Sunday, March 31, 2013

19 ( 6 + 13 )

The numbers 6 and 13 must be lucky numbers for the Mackey family.  Dick Mackey and his sons, half brothers Rick Mackey and Lance Mackey all first won the Iditarod race for the first time on their 6th attempt, when they were all wearing randomly assigned bib number 13.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


There were 151 people on line at Voodoo doughnuts at 4:32 in downtown Portland, OR.  I was NOT one of them.

Friday, March 29, 2013


Flintstones vitamins were produced for 27 years before they included Betty.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


On January 1, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt shook 8513 hands.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Writers for Sid Ceaser's comedy shoes said that 32 was the funniest number. 

They later explained that thirty sounds like "dirty" and the ending of two can be stretched out like twoooooooo.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Forty is the only number whose letters are alphabetical.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Marilyn Monroe had 10 toes (5 on each foot).  There was a rumor that she had 6 toes on one of her feet, because  a lump of sand next to her foot in a photograph looked like a toe.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


2 is the only number to appear only once in Pascal's triangle.

Friday, March 22, 2013


8 is the largest perfect cube in the Fibonacci series.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


The movies "28 Days" and "28 Days Later" have no connection to each other.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


N is a whole number, a prime to the power of a prime. Each of its digits is also a prime to the power of a prime. What is N?
 There are several answers.  (I'm not sure if there are infinitely many or not.)
 The first 5 are  
                 4      8      9     49      4489
There are no others with fewer than 10 digits.
(I put this page under 4489 because it is the largest, which makes it the most fun.) 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


If you add up the values of the letters (so that A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.) of


they add up to 251.

Monday, March 18, 2013


In a survey of favorite numbers, one woman put down 7.07, explaining,

Sunday, March 17, 2013


The average horse can work for an extended period of time at 0.875 horsepower.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


In an article where people were writing about their favorite number, one person chose 5.  Here is why:

5 is both a round line and a edge line so the child has fun learning the 5.

Drawing on the fog glass. Turning 5 years old and learning all those kids and the new freedoms of kindergarten.

5 is the dominant in music (Fifth interval). Five is a useful concept (eg .5= one half).

Fingers, plant and animal design human wheel (star) the pentatonic and penta design, even in the heavens.

It is like the grass green or blue sky or yellow sun or red blood of the number kingdom.

Friday, March 15, 2013


After a 7 mile hike to Tianmen Mountain (Heaven's Gate Mountain), China, or a 7455 meter long cable car ride, you still have to walk up 999 stairs to get to Heaven's Gate.  9 is good luck in the Chinese culture, and 999 even more so.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


The Babylonians are credited as having recorded the first value for Pi (around 2000 BCE) and they used (25/8).

Ludolph Van Ceulen (1540 - 1610) spent most of his life working out Pi to 35 decimal places.

In 1947 it took ENIAC 70 hours to calculate 2037 digits of pi.

9/1/2010, Shigeru Kondo, a Japanese systems engineer and Alexander J. Yee, an American computer science student, have calculated the value of pi to five trillion digits - setting the new world record for the most digits of pi calculated.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

9 + 7/24 + 39/1440 + 56/86400

Mitch Seavy finished the Iditarod in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 56 seconds.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


A ban in New York City forbids theaters, restaurants, concession stands, cafeterias, and other places where food is bought to be eaten there from selling sodas or other sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces.

This ban does not apply to supermarkets.  It also does not apply to convenience stores where they sell drinks like a "Super-Gulp". The ban does not limit the number of drinks a person may buy or how many refills they get.

It also does not apply to diet sodas, alcoholic drinks, drinks that are low in calories, drinks that are more than half milk, or drinks that are at least 70% fruit juice. 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity.  It’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives.”

New Yorkers for Beverage Choice, a group sponsored by the soft-drink industry, plans to fight the ban.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Match-tip tiny, Brookesia micra (juvenile pictured) is the smallest of four new chameleon species found on the African island country of Madagascar. With an average adult length of 2.9 centimeters (just over an inch) from snout to tail, B. micra is among the tiniest reptiles in the world.

Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.

"The extreme miniaturization of these dwarf reptiles might be accompanied by numerous specializations of the body plan, and this constitutes a promising field for future research," study leader Frank Glaw of Germany's Zoological State Collection said in a statement.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


The 7 deadly sins are: Pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, lust.

The 7 virtues are: Faith, hope, charity, fortitude, prudence, justice, temperance.

The 7 dwarfs are: Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Doc.

The 7 seas are: Red, Adriatic, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean.
The 7 days of the weeks are: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

The 7 wonders of the ancient world are: The Colossus of Rhodes, The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The 7 new wonders of the world:  Christ the Redeemer Statue, Great Wall of China, The Colosseum in Rome, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Taj Mahal in India

Saturday, March 9, 2013

5.4 x 10^-44

The smallest physically meaningful unit of time is one Planck time, or the time required for light to travel one Planck length. It is about 5.4 x 10^-44 seconds.

One Plank length is the distance light travels in one Plank time.  It is about 1.616 x 10^−35 meters.  

This was all set up by Max Planck.

Friday, March 8, 2013


The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Some fans of 37 in the eastern US call themselves The 37 Group of Boston.

Hannibal brought 37 elephants with him on his conquest of Rome. 

From 37th American President Richard Nixon's resignation speech: "This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office."

37 seconds elapsed between the sighting of the iceberg and its collision with the Titanic.

"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

There are 37 holes in the mouthpiece of a telephone.

There were 37 extramarital affairs on "Dallas" during the 1980s. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex has 37 vertebrae in its tail.

Andy Capp lives at #37.

There are 37 genes in the mitochondrial genome.

"Normal" human body temperature is 37 degrees Celsius.

The first touchdown pass in Super Bowl history was for 37 yards.

There are 37 steps in the staircase leading downhill across the street from the Jayhawk Bookstore at the University of Kansas. 

There are 37 pages in the rulebook for "The Great Dalmuti".

The 37th Pillsbury Bake-Off was won by contestant #37.

William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


The National anthem of Greece "Hymn to Liberty" has 158 verses.  Officially, they only use the first 3 and last 2 verses.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The shortest 5 syllable word in the english language is ideology (8 letters)

Monday, March 4, 2013


There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
(This includes a $1 coin as one of the ways.  It considered half-dollars, quarters, niclkles, dimes, pennies.  It does not include 1/2 cant, 2 cent, or 3 cent coins, all of which were minted at one time but are not currently.)

Sunday, March 3, 2013


"two plus eleven" and "one plus twelve" not only give the same result but use the same letters

Saturday, March 2, 2013


A 10 foot tall emu was spotted walking the streets of New York in 1973, it had accidently escaped from a circus that specialized in large exotic birds. When police questioned the circus owners they responded saying "George was constipated, so we thought a run around the grounds may help him feel better" Police fined the circus 25 dollars, and 5 months later a bi-law was passed stating that all emus within New York City must be on a leash.