2 + 11 + 13.

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.

There are 26 spacetime dimensions in bosonic string theory. 

26 is the gematric number of the name of G-d, the sum of the Hebrew characters of the Tetragrammaton י-הוה

26 is a 2003 novel by Leo McKay, Jr.

26 is the name of the Australian Alternative Rock band.

26 is the smallest number that can be expressed by three identical prime digits in a prime base, i.e., 222 in base three. Note that it is also the reverse of the second such number: 62 = 222 in base 5.

Friday, December 13, 2013


In 2004, there were 51 deaths caused by power lawnmowers.

Breakdown by country:

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Togo has the highest rate of motor vehicle fatalities per vehicle of any country:  14,050 fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Heil Honey I'm Home!, a British show about the escapades of Hitler, Eva Braun, and their Jewish neighbors, was canceled after one episode in 1990.

The show centres on fictionalised versions of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, who live next door to a Jewish couple, Arny and Rosa Goldenstein. The show's plot is centred on Hitler's inability to get along with his neighbours. A caption at the beginning of the episode presented the series as a 'lost' sitcom from the '50s, recently re-discovered. The show spoofed elements of 1950s and 1960s American sitcoms such as Leave It to Beaver and I Love Lucy, as well as other elements including a corny title, vacuous plots and dialogue, and unwarranted applause whenever a character appeared on-screen.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Sammy Sosa is the only player in MLB history to hit 60 or more home runs in 3 different seasons, and yet he didn't lead the majors in home runs in any of these seasons.

Monday, December 9, 2013


11,628 – that’s how many ultra-thin photovoltaic cells cover the Solar Impulse, a 100% solar-powered aeroplane. 
11,628 ultra-thin photovoltaic cells cover the wings and the cockpit of the Solar Impulse, a 100% solar-powered aeroplane. The aim of this project, which started in 2003, is to fly an aeroplane both day and night without using any fuel or emitting any pollution during the entire flight. The two pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will be flying around the world on their enormous environmentally-friendly albatross in 2015 in five stages.

This incredible human adventure has attracted a number of enthusiastic sponsors, including Google, Omega and Dassault Aviation. The Solar Impulse really is an outstanding piece of design in the way that it constantly seeks to achieve the perfect balance between weight, energy efficiency and performance – the very criteria that might one day allow us to build a huge power line that works using solar energy.

to see the actual article that I just copies and pasted here:  http://pulse.edf.com/en/11628/?utm_source=OutbrainInter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Trafic

Sunday, December 8, 2013


This is the front of the original $1 bill, put out in 1862.  It was designed by Salmon Portland Chase, who put his own picture on it.

What kind of parents name their kid Salmon?

Saturday, December 7, 2013


The number of times I have traveled around the sun is now equal to half of the square of the number of fingers I have.

Friday, December 6, 2013


The smallest Chanukiyah is 0.0019685 inches (0.05mm)

World's smallest hanukkiya shown next to human hair

In honor of Hanukkah a physics laboratory at Hebrew University in Jerusalem has built the world's tiniest hanukkiah (menorah for Hanukkah). The hanukkiah, which is the size of a dust speck, demonstrates the revolutionary abilities of the lab's Nanoscribe system.
The Jerusalem-based laboratory, part of the Peter Brojde Center for Innovative Engineering and Computer Science, focuses on applying scientific discoveries into ground-breaking technology.
As part of its state-of-the-art research, Brojde lab recently became home of the first and only Nanoscribe system in Israel. To demonstrate the Nanoscribe's capabilities in constructing miniscule three-dimensional structures, Yossi Kabessa and Ido Eisenberg, two doctoral students at the lab, recently built the tiniest hanukkiah in the world.
Standing at less than a tenth of a milimeter and invisible to the naked eye, the microscopic menorah is built of building blocks measuring 100 nanometers.
Professor Aharon Agranat, Director of the Brojde Center, notes that his laboratory specializes in technological breakthroughs called "heterogeneous integration" that allow the combination in one system of various abilities such as portability, sense, data processing and communication.
The Nanoscribe system's capabilities are crucial for the lab to develop innovative "heterogeneous integration" technology, which has very practical applications.
An example of the technology's potential is the creation of a physical interface between electronic signal processing devices with opto-electronic devices. With such technology it would be possible to build a new type of network able to sense its surroundings and influence it directly. Such a breakthrough would bring a revolution to the fields of medicine, environmental protection, military and the war on terror.
Another groundbreaking technology which the Nanoscribe's capabilities can help the Brojde lab develop is known as "lab-on-a-chip," miniature systems that allow execution of chemical and biological process and physical measurements of samples ranging from nano-liters to micro-liters.
With "lab-on-a-chip," instead of bringing patients and samples to a lab, it is possible to bring the lab to the patient and send results through a network to a source for evaluation and appropriate action. While the technology already exists, Professor Agranat comments that it is far from realizing its revolutionary practical potential, and that Nanoscribe's production technology may be a foundation stone for developing the necessary complex combined systems.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Monaco has a median age of 48.9, the highest in the world.  (2010 figures)

The world median is 28.4.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


1999 is the largest prime number to be in the title of a television series.  Space: 1999 was a British television series that ran from 1975 to 1977.  The premise of the show was that people were dumping their garbage on the moon, and on September 13, 1999 some radiation hit the garbage and caused an explosion.  This knocked the moon out of its orbit, sending it shooting through space.  But there were people living in a space station on the moon, who were now on the moon-turned-spaceship, looking for a new place to live.

For more information:  Space 1999

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


 The speed limit in downtown Trenton, a city in western Tennessee, is 31 miles per hour.

Monday, December 2, 2013


The factors of 14 add up to 24:  1+2+7+14=24

The factors of 15 add up to 24:  1+3+5+15=24

The factors of 23 add up to 24:  1+23=24

24 is the lowest number to be the sum of the factors for 3 different numbers.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


LAHORE:  Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday.  [As of November 23]
 “A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).

From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence, he said. “Young girls are being raped in Pakistan and all we do is shout rather that do anything practical,” he said.

for more information:   http://tribune.com.pk/story/636971/56-women-killed-in-2013-for-giving-birth-to-girls/

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Ezra was a 2-year old boy who needed a bone marrow donor which could save his life. No one listed in the donor registries was a match.  There are thousands of swabs containing DNA to be tested lying around labs, but are not being tested for lack of funds.  (It costs  $54 each)

The Maccabeats, a Jewish acappella group, put a Chanukah video on YouTube to raise money for processing the DNA swabs.  They raised $80,000.

News report: 

The video itself:

I have not been able to find out whatever happened to Ezra, or whether a match was ever found.

Friday, November 29, 2013


Everyone is making a big deal of Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah falling on the same day. In 2006, Purim, Pi Day and Inupiaq Day ALL fell on the same day, and hardly anyone noticed.

Strange, because you'd think such WIDELY celebrated holidays all falling together would have caused chaos with crowded stores and traffic jams.

What food could be served for such a day?  Well it should be possible to make something that is a cross between a pie and a hamentaschen. And make it with berries and seal fat.

Purim is the 14th day of Adar.  Pi Day is the 14th day of March.  Inupiaq day is, I think, the second Monday in March.

In addition to these 3 holidays, it was also Einstein's birthday.  But Einstein's birthday always coincides with Pi Day. Sort of like Boxing Day and the first day of Kwanzaa.


Thursday, November 28, 2013


The only other time that the first day of Chanukah fell on Thanksgiving was in 1888, on November 29. At that time, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday of the month.

Assuming no calendar or date changes, the next time this will happen will be in 79,043 years from now. At the moment, The earliest Chanukah can be is November 28, and the latest Thanksgiving can be is also November 28. But in a few years the Jewish calendar will shift a day wrt the general calendar, and the earliest Chanukah can fall will be November 29. This will shift gradually throughout the next 80 centuries until the calendars line up the way they are again.

But that is assuming no calendar changes. The Jewish calendar will have to be adjusted because Pesach must come in the spring. We can't have it shifting through the year.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


The average cost of a wedding in the US is currently $29,000.

(source: Money Ning)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I HATE it when students ask "How many questions will be on the test?"  From now on, my answer will be "Fewer than 7,583."

Monday, November 25, 2013


President William Henry Harrison gave the longest inaugural address. Unfortunately, he contracted pneumonia and died 30 days later, serving the shortest term.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


There was an ice storm in Anchorage Friday.  Driving was bad.  There were 54 vehicles in distress and 33 wrecks in the Anchorage area.  I cancelled my class - called in "scared to drive".

Saturday, November 23, 2013


The largest living organism ever found has been discovered in an ancient American forest in eastern Oregon. Officially known as Armillaria solidipes, or the honey mushroom, the fungus is 3.5 square miles and takes up 1,665 football fields.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Rwanda has the highest percent of female parliament members:  56

(US is 18%.)

2012 figures.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Apple sued Samsung and won.  Sumsung has to pay Apple 1.05 billion dollars.  Which they are doing - with 30 truckloads of nickels.

This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.


I wrote this a day early and set it up to post.  Only then did I check Snopes.   It turns out that this story is not true,

21,000,000,000 nickels would require all the nickels produced in the past few decades.  That would require about 2,755 eighteen-wheeler trucks to transport.

This verdict had actually been thrown out.  however, there have been new verdicts, and Samsung does owe Apple $929.83 million.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


A narcissistic number is a number that is equal to the sum of each of its digits raised to the power of the number of digits it has.  There are 4 3-digit narcissistic numbers.

The sum of these is 1301.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


This is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  I wanted to find out how many words were in it and use that as today's number, but no one is sure of the exact words.  However, everyone is sure that it began with "Four score and seven years ago..." This is 87 years.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Thursday the United Nations passed 9 resolutions.  All were against Israel.

  • “Expressing grave concern” at Palestinian refugees “especially difficult situation.”
  • Reaffirming the “right” of Palestinians who left their homes during the 1967 war to return to their former residences.
  • Expressing grave concern about the “extremely difficult” conditions of Palestinians including those in Jerusalem.
  • Reaffirming that Palestinian refugees are “entitled to their property.”
  • A resolution that “deplores” Israel for its alleged practices that “that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people.”
  • Demanding Israel accept “Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967.”
  • Reaffirming that “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development.”
  • “Expressing grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power.”
  • “The Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision,” read another resolution.
(If you were an Arab in the Golan Heights right now, would you rather be under Syria or Israel?)

A Spanish translator thought that was a bit much, and said so when she thought the microphone was turned off.

“I mean, I think when you have five statements, not five, like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad sh** happening, but no one says anything, about the other stuff.”

Sunday, November 17, 2013


The driving distance from Venus to Jupiter is 95 miles.  (The cities in Florida)

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I am not sure what he is talking about, but I'll look in to it.

18 = 3+6+9

Friday, November 15, 2013


Wu Conghan, 101 years old, and wife Wu Sognshi, 103 years old. They've been married 88 years and decided to get a new wedding photo.
What is really amazing is that they still fit into their wedding clothes!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


The Freedom Tower, officially names 1 World Trade Center, is officially the tallest building in the US.  The spire reaches 1776 feet (541 meters) which is symbolic because the Declaration of Independence was signed in the year 1776 CE.

If you don't include the antenna, the height is only 1368 feet (417 meters).

The Sears Tower, which had been the tallest building in the United Sates is 1450 feet.

The World Trade Center (of blessed memory) had been 1368 feet.

The Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, is the tallest building in the world.  It is 2717 feet.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Today is the 12th of November, 2013.  So this morning we had

08:09:10  11/12/13

in the US.

(I think the method for writing dates dd/mm/yy  like the do in may other places in the world makes more sense.  But no one asked me.)

I wasn't sure what number to put this under.

  -  My first thought was 10.5, the arithmetic average of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.  Then I thought of 10.35877, the geometric mean of those numbers.

  -  But then I decided that today was probably the 735,183 since the first day of the year 1 CE based on 365 + 1/97 days per year.  And 08:09:10 am was after approximately 0.3397 of the day had passed.  So I went with the number I used.  (After all, the specialness of the second is based on the CE calendar.)

Monday, November 11, 2013


They began filming the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

on October(10)  2, 1960 at 5 am

at 727 5th Avenue at 57th St. (zip codes were not used back then).

OK, what can I do with these numbers?


The arithmetic average of the date numbers is:  (10+2+1960+5)/4 = 494.25

The arithmetic average of the address numbers is (727+5+57)/3 = 262

The  geometric average of the two is 2rt(494.25*262) = 360.5381.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


This is the 38th anniversary of the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution 3379, saying the Zionism is a form of racism.  The measure passed with a vote of 72 for, 35 against, and 32 abstaining.

So, the United Nations felt that it is racist to believe in Israel as Jewish country, which still has churches, mosques, and a huge Bahia temple, and whose population includes Christians, Muslims, and Druze.  However, they had no problem with Saudi Arabia which forbids any Jews from entering the country, and does not allow any religion except Islam to have a house of worship or be practiced in public.

The resolution was reversed in 1991.  The reversal passed with 111 for, 25 against, and 13 abstentions.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


All the factors of 6 add up to 12:  1+2+3+6=12.

All the factors of 11 add up to 12:  1+11=12.

12 is the lowest number to have TWO different numbers' factors add up to it.

Friday, November 8, 2013


When someone says you're "one in a million" they're telling you that there are 7,038 people just like you.  How is that a compliment?

--  Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Thursday, November 7, 2013


In one of the strangest cases of purported religious beliefs intersecting with athletic performance, a Kentucky junior cross country runner voluntarily walked away from a chance to qualify for the state meet to avoid running with the bib number "666", which she said conflicted with her Christian beliefs.

As reported in depth by Lexington NBC affiliate LEX18, Whitley County High (Whitley County, Ky.) cross country runner Codie Thacker voluntarily forfeited her spot in a regional championship race after her coach drew bib No. 666 for the runner. Thacker and her coach argued that she should be allowed to switch her number, but race officials refused the request.

Those officials would later deny that Thacker claimed she needed to change bib numbers for religious reasons, though the junior insists she was explicit about her motivation. To her, running with the number 666 on her chest would have signified a serious breach in her faith.

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," Thacker told LEX18. "I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number."

The result was a third straight season when the cross country runner has fallen just short of the state meet, even though she had aggressively trained for the regional championship race since June. Thacker had hoped to earn headlines for her performance on the trails. Now she's getting attention for something else entirely.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Take any 3 digit number whose digits are all different.

I. Arrange the digits in ascending order.

II. Arrange the digits in descending order.

III.  Subtract the number you got in step  I from the number you got in step II

IV.  With the result, go back to the beginning and repeat.

Eventually, you will keep getting 495.

Monday, November 4, 2013


The prime factors of 4343 are 43 and 101.  They add up to 144.

The digits of 4343 are 4 and 3 and 4 and 3.  They multiply out to 144.

Cool, huh?

Saturday, November 2, 2013


803 is the sum of three consecutive prime numbers: 
 803 = 263 + 269 + 271. 
It is also the sum of nine consecutive primes: 
 803 = 71 + 73 + 79 + 83 + 89 + 97 + 101 + 103 + 107.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

25 in decimal which is 31 in octal.

Why do mathematicians get Halloween and Christmas confused?

Because  25-dec = 31-oct.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


3024 is equal to 

       36 x 84        AND       48 x 63

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Take the 3 numbers 75, 140, 200.

What is the greatest common factor? 5.

What is the least common multiple?  4200.

4200 / 5 = 840.

What is the significance?  There isn't any.  I just liked it.

Monday, October 28, 2013


0,429,315,678 uses the digits 0 - 9, once each. (Pandigital)

It is equal to:

       04,926 x 87,153       and       07,923 x 54,186     and     15,846 x 27,093

each of which uses the digits 0 - 9 once each.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Some number between 10^78 and 10^82

The number of atoms in the entire observable universe is estimated to be within the range of 10^78 (one quinvigintillion) to 10^82 (ten sexvigintillion).  We’ve added the word ‘observable’ because we realize that there are really many things to discover about the entire universe so, basically, that range back there is only an estimate based upon what we currently know.

Now, before you go on wondering as to whether, because of the Universe’s expansion and all, this number can be growing, note that what’s taking place is simply a mere expansion or dispersion of the masses that make up the Universe. That is, no amount of matter that wasn’t there in the beginning is ever added during this expansion.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The smallest natural number that can not be described by a phrase shorter than one hundred letters

What is the shortest natural number that can not be described by a phrase shorter than one hundred letters?  This is a paradox, because I AM describing it in a phrase shorter than one hundred letters.

Can there be a number that can not be described in one hundred letters or fewer?  There must be.  There can only be 26^100 (about 3.1429 x 10^141, or three sexquadragintillion) phrases with one hundred letters.  Which is an awful lot.  There aren't even that many atoms in the universe, according to the scientists. But there are aleph-null natural numbers.

For example:  five sexquadragintillion, seven hundred four octatrigintillion, three septentrigintillion, four hundred seventy eight duotrigintillion, sixty untrigintillion, five hundred thirty eight trigintillion, sixty seven octavigintillion, ninteen septenvigintillion, seven hundred six duovigintillion, twelve.

So what is the smallest number number whose description must exceed one hundred letters?  I an not curious enough to bother figuring it out.

names of large numbers:  ten power

Thursday, October 24, 2013

40733 ( 1 + 2 + 145 + 40585 )

1 = 1!

2 = 2!

145 = 1! + 4! + 5!

40585 = 4! + 0! + 5! + 8! + 5!

No other number is equal to the sum of the factorials of its digits.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


2733 is the number of possible positions in Checkers after 5 moves.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


My co-worker just got a thorough DNA test for both ancestry and health.  The results say that 3.2% of his DNA is Neanderthal. 

The average European is 2.7%.  They don't  say what the average human is.  They can tell from his tests that he is European.

The company is offering to sell him a t-shirt that says "Neanderthal and proud of it."

The tests also say he has wet ear wax.

Monday, October 21, 2013


General Order No. 11 was the title of an order issued by Major-General Ulysses S. Grant on December 17, 1862, during the American Civil War.

It ordered the expulsion of all Jews in his military district, comprising areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. The order was issued as part of a Union campaign against a black market in Southern cotton, which Grant thought was being run "mostly by Jews and other unprincipled traders." While permitting some trade, the United States licensed traders through the United States Army, which created a market for unlicensed one. Union military commanders in the South were responsible for administering the trade licenses and trying to control the black market in Southern cotton, as well as for conducting the war. Grant issued the order in an effort to reduce corruption.

Following protests from Jewish community leaders and an outcry by members of Congress and the press, President Abraham Lincoln ordered this revoked a few weeks later. During his campaign for the presidency in 1868, Grant repudiated the order, saying that it had been drafted by a subordinate and that he had signed it without reading it during warfare.

for more information:  wikipedia - General_Order_No._11_ (1862)

and stil more information:  jewish virtual library - anti-semitism, grant

Sunday, October 20, 2013


The world's highest tennis court is 280 meters (918.64 feet) high in Dubai.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


In 2007, the average distance driven in New Jersey was 8767 miles per capita, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Friday, October 18, 2013


Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip
Introducing Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip by the emerging canine artist, Jack. This unique presentation of a meticulously destroyed dress shoe is the first of its kind by Jack. The piece features absent toe and vamp portions of the shoe, removed through a secret chewing process, known only by the artist, with razor-like precision but requiring brute strength. The shoe has been severed painstakingly from the upper fine-grain leather through the inner lining to the bottom sole. Half-Chewed exhibits only the finest craftsmanship, as is characteristic of works by Jack. For the performance aspect of the piece, the artist ingested the dissected portion of the shoe. In a post-modern twist on interdisciplinary performance art, there was no audience for his act of passion.

The work has been interpreted by contemporary art critics as a statement on class in the wake of the American recession, a painful and complex subject for the modern American dog. Due to the nature of the artist's process, the collector who places the winning bid will no doubt hear gasps of "How in the hell?," "Oh my God," and "Was he using a chainsaw?" upon displaying the piece.

About the Artist

Jack has been active for some time in the world of artistic defacement popularized by prominent figures such as Banksy. However, only recently have his works received critical acclaim through public notoriety and the rise of social media. He is a two-year-old Dalmatian mix who started his life on the streets of rural Virginia before being detained by a county animal control facility and then adopted by his current owner, whose many possessions have become blank canvases for Jack's defacement techniques. Some of his earlier performance and mixed-media works include Berber Carpet Removal, 400-Thread-Count Sheet Shredding No. 1, A Million Pieces of a Bluetooth Headset, Exposing the Mysterious Innards of a Couch Cushion, Urinating on My Owner's Sister's Bed, Freeing of the Garbage from the Shackles of the Glad Bag, and of course, the well-known 400-Thread-Count Sheet Shredding No. 2.

This listing is only for the artist rendering of the left shoe. The right shoe is reserved for a well-dressed amputee. The artwork will be packaged in a presentation-worthy box for the winning bidder. Proceeds from the sale of Half-Chewed will be applied to replacing items destroyed for the sake of canine art. 

A note from the lister, 10/14/13, 10 p.m.:
Jack's time was short when I adopted him from a kill shelter not quite a year ago. And he's not alone. Many great dogs need a second chance but far too few will find homes. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Half-Chewed and the high bids the work has generated, a respectable portion of the funds (determined by the winning bid) will be donated to a pet rescue organization in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Thank you all so very much for your interest and generous support. Jack and I are truly humbled.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


196 and 961

are the same image rotated halfway around, 


(I was going to put this under 1157, which is 196+961.  But I figured in this case, the geometric mean of the two numbers was an integer, which was too good an opportunity to not use.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


My friend Jeff had a phone number that is a prime number     328-4539

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


According to some website, the average number of times a teenager says "It's not fair" is 8.6 times a day.  How that was calculated, or where they got that number from, they don't say.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Some facts about the number 59:

  • 1 day on Mercury lasts about 59 Earth days...
  • Only 59% of the moon's surface is visible from Earth...
  • The biggest fish ever recorded was a Whale Shark, measuring 59 feet in length, captured off the coast of Thailand.
  • It is the smallest number which when divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 leaves remainders of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
  • It is the number of times the minute and second hands on a clock are aligned in one hour.
  • 59 is also a safe prime; that is, a prime of the form 2p + 1, where p is also a prime: 59 = 2 x 29 + 1.
  • M59 is a galaxy in the constellation Virgo.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


One hundred women were asked how many pushups they thought their husband could do.  The most common answer was 5.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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There are 8 colors of balls on a snooker table:  red, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, and black, and the white cue ball.

Friday, October 11, 2013


The Bush Viper lives in the trees of the tropical forests in Africa, and it does most of its hunting at night. As if snakes weren't already scary enough, this one looks as though it's covered in hundreds of spiky leaves! The slightly better news though is that they are a smaller species of snake, with the maximum length being 78cm (30.7 inches)!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


26 is the ONLY number sandwiched between 
a perfect square ( 25 = 5^2) and a perfect cube (27 = 3^3).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


some people's comments on 26:


Every time I happen to look at the clock it is 26 past the hour. It's starting to freak me out. If any of you find anything out let me know.


I've seen the number 26 any time I happen to glance at anything that involves numbers. I look at the time? 1:26. I look at the degrees it is outside? 26. I check the calories on a food product. 26.

What I'm wanting to know is if this symbolic number is showing up to tell me that good or bad is coming my way. I want to know the meaning behind it.


I am seriously starting to get worried because I cannot seem to find an answer that satisfies my what is going on with the number 26. My first apartment was 426 my first child was born in 126 everything that happens in my life happens on the 26 it was not until my father passed away did I know that he was born 1926. The first time I won something was off the number126. Because of this I will not associate it with any thing negative,however I know something strange is going on and I cant find the answer. and did i mention that my children father date of birth adds up to 26 yes,12/14. can someone tell me whats going on please


Back in high school, my buddy and I started dating our girlfriends on the 26th of the month and the 10th of the month so we would always put 2610 EVERYWHERE. Well, we got older and girlfriends became ex girlfriends and we moved on. A few months later, he mentioned to me about how he would always see 26. I didn't really think anything of it until I started seeing the same number. Not 10, but 26. I, to this day still see it. I found I see it when I need someone. I see it after tragedy and pain with myself and in others. When I feel scared and unsure a out a decision, there it is.

I really started believing in it when a kid was drunk and drove his car into a pole. He was ejected from the car and landed on a bike path lying dead in his own blood. Across the street, there is a telephone marker sign that in huge numbers 26. In a couple towns over a kid was stabbed out front of a store. I drove by it and saw the caution tape out front of it. The address was 26. I have been in some trouble in the past year and every time I go to court, I see 26 all over the place like someone is watching over to make sure I got through everything okay. It's really something else.

All of your accounts of 26 just make it soooo much more real. I know it means something more than many of us know. I think it just shows that someone is watching out for us. Seriously insane.


I have noticed for the last 10 years that 26 is always poppiing up in my life. I knew it had a meaning and I have been serching high and low for some answers. For example my birthday is July 26 and on my 26th birthday I was 26 weeks pregnet. Just reciently I was deep in thought about issues in my life ( this was at 3ish in the afternoon) when I heard my coffee maker turn on. I got up to check out what was going on my coffee maker time said 7:26 ( my birthday ). I knew it was a message. I just had asked a spiritual lady what all this could possible mean and she said that they are message and to pay close attention to your thoughts when this number accures. I don't believe it is a sinister force at all so we should all be glad and embrace these messages.


The number 26 means alot to me beacause all 3 of my sons were born on the 26th; may 26, 2005, december 26th 2007 and january 26th 2011. And with my last son he was a scheduled c-section for feb. 1st, and i've never gone into labor before but he fought for the 26th.


I keep finding a quarter and a penny. At least a couple to three times per week...bottom of the dryer, quarter and a penny. Floor of the bed room...quarter and a penny. It has happened for many many years...it has gotten so that if I find a quarter, I immediately look around, and voila! there is a penny. No other coins...just a quarter and a penny. 26...over and over again. It's weird. But I have looked on it as something good....not sure what though.


My birthday is also 7/26. I seem to always look at the clock at 7:26 twice per day. This year is my golden birthday, meaning I turned 26 on the 26th. This year has been the best yet and I can't help but think this is my lucky year


My first memory of #26 is for my shoe locker in the orphanage where I grew up. As a young adult I first noticed the prevalence of 26 in my life, such as phone numbers, addresses and so on. In my late 40s I started seriously studying astrology and discovered my Sun was a 26 degrees of Leo at birth (trine the galactic center in Sag). I can't say I've had an easy or happy life, yet there have been successes with the failures. And it ain't over yet.


I've had XXVI (26 in Roman numerals ) tattoos on my wrist for years .. Because I've just had a certain feeling and emotion about this number.. I've had so many ironic coincidences and occurrences that have been somehow tied to 26..My name is 13 letters long (half of 26) I was born on the 8th of sept. (2+6=8) I always will somehow manage to look at the clock at the 26th minute very frequently.. And so many more random occurrences.. I can't help but feel that it's something "bigger than me" thats why i have it tattooed where i can see it everyday.. so i never forget to just trust my instincts and believe in something larger than myself .. even if its crazy to do so. I honestly think 26 has more in store for me , tho I don't know what... I never thought anyone else would share in this weird association/attachment to 26.. It makes me feel even stronger about the truth I feel for this number. :)


the number 26 is everywere i look my son pasted away may262012 was born 3262010 pronounced dead at 10:26 am and was 26 months old i dont understand it


I really never paid attention until my then 10 yr old who decided all on his own to choose "26" as his hockey jersey number pointed out that 26 related to me in so many ways...26 has been prevalent since he spoke of it almost 3 yrs ago...I was born 10-26-1970...add all those individual numbers together you get 26...my oldest son was born 3-30-1991 add all those numbers together you get 26...(had my oldest when I was 19 and he saved my life at that time)...I was 26 when i had my youngest son...there is 26 yrs between us...i see 26 everywhere...from mile markers on the highway to just randomly looking at the clock...(if i try to look at the clock it never is, just when i look w/out thinking of it)...just the other day i was heating something in my microwave and stopped it b4 it was done...went back into the kitchen and noticed i stopped in on 26 secs left...I was in a long line at the store and in a rush...they opened another register...26 and i got first in line...those are just examples of MANY times throughout the day i see 26...i am a very spiritual person and never realized how this number related to so much spiritually as well, very interesting.


I was born on 26th of September and was told that I was a gift to my father who was also born on the 26th of the same month.
My father passed away, as my mother did. I recently went to my parrents' grave and the wooden cross of my father fell (in our tradition you should let the cross fall and afterawards you should replace it with a more durable one, like stone or marble).
Last month I went to a store to buy a DVD player for the old house (where I lived with my parents), as it is to empty now, and I payed with card.
While checking the balance I saw that in the account remained 26.26 .
After checking the box of the dvd player I saw that it was imported by a firm that had the headquarters in the village my dad was born. (a very remote location, that it's not even on some maps).


I have been seeing the munber 26 everywhere. On grocery receipts, house numbers. Everytime I randomly look at the clock the numbers are 26. Many times I see 9:26 which happens to be my mothers birthday. I recently went through a divorce and then met the man who is my soulmate. He also sees the number 26. We also see numbers like 11:11 and 12:12 or 3:33 It is so puzzling for us. We both believe in god and he comes from a religious family. It's good to know that we are not alone. We believe that the #26 can only mean good things for us!!!!


- January 26th, 1531, Earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal. 30K died.
- January 26th, 1700, Earthquake at Pacific Sea. Popular with Mega Earthquake. Impact North and South America.
- July 26th, 1805, Earthquake in Naples, Calabria, Italy. 26 K died.
- August 26th, 1883, Mt Krakatau, South Sumatra, Indonesia erupted. 36K death toll.
- December 26th, 2004, Tsunami in Aceh, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. 230K people died.
- May 26th, 2006, earthquake in Jogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. Hundred thousands people death.
- December 26th, 2004 Earthquake in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia.
- November 26th, 2010 Mt Merapi erupted, Central Java, Indonesia.

I was born Oct. 26th
I live in the 26th state
The town in wich I live has Iron in its name:
Iron is also my zodiac metal
Iron=26 protons
Iron=26 electrons
The town in wich I live was created in 1889:
My name added up with numerology also equals twenty six...and to top it all off my initials are T.S.


December 26th 2008- My relative was driving down the road and a car crashed into her smashing the side of the car. January 26th 2009- She was driving a different car 5mph in the parking lot slid on the ice scratched and dented the car slightly on the front. Febrary 26th, she was driving down the road, a biker crashed into her ripping the mirror off the car. no driving for her on March 26th. We are scared.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Yesterday was "Armed Forces Day" in Egypt, a national holiday to celebrate the Yom Kippur War. 51 people were killed, over 200 injured, 423 people arrested.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


How can we calculate 100 using each digit 0 - 9 exactly once in order?

I don't know, but here are some of them.

0 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 x 9

0 + (1 + 2 - 3 - 4)(5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9)

0 + 123 + 45 – 67 + 8 – 9

0 + 123 - 45 - 67 + 89

0 + 123 + 45 - 67 + 8 - 9

0 + (((1 * 2) + 3) * 4 * 5) + 6 – 7 – 8 + 9

0 + ((((1 / 2) * 3) / 4) * 56) + 7 + (8 * 9)

And here are some in reverse order.

98 - 76 + 54 + 3 + 21 + 0

98 + ( 76 - 54 ) / ( 3 - 2 + 1 + 0 )

98 + ( 7 - 6 ) + 54321 ^ 0

98 + 7 - 6 + 5 - 4 + 321 * 0

Saturday, October 5, 2013


The temperature 574.64 is the same in Fahrenheit and in Kelvin.

Friday, October 4, 2013


The telephone number for the government office for Obamacare is 1-800 (because it is a toll-free number)  and then F1UCKYO .  The 1 key has no letters associated with it.  So the letter part spells out FUCK YO .

Thursday, October 3, 2013


The longest home run of the 2013 baseball season was 486 feet, hit by Evan Gattis, of the Atlanta Braves on September 8.

This is Gattis, but not necessarily that particular hit.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Oklahoma laws include 122 mandatory minimum sentences.  These include 1 year minimum sentence for altering the serial number on a motor, and a 3 year sentence for stealing a hog.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Severn Street in Hong Kong is currently the most expensive street in the world, with average cost of $78,200 per square foot, according to the Wall Street Journal. The prices have successfully been driven up after the recession by the wealthy residents of this luxury area.

Monday, September 30, 2013


The average amount owed in student loans for a college student who graduated in 2013 was $37,000 according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


This date in Jewish history: 

September 29, 1941. The Nazis start massacre of Kiev Jews in the Baby Yar ravine during which 33,771 Jews were killed in a single two-day operation. 

Photo: Women waiting for execution in Baby Yar.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Look at this marvelous dragon that is selling in Etsy for only $5,300.

The description:

Meet Freya. She's a fairly young dragon with lots of attitude. She's very protective of children and loves to be petted. You might say she's all bark and no bite, or in dragon terms, all smoke and no fire! Her belly is hinged and houses a fog machine that is plumbed up through her neck and allows her to bellow smoke on cue from the accompanying remote. Perfect for entertaining the grand kids or drawing attention to your business, everyone who meets her falls in love!

Freya won the People's Choice Award in 2012 at the Vancouver Recycled Arts Fair. Read her story here: http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/jun/24/junkyard-dragon-rain-leaves-no-rust-on-recycled-ar/

The steel was long since forgotten and forsaken from its original purpose, so we salvage it to create one-of-a-kind pieces to treasure for many years to come. Upon close observation, you can see Freya's shapely figure is comprised of steam pipe, tire irons, an old 50's Chevy truck hood, exhaust pipe, plow tines, scrap rebar, industrial springs and even metal from an excavated underground shelter. Her natural rusty patina will continue to darken to a rich brown as she ages, causing the welding and grinding marks to blend nicely. No rust protector is necessary, but can be applied, if so desired. She stands 9' tall, has an 8' wingspan and is about 7' long. She comes with custom made glass eyes in either a fierce red with small pupils or a friendlier amber color and larger pupils.


The price is without shipping (or with shipping inside Oregon only), and they won't  ship to Alaska.  But my roommates were just in Oregon.  I sent this the information.  They could have just bought her in Oregon and brought her home with them.  But did they buy her?  NO!