Saturday, August 30, 2014


 A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding has been sold for £828 ($1,375).

The cake, which was still in its original box, was sold online by an American auction house.

The box contains a card from the 1981 wedding, which reads: "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales."

A spokesman from Nate D Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles said the buyer was a private collector.

Sam Heller said there was a dedicated group of royal cake collectors.

Some have bought cakes dating back to the days of Queen Victoria, who married in 1840, he said.
In April, a slice of cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding sold at auction for £420.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.

She ordered an iced coffee at about 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.

The chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

Nguyen says he doesn't believe she understood the concept of paying it forward.

Monday, August 25, 2014

1 (boat)

Mongolia had the largest navy in the world during the 13th century, but then it suddenly vanished. The Soviet Union revived the navy in the 1930s, but only by giving Mongolia one boat. Today, the Mongolian Navy consists of one tugboat that is manned by seven people — only one of them even knows how to swim!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Anne Frank & Martin Luther King Jr. Were both born in 1929.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2,300,000 (two million, three hundred thousand) gallons

The Boston Molasses Disaster occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and for many decades residents claimed that on hot summer days, the area still smelled of molasses.

At about 12:30 in the afternoon near Keany Square, at 529 Commercial Street, a molasses tank 50 ft (15 m) tall, 90 ft (27 m) in diameter and containing as much as 2,300,000 US gal (8,700 m3) collapsed. Witnesses stated that as it collapsed, there was a loud rumbling sound, like a machine gun as the rivets shot out of the tank, and that the ground shook as if a train were passing by.

The collapse unleashed a wave of molasses 25 feet (7.6 m) high at its peak, moving at 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). The molasses wave was of sufficient force to damage the girders of the adjacent Boston Elevated Railway's Atlantic Avenue structure and tip a railroad car momentarily off the tracks. Author Stephen Puleo describes how nearby buildings were swept off their foundations and crushed. Several blocks were flooded to a depth of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm).

Out of all the numbers, I am going to go with 2,300,000 the estimated number of gallons of molasses,

Friday, August 22, 2014


Sheldon Cooper feels that 73 is the best number:

"73 is the 21st prime number. Its mirror 37 is the 12th prime number and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying (hang on to your hats) 7 and 3"
"In binary 73 is a palindrome 1001001 which backwards is 1001001 exactly the same."

OK, 73 is a palindrome in binary (1001001) and 37 isn't (100101).

but they are both palindromes in morse code:  
37 is     . . .  - -    - -  . . .      while 73 is  - - . . .    . . . - -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (Forty three quintillion ...)

The Rubik's Cube is advertized as having billions of possible permutations, but that is only because it was thought that the general public would be unable to comprehend the actual number: 43,252,003,274,489,856,000. If you had a Rubik's Cube for each of its possible permutations and laid them side by side, they would stretch for 261 light years!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


An animal shelter in Texas had an "Empty the Shelter Day" yesterday.  2217 animals were adopted.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

99349 (99950-00601)

The lowest zip code is 00601 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.  The Highest ZIP Code number is 99950 in Ketchican, Alaska.

The difference between these is 99349, which is the zip code for Grant County, Washington.

Friday, August 1, 2014


A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
All divided by seven
Plus three times eleven
Equals nine squared and not a bit more.