Friday, January 31, 2014


For only $39,997.99 you can get this 85 inch TV from Amazon.

  • 4K Ultra HD with Micro Dimming: Best picture quality
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate: Better for general viewing, video games, action movies, and sports
  • Smart TV with Voice Control: Interact with streaming content and the web
  • LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 78.9" x 64.4" x 2.8", TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 78.9" x 64.4" x 22.9"
You save from the list price of $44,999.99.

You can get a used one for $30,999.99.

Whether it's your voice or a simple hand gesture, with the new Ultra-Slim Samsung Smart TV S9, controlling your TV is easier than ever before. You can talk to your TV in more natural ways such as asking, "What action movies are on", or you can perform all the basic commands such as "record", "last channel" and "turn on". You can also use hand gestures to browse the new intuitive Smart Hub, a central, easy-to-navigate hub of all your favorite content. You can even use gestures to use apps, play games and more. Samsung has also made it easier to keep up with the latest technology. The new Smart Evolution Kit updates your TV with new software, so you can keep enjoying new features without having to get a new TV. Discover how the new S9 can keep up with both you, and the ever-changing world of technology. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


17 is an unlucky number in Italy, probably because in Roman digits 17 is written XVII, that could be rearranged to "VIXI", which in Latin means "I have lived" but can be a euphemism for "I am dead."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

8466548 (4048144+4418404)

An equation that works in reverse as well.

2012 x 2012 = 4048144  and  4418404 = 2102 x 2102

or, if you prefer

2102 x 2102 = 4418404 and 4048144 = 2012 x 2012

Monday, January 27, 2014


The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later. 


Sunday, January 26, 2014


The CHEAPEST Super Bowl tickets are gong for $2,700.

also:  Average cost are $4,600.  Most expensive are $25,000.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


For $30,000 you can buy a first class ticket from LA to Dubai on United Arab Emirates’ A380 airline suite. 

With private three-wall suites (plus closeable door) and two lounges on the plane, Emirates takes it one step further and offers their highest-paying customers two classic walnut and marble state-of-the-art shower systems complete with shower kits and fine linens. Also available: relaxing chair-massages and mini-bar parties.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Immediately after Tiger Wood’s affairs became public, men looking for discreet relationships on dropped by 47.5%

Thursday, January 23, 2014


A scroll at the University of Bologna is shown to be 800 years old.

In 1889, an Italian librarian’s faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence.

This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll’s age as roughly 800 years old.

The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record.
Like all Torah scrolls, this one contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is prepared according to strict standards for use during religious services

What a 19th-century cataloguer had interpreted as clumsy mistakes by what he guessed was an awkward 17th-century scribe provided the very clues that led Perani to investigate further. National Geographic spoke by telephone to Perani about his rediscovery.

.....What led you to take a second look at the scroll?

In 2012, a colleague and I decided to write a new catalog of the [University of Bologna] library’s Hebrew manuscript collection. The original librarian and cataloguer from 1889, Leonello Modona, was an educated man but not a scholar. He had dated this scroll to the 17th century with a question mark.

He described the writing in this scroll as “an Italian script, rather clumsy-looking, in which certain letters, as well as the usual crowns and strokes, show uncommon and strange appendices.” But when I went to examine the scroll, I saw immediately that it was not the “bad” writing that Modona described. These Hebrew letters were in the Oriental style, not of Palestine, but of the Babylonian tradition, and from a much earlier time than the 17th century.

.....So what did you do?

I consulted with other colleagues and experts who agreed that this scroll originated from some time between the end of the 11th and the beginning of the 14th century. I then pursued carbon-14 testing at the University of Sorrento; the results showed a date of between [the] second half of the 12th century to [the] beginning of the 13th century. In addition, a second carbon-14 test at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign confirmed the first result.

.....Even before you received the authentication of the carbon-14 dating, were there clues that led you to focus on an early date?

At the end of the 12th century Maimonides set down the rules for how to copy Torah scrolls, and those fixed rules have been followed ever since. This scroll’s copyist did not know of those rules. Those rules would have forbidden him from using some of the graphical elements found here, such as use of compression of letters, line justification, and which letters can have  “crowns” on top.

There is more freedom here. There are also passages whose graphical layout is identical to that of the Aleppo Codex [a Bible in book form], which dates to the 10th century. This all means that either the Torah scroll was made before the death of Maimonides, who died in 1204, or the copyist had not yet learned of those rules. Remember, there was no Internet then to spread the news immediately.

....So when did the University of Bologna first obtain this Torah scroll—and how?

This scroll has been at the University of Bologna library for centuries. It’s very possible that at some time it came into the possession of a monastery, was later taken to Paris after Napoleon suppressed the monastic and religious orders, and finally restored to Bologna after Napoleon’s collapse.

.....How significant is this discovery?

This is important because this is the entire Torah scroll, the most ancient entire scroll that we know of. We have fragments of other Torah scrolls from the Cairo Geniza that date to the same time or earlier, and they show identical styles to this copyist. Maybe we will find another Torah scroll that is older, but for now this is it.

 to read the article that I just completely copied here:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


There are 2 39 digit narcissistic numbers.



115132219018763992565095597973971522401   .

A narcissistic number is a number that, when you take all the digits, raise them to the power of how many digits the number has, and add them all together, you get the original number.

For example, 407 is a 3 digit number, and 4^3 + 0^3 + 7^3 = 407.

The number of the day is the average of the 2 39 digit numbers.  It begins with one-hundred-fifteen-dodecillion.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014


Because morse code was time consuming and often expensive, users in the olden days came up with a lot of abbreviations.  They came up with a list of 2 digit numbers and what they stood for.  The meanings would have nothing to do with the numbers.  Most are not used today.

A few that are still used:

  • 73 means "Best wishes" often used as a sign-off.
  • 88 means "Hugs and kisses", also used as a sign-off, mostly to a HAM of the opposite gender.
  • 161 (since it is 73+88) is used to say both, either to someone you really like, or to a couple where one of them is the opposite gender from you.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I asked my roommate for a number of the day and a reason, and he said 8 because

'Octomom' charged with welfare fraud

The woman known as the "Octomom" was charged with welfare fraud after allegedly failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings.

Nadya Suleman, 38, who gained fame in 2009 when she made medical history by giving birth to octuplets, all of whom survived, was charged Jan. 6, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release issued Monday.

She is being charged with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid, the release said. The mother of 14 children allegedly failed to report the extra income she earned between Jan. 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013.

Suleman is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $25,000.

If convicted, she faces up to five years and eight months in jail.



Saturday, January 18, 2014


447 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

This is the largest single-family residence in Manhattan.  And it is now selling for a mere $130 million!! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

24527 (8191+8128+8208)

In the Simpsons, the following appeared on a Jumbo-tron:

The writers purposely selected a perfect number, a narcissistic number, and a prime number.

8191 is a mersenne prime number.  (A prime number is a number that has exactly 2 factors - itself and 1.  A mersenne prime is a prime number of the form 2^p-1, where p is a prime number.  8191 is 2^13 -1)

8128 is a perfect number. (A perfect number is a number that is equal to the sum of its proper factors. The proper factors of 8128 are 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 127, 254, 508, 1016, 2032, 4064 and these add up to 8128.)

8208 is a narcissistic number.  (A narcissistic number is a number that, if you raise each digit to the power of the number of digits you have, and add all of them, you get the original number. 8208 has 4 digits, and 8^4+2^4+0^4+8^4 = 8208.)

Thursday, January 16, 2014


An incident that took place in Indiana in 1897, when politicians attempted to legislate an official (and wildly incorrect) value for π:

The Indiana Pi Bill was the brainchild of Edwin J Goodwin, a physician from the town of Solitude in the south-western corner of the state. He had approached the assembly and proposed a bill that focused on his solution to a problem known as "squaring the circle". He seemed oblivious to the fact that this ancient problem had already been proved impossible in 1882. Goodwin's complicated and contradictory "solution" effectively dictated a value for π equal to 3.2. He said that Indiana schools could use his discovery without charge, but that the state and he would share the profits from royalties charged to other schools who wished to adopt a value of 3.2 for π.

Initially, the technical nature of the bill baffled the politicians, who then passed it without any objection. It was then up to the state senate to ratify the bill.

Fortunately, Professor CA Waldo, a mathematician at Indiana's Purdue University, alerted senior politicians to the absurd legislation. This prompted Senator Orrin Hubbell to proclaim: "The Senate might as well try to legislate water to run uphill as to establish mathematical truth by law."

There was a successful motion to indefinitely postpone the passing of the bill, but it still exists in a filing cabinet in the basement of the Indiana statehouse, waiting for a gullible politician to resuscitate it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


A "sociable chain" is a set of numbers where each number is the sum of the proper factors of the previous number, and then it gets back to the beginning number.

For example: 

For example
* The proper factors of 12496 are:  1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 16, 22, 44, 71, 88, 142, 176, 284, 568, 781, 1136, 1562, 3124, 6248.  If you add them up, you get 14288,
* The proper factors of 14288 add up to 15472.
* The proper factors of 15472 add up to 14536.
* The proper factors of 14536 add up to 14264.
* The proper factors of 14264 add up to 12496.  Which is where we started.  So this is a sociable chain of 5 numbers.

When the chain ony has 2 numbers, it is an  "amicable pair".
* The proper factors of 12285 are 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 21, 27, 35, 39, 45, 63, 65, 91, 105, 117, 135, 189, 195, 273, 315, 351, 455, 585, 819, 945, 1365, 1755, 2457, 4095.  These add up to 14595.

* The proper factors of 14595 add up to 12285.

SO, what does this have to do with 28?  The longest known chain has 28 numbers in it:

14316, 19116, 31704, 47616, 83328, 177792, 295488, 629072, 589786, 294896, 358336, 418904, 366556, 274924, 275444, 243760, 376736, 381028, 285778, 152990, 122410, 97946, 48976, 45946
22976, 22744, 19916, 17716, back to 14316 which I don’t count a second time.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


133.335 is the Dewey-Decimal number for numerology.

And if you reverse it and add, they add up to 666.666 , the Number of the Beast repeated.

Monday, January 13, 2014


How many different 2 digit numbers can you make from the digits in 132? 

6 :  12, 13, 21, 23, 31, 32.  If you add these numbers, what do you get?  132!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


You know those long boring conditions you have to agree to before installing software that no one ever reads?  I did a word count on one, and it was 5771 words.

... If the WM-DRM Software's security has been compromised, owners of Secure Content (“Secure Content Owners”) may request that Microsoft revoke the WM-DRM Software's right to copy, display and/or play Secure content.  Revocation does not alter the WM-DRM Software's ability to play unprotected content.  A list of revoked WM-DRM Software is sent to your computer whenever you download a license for Secure Content from the Internet.  Microsoft may, in conjunction with such license, also download revocation lists onto your computer on behalf of Secure Content Owners.  Secure Content Owners may also require you to upgrade some of the WM-DRM components distributed with this software (“WM-DRM Upgrades”) before accessing their content...

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Take any 3 digit multiple of 37,  If you rotate the digits, you still get multiples of 37.

For example, use 518, which is 14 x 37.  If you rotate the digits you get 185 which is 5 x 37.  Rotate them again and you get 851 which is 23 x 37.

Another example is 629, which is 17 x 37.  If you rotate the digits, you get 296, which is 8 x 37.  Rotate them again, and you get 962 which is 26 x 37.

This works with any 3 digit multiple of 37, including the ones that are 3 digits because we have 0 as a leading digit.

It does NOT work if you change the order of the digits in a non-rotation.  For example, going back to the 518, if I change the order of the digits in a non-rotation to 158, this is NOT a multiple of 37.

Friday, January 10, 2014


757 is:

a palindrome  (a palindrome is a number that is the same backwards or forwards)

prime (a number with exactly 2 factors: 1 and itself)

happy (a number where, if you square all the digits and add the squares, then repeat with the sum, you will eventually get to 1.)
...start with 75:.  7^2 = 49,  5^2 = 25, 7^2 = 49.  49+25+49=123 we have 123:  1^2=1, 2^2=4. 3^2=9  1+4+9=14
...with 14:  1^2=1, 4^2=16.  1+16=17
...with 17:  1^2=1, 7^2=49.  1+49=50
...with 50:  5^2=25,  0^2=0.  25+0=25
...with 25:  2^2=4,  5^2=25  4+25=29
...with 29: 4^2=16, 9^2=81  16+81=97
...with 97: 9^2=81, 7^2=49.  81+49=130
...with 130:  1^2=1, 3^2=9, 0^2=0.  1+9+0=10
...with 10:  1^2=1,  0^2=0.  1+0=1  VIOLA!!!

These facts were posted by my Facebook friend Kevin L. Schwartz when his page had 757 "like"s.  He got the facts from Wikipedia.  I added in the explanations.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


article from 2007:

Police in Iran are reported to have taken 14 squirrels into custody - because they are suspected of spying.
The rodents were found near the Iranian border allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices.
The reports have come from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
When asked about the confiscation of the spy squirrels, the national police chief said: "I have heard about it, but I do not have precise information."

some articles:   

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


719 is:

a prime number 

a factorial prime (6! − 1) = a prime number that is some number factorial plus or minus 1

a Sophie Germain prime = a prime, p, such that 2p+1 is also prime

a safe prime = the inverse of a Sophie Germain prime

the sum of seven consecutive primes (89 + 97 + 101 + 103 + 107 + 109 + 113)

a Chen prime = a prime number where the number 2 more than it is either a prime or a pq number

an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part = I can't figure out what the hell that is.

 - (from my Facebook friend Kevin L. Schwartz, who posted this when his page had 719 "like"s.  He got it from Wikipedia.)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


My friend Shevi wrote 2083 words of her next book yesterday.  Unfortunately, she was procrastinating from other stuff she had to do.

(I don't care about her other stuff.  I loved her last book, and want her to get the sequel written already!)

And I can shamelessly plug her last book because this is MY blog!  But it really is a fun book.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


The highest-scoring opening play in Scrabble is MUZJIKS for 128 points.  The word means Russian peasants.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

FFF8E7 (in hexadecimal)

Cosmic Latte is the color of the universe, according to a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry determined that the color of the universe was a greenish white, but they soon corrected their analysis in "The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: constraints on cosmic star-formation history from the cosmic spectrum", published in 2002. In this paper, they reported that their survey of the color of all light in the universe added up to a slightly beige white. The survey included more than 200,000 galaxies, and measured the spectral range of the light from a large volume of the universe. The hexadecimal RGB value for Cosmic Latte is #FFF8E7. 

In a Washington Post article, the color was displayed. Glazebrook jokingly said that he was looking for suggestions for a name for the new color. Several people who read the article sent in suggestions. "Cosmic Latte" was selected.

(I tried to make this in that color, but it is too light to read.  It is like a very light grey.  This is halfway between Cosmic Latte and Black.)

Friday, January 3, 2014


The strongest beer is "The End of History", made by the Scottish firm BrewDog, and is 110 proof.

Just 12 bottles were produced in 2010, and they were all sold for $765 a bottle.  The bottles come packaged inside the body of roadkill.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


2014 is the center of three consecutive integers, all of whom have exactly 3 unique prime factors.

2013 = 3 * 11 * 61

2014 = 2 * 19 * 53

2015 = 5 * 13 * 31

This means that each of these numbers has exactly 8 factors.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


If Jesus had been born on December 25, his bris would have been on January 1 (the 8th day).