Friday, February 28, 2014

4 (or not)

The NBA says they are NOT planning to add a 4 point shot to the rules of basketball.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


A man spent $35,000 to have his house set up for his 18 cats.  This comes to 1944.444444... per cat.  See pics.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Facebook has added 50 new choices for gender, beyond the previous choices of "female" and "male".  I don't know what they are, however, because they are not showing up as options for me.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


What's cooler than a Girl Scout selling cookies?

A business-savvy Girl Scout who sets up shop outside a cannabis clinic to rev up her sales skills.
Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei did brisk business last Monday selling Dulce de Leches and other flavors outside The Green Cross medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco.

Danielle was able to sell 117 boxes within two hours outside the cannabis clinic -- 37 more than what she sold within the same time frame at a local Safeway the next day.

"It's no secret that cannabis is an appetite stimulant -- so it's not shocking that a lot of our patients came and purchased cannabis, and then saw the cookies and purchased them," said Holli Bert, a spokesperson for The Green Cross. "But it wasn't just patients, staff members and neighbors also bought the cookies. I personally bought five boxes. It turned out to be a big success."

Bert said that Danielle's mother had contacted The Green Cross to set up the sale outside the store.
"We were happy to have her (Danielle) come -- she is extremely business savvy," Bert said.

Monday, February 24, 2014


The world's oldest known Holocaust survivor has died at age 110, her grandson told CNN Sunday.

Alice Herz-Sommer and her son were sent to a concentration camp during WWII, A talented pianist, she survived by playing for the Nazis at the camp.  "My world is music," she said in a 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary about her life, "The Lady in Number 6".

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


The star-nosed mole rat has 22 fingerry appendages on his nose.

The star-nosed mole is a small mole found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is easily identified by the 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Alexis Martin, a three-year-old who's become the youngest person in Arizona to be accepted into Mensa.

Alexis was found to have an IQ of above 160, and has even taught herself Spanish!
Her mom and dad started to realize she was something special when she began to recite bedtime stories at 12-18 months old.

"We'd be driving around in the car and she would recite her bedtime story from the night before,” said her dad. “She didn’t just recite them, she recited them exactly.”

The parents say Alexis' use of adult apps on their iPad has helped her learn and she began reading at age two.

The parents are now debating whether Alexis should start kindergarten early.

Friday, February 21, 2014


The "Epicurious Gourmand" experience at the Oregon Truffle Festival costs $695 per person and includes truffle tasting and truffle hunting with dogs.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


While the number 4 does not strike fear to many in the West, the Chinese and Japanese have a superstitious fear of the number 4. The reason is fairly simple: the word for death, shi, sounds just like the number for 4. In China and Japan, buildings do not have a 4th floor or any floor whose number contains the digit 4.  Cartoon characters that have only four fingers are considered bad luck. The superstition runs so deep in these cultures that cardiac deaths for Chinese and Japanese Americans are said to increase by 7 percent on the fourth of each month.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Exit 880 in I-10 in Orange, Texas, is the highest interstate exit number.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


In the past week, this blog has been viewed 15 times in Germany.  No one left any comments.

Monday, February 17, 2014


If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives.

In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


12 is a sublime number. 

A sublime number is a number with a perfect number of factors whose factors add up to a perfect number.

12 has 6 factors:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12.

The factors of 12 add up to 28.

6 and 28 are both perfect numbers because they are equal to the sum of their proper factors.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

43 ( 7 + 13 + 23 )

I asked my friend Cheryl what her favorite number is.  She said it is a tie between 7 ("I had seven children"),  13 (" I was born on the 13th.  I've always liked that number, maybe because most people don't."), and 23 ("When I was a child I always wanted to be 23.  Not 16.  Not 18.  Always 23.")

Friday, February 14, 2014


I'm suffering from a lack of imagination today.  So 128 is today's number.  Just because.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


A sudoku puzzle must have at least 17 numbers to be filled in to be solvable.

Monday, February 10, 2014


The longest word to appear in an English language dictionary is


which is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.  It has 45 letters.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


512.73 is the Dewey Decimal system classification for analytical number theory.

What is the significance of 512.73?

According to "The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers":

First I subtract it from 666, the Number of the Beast in the Book of Revelation:
666 - 512.73 = 153.27
The same digits appear, but rearranged, signifying the effect of removing evil from the world.

The whole number part is now 153, the number of fishes hauled from the river by Peter.
The decimal part is the sacred number 3, raised to its own power.

Divide the Number of the Beast by 3, and you obtain 222,
the Dewey Decimal system classification for the Old Testament.
Add 3 and you obtain 225, the classification for the New Testament.
Add 3 again, and you obtain 228, the classification of the Book of Revelation.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


I couldn't think of anything, so I went to Yahoo, and typed in "How many" to see what they came up with.

There are:
  • 105 calories in a banana (on average)
  • 128 ounces in a gallon (fluid ounces)
  • 16 ounces in a pound (non-fluid ounces)
  • 4 cups in a quart
  • 5280 feet in a mile
  • 8 ounces in a cup (fluid ounces)
  • 28.35 grams in an ounce (approximately)
  • 365.39 weeks in a year (approximately)
  • 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon
  • 2 pints in a quart
total:  5939.74

Friday, February 7, 2014


My friend's credit card company messed up her account an overcharged her 1¢ so they sent her a check.

I whited out her name and address  on the picture.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


100 women were asked "On a scale from 1 to 10, how sexy are men with hairy chests?" The most common answer was 1. 

(source: Family Feud)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Preston, Socrates, and Buddy are hogging my bed. (Buddy likes to hide under the covers.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


The Gregorian calendar is set up so that a year is equal to one revolution of the earth around the sun.  The months don't correspond to anything.

A month in the Muslim calendar is equal to one cycle of the moon, between 29 and 30 days.  A year is 12 months.  This means that a year in the Muslim calendar is about 11 days shorter than a Gregorian year.  This is why the Muslim holidays are not connected to any seasons.

(The Jewish calendar has the same months as the Muslim calendar, but some years have 12 months and some have 13 months.  So the year is roughly the same as a year in the Gregorian calendar.)

So at some point, the year number of the Muslim year will catch up to the year number of the Gregorian year.  This will happen in the year 20860.

Monday, February 3, 2014


There are 50 states in the United States. 

(I couldn't think of anything.  So I decided to go to Google and type "How many" and go with the first way Google finished the sentence. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Sean :: Is there any special term for a prime p, such that the prime squared plus one is also a prime?

Kevin :: Yes. 2. If you can think of any other example, you should alert the media.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Here is a proof that the amount of real numbers is larger than the amount of integers:  diagonal_argument

I know a proof that 2 to the power of the number of integers gives you the number of real numbers, but can not find it on line.