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December 15, 2009

I propose a game. Several years ago, I belonged to an online community which sported a thread of numbers. We started from 1. Most of the first several numbers were simply designated as prime, but when things got into double digits, we found assignations for the numbers.

For instance: 23 could just be designated as prime. The next post could have to do with the 24th parallel, or the 24th element, or the 24th Nobel Peace Prize winner, or what 24 cups of flour could be used for (and is divisible by 2,3,6, and 12). 25 (divisible by 5) might talk about what happened in the year 25 C.E., or that there are 25 menus here, or that a 25 cent stamp in Canada looked like this.

26. I looked up "26 shouts" and found this. Then willy-nilly, I looked up 26 celsius and found this, then searching "2/6/09 dog" yields this.

27 is divisible by 3, 7, and 9. There is a movie called "27 Dresses." Romania is the 27th EU nation.

Then on to 28.

Just a notion for the holiday ennui.


GramMa shouts:


"One is the loneliest number" was a song by Harry Nilsson, covered by Three Dog Night, Chainsaw Kittens and Aimee Mann.

A single comment per number doesn't see like enough. Should we do one number per day?

A single comment per number was the rule last time I engaged in this. Blue Horse did 1. Your comment was the second. Mine, the third, should concern the number three. But since I didn't spell this out, there's no reason to hold to it.

Nevertheless: 3 is prime. Here are three-ingredient recipes. Alchemy-3 is someone's pet project.

But Three is a magic number! (Schoolhouse Rock and singer Bob Dorough also covered 5, 7 and 11)

4 is the number of main protagonists in "The Three Musketeers", whose motto is "One for all, all for one". The chief antagonist of the novel is Cardinal Richelieu, who can be seen here impersonating Petula Clark singing "Don't Sleep in the Subway".
On Clark's greatest hit "Downtown", the legendary Jimmy Page, founder of the 4 member band Led Zeppelin, played guitar. Led Zeppelin's 4th album included a song entitled Four Sticks.

4 is divisible by 1 and four. 4chan is - we know what 4chan is. Here's a picture of four ducks. The Master 4 certificate allows the holder to be in command of a commercial vessel less than 35 metres in length in trading operations up to 200 nautical miles offshore.

Wonderful! Oh, I should have previewed.

There are five notes in the pentatonic scale, which humans seem hardwired to enjoy. The most harmonious musical interval is the fifth. Between the fourth and the fifth lies the devil's note, possibly the least harmonious of all intervals. This is all relative, of course, and likely due to the way many musical instruments sound. In the age of synthesizers, it is now possible to design a instrument sound that sounds harmonious at any arbitrary interval. I've been meaning to get around to implementing this in PD for over five years. Someday.

Five is the number of "Horsemen of the Apocalypse" according to Terry Pratchett in Thief of Time. The fifth Horseperson was a milkman called Ronnie Soak who left the others early on because of creative differences.

There are 6 parts to a business letter. We all know the fable of 6 men and an elephant! AMANDA's first six years (a schematic of the AMANDA neutrino detector and the current state of its upgrade/successor, IceCube). Cranberry fruitworm can enter up to 6 berries. Searching 00006 brings up the most serious beehive I've ever seen under arrest, barring Divine's in an early John Waters film (Waters's 6th film was Multiple Maniacs).

7 is prime. Many cultures consider it a strongly significant number, being composed of the sacred three and the perfect four.

There are traditionally seven continents and seven seas. There are also seven classical planets (Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.)

The Big Dipper, alias the Plough or Charles's Wain, is traditionally said to be composed of seven stars (though there is a tiny extra star where the handle bends.) The Pleiades are also known as the Seven Stars or Seven Sisters, though there are more than seven of them.

Seven Sisters is also the name of a place in London where seven trees grew in a circle. Nearer the heart of the city is Seven Dials, the crossroads of seven streets, where stands a pillar bearing six sundials (the seventh, according to tradition, being the pillar itself.)

The start of the chess game from The Seventh Seal.

Pronunciation: \ˈāt\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English eighte, from eighte, adjective, from Old English eahta; akin to Old High German ahto eight, Latin octo, Greek oktō

There are 8 Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who mourn:
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice:
for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart:
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Gotta question?
Ask the Magic 8 Ball

I'm making a three ingredient recipe tonight! Your ducks are cute, goofy.

And the beehive is quite frightening.
Brought to mind the old story: A very stylish teenage girl grew tired of spending hours carefully "ratting" (teasing) and spraying her hair to attain an extreme beehive do. She washed her hair in sugar-water, allowing it to harden in the style she wanted. At night, she carefully wrapped a towel around it and slept on a special half-pillow designed not to disturb the hair.

One morning she failed to come down for breakfast. Her mother went to her room only to find her dead in bed. When the towel was removed from her head, it was discovered that she had been gnawed to death by rats (or bugs — I've heard both versions). </smalll>

That crazy number 9

It all comes down to nine
doot doot do

Thanks for the earworm, islander.

1. The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

2. Symbolism of the number 10

3. Goat number 10!!!!

4. Color number ten

5. Top Ten Conception Myths

6. Ten Tea

7. Base 10

8. The 10 percent myth

9. Top 10 discoveries in science for 2009

10. Neon

Does this make me an overacheiver?

Hey! Get with it people. I can't play this by myself you know.

These go up to 11.

Spinal Tap Amps

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve smelly cunts **(sung to tune of "Five golden rings")**
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!
Eleven buggered ends
Ten turd burglars
Nine ways of wanking
Eight posing pouches
Seven strap-on dildos
Six soapy gussets
Five fucking whores!
One, two, three!
Four urine samples
Three rubber johnnies
Two blow-up dolls
And a vibrator with a battery
A viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-brator with a battereeeeeeeeeeeeee.

- per the Yobs.

On "Get Smart", Agent 13, the CONTROL spy who was always comically undercover (in a mailbox, fire hydrant, or giant tube of toothpaste) was one of its best, yet underused, running jokes. According to IMDb, the original Agent 13, Dave Ketchum, only appeared 13 times. But don't cry for Mr. Ketchum, who had guest roles on dozens of situation comedies from the '60s to the '80s (in "Green Acres", his one-episode character had the awesome name of Harvey Schmidlapp), was one of the stars of the short-lived "Camp Runamuck", did cartoon voices including the hyper Announcer on "Roger Ramjet", and wrote for TV shows ranging from "Scooby Doo" to "Wonder Woman" to "Happy Days" to one episode of "M*A*S*H", the one about the fictitious Captain Tuttle. Ketchum (now retired) was ubiquitous but inconspicuous, even more than Agent 13.

Yeah, I know, 14 is tough. The NFL's Indianapolis Colts are now 14-0 after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars last night. And the New Orleans Saints can match them if they can beat the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow. Both teams have a shot at finishing the regular season undefeated (16-0, and this thread had better be well past #16 in two weeks), and there is a serious possibility of two unbeaten teams meeting in the Super Bowl for the first time ever. In spite of that, Pepsi and FedEx have announced they will NOT be buying commercial time in this year's Super Bowl Advertising Orgy. Hmmm...

Everybody gets their "fifteen minutes of fame."

This is a well-known as a quotation from Andy Warhol. It does derive from Warhol but his actual line was somewhat different - "In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.".

Play the slidy game Fifteen

While your playing, in case of nuclear attack, rub on number fifteen sunscreen (lyrics)

The chemical element with the atomic number 15 is Phosphorus - symbol P. It's dangerous, but not as bad as a nuclear attack or bad music.

Fifteen great examples of car art!

Check it out:

No. 16s on the Hit Parade 1940 – 1949:

1940: Lil Green – Romance In the Dark.

1941: Racing With the Moon — Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra

1942: Glenn Miller & His Orchestra – A String Of Pearls

1943: In The Blue Of Evening – Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

1944: It Had to Be You — Helen Forrest And Dick Haymes

1945: Till the end of time – Perry Como

1946: Dinah Shore – Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)

1947: Across the Alley from the Alamo — The Mills Brothers

1948: Serenade of the Bells — Sammy Kaye And Swing And Sway Orchestra And Don Cornell & the Kaydets And Choir

1949: That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) by Frankie Laine

17 is prime.

Scientific objectives of the Apollo 17 mission included geological surveying and sampling of materials and surface features in a preselected area of the Taurus-Littrow region.

17 reasons why! was a beloved Bay Area sign.


Wadda ya know?

Not much. You?

Before we go on to 19, I'm Eighteen With a Bullet, a song that peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 a week after it was #18 (with a bullet) proving forever to me that Billboard does manipulate its charts for giggles.

Now, 19 (which was also the title of a hit song)...

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
(Yeah, good luck with that)

And in December 1945, "Flight 19", a training mission of five US Navy planes, was lost in the Bermuda Triangle.

19 is not a very fun number.

Twenty inches of snowfall for some of us.

The 20|21 International Art Fair will take place at the Royal College of Art, in Kensington Gore, London, from 18 - 21 February 2010. On offer will be art by both 20th and 21st century artists : Matisse, Miro, Picasso and Chagall plus British 20th century favourites such as Henry Moore, David Hockney, Mary Fedden et al.

22 is a Schröder Number, as well as the atomic number for titanium...
...which has a relative atomic mass 47.90. The ninth most abundant element in the Earth's crust, its compounds occur in practically all igneous rocks and their sedimentary deposits. It is very strong and resistant to corrosion, so it is used in building high-speed aircraft and spacecraft; it is also widely used in making alloys, as it unites with almost every metal except copper and aluminium. Titanium oxide is used in high-grade white pigments.

Madonna is this year's Number 22 in the Top 100 Women of 2009

From woo-woo-ville:"i keep seeing the number 22 ...anyone else?"

And finally, the formative novel that made me the evolved cynic I am today: Catch 22!

GramMa was going to do a little cross-stitch for you, but decided to knit you this, instead.

That's quite the storm, Dan. Are you alright? Have heat? Good (warm) MonkeyThoughts your way.

23 Skidoo!

23andMe will test your DNA (and probably put it where you can Google it) Why 23? Did you forget your High School biology or did they stop teaching that stuff? (no link, look it up yourself)

Folks who live in D.C. ♥ the 23rd Amendment.

And folks who don't live in the Valley of the Shadow of Death ♥ the 23rd Psalm .

In the sadly-underwhelming recent "Get Smart" movie, Agent 23 was played by Dwayne "Don't call me The Rock anymore unless I'm in the kitchen cooking, because I still like that catchphrase" Johnson.

And there's a weird band I like named "The 23rd Century" (sci-fi lyrics with sloppy psychedelic music and free mp3s, what's not to like?)

Oh. And 23 is a prime number.


24 hours in a day

24 carat = pure gold
free 3D gold atom screensaver

Christmas Music 24/7!!

Famous people born (or said to be born) on Dec. 25: Shane MacGowan, Annie Lennox, Sissy Spacek, Rod Serling,Cab Calloway,Humphrey Bogart, Miss Clara Barton ,and Isaac Newton (the last goes to a Quicktime file).

December 26th is, in much of the non-USian English speaking world, Boxing Day.
Nowadays, it's mainly about extending the annual orgy of Christmas spending.

On the 26th St. Stephen's Day (upon whose feast Good King Wenceslas looked out) is also celebrated in some countries (while the toffs and toff wannabes (who should be dragged to a bloody death behind their horses) go fox hunting).

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities at the Beinecke Library has some curiously neat stuff.

27 is Evil!

The number n is evil if it has an even number of 1's in its binary expansion.
Guess what odious numbers are.

Rock/blues musicians who died at age 27: Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Pete Ham, Richey Edwards, and Kurt Cobain. The musicians who died at this age are often referred to as the 27 Club.

While the most obvious media connection to 28 is the 28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later movies (so what about 28 Months Later?), few people recall that the title 'character' in "My Mother the Car" was a "1928 Porter". Or that the creators of what was considered 'the worst sitcom in TV history' were also Creators-Producers-and/or-Writers for Crusader Rabbit, 77 Sunset Strip, Bullwinkle, The Munsters, He & She, Get Smart, Mary Tyler Moore (and her spin-offs, Rhoda & Lou Grant) and Barney Miller (so not all their ideas were that bad).

I'd just like to say hats off to goofyfoot! Great suggestion, fine thread.

29 monkeys in 38 seconds.
Perhaps the odd ape.

AHHHHHH! fishtick! I LOLed!!

Those monkeys are going to give monkeydom a bad name! But who cares, they're funny.

30 dumb inventions

30 Great Westerns

Jaws in 30 seconds--reenacted by bunnies!

Zinc has the atomic number 30.

Things a man should never do after the age of 30

Baskin-Robbins' Orignal 31 Flavors

'Nuff said.

Wait-a-minute... Speaking of Someone-Robbins, the hot rumor is that Susan Sarandon left Tim Robbins for a 31-year-old filmmaker/entrepreneur/ping-pong-clubber. I feel dirty...

A total of *32 monkeys* have flown into space (US, Russia, France, and Argentina) between 1948 and 1996. But none went to the moon, only into orbit around the Earth.

32 songs (sung so-so) in 8 minutes games! Time wasters WHOOT!

Trunk monkey #32

Club 33 is a very private restaurant inside Disneyland (members only with a 14-year waiting list), overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (inside the New Orleans-esque cafe above where you go down the water plume; when I was a kid I saw real people sitting at patio tables and thought 'I wanna go there').

Its most famous/infamous media appearance was in a scene in Rupert Holmes' novel "Where the Truth Lies" leading to an awkward menage a trois in the Disneyland Hotel with an intrepid girl reporter, the celebrity she was trying to get a story from and park employee Alice (from Wonderland). Good book. A wry, cynical, sexy, colorful and twisty mystery (no, I haven't seen the movie; it can't be as good).

Rule 34

Bromine, atomic number 35

Messier 35

scroll down for 35 new 2010 wallpapers

35 is the sum of the first five triangular numbers, making it a tetrahedral number. Visualization...

ooooooo, shiny

36 Views of Mount Fuji by Ando Hiroshige and 36 Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai

Why bother to collect references to the number 37 when this guy already has?

But 37 is the First Irregular Prime Number.

Richard Nixon was the 37th President and he started his resignation speech with "This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office..."

It was Paul Newman's prisoner # in "Cool Hand Luke" (and a biblical reference).

It was an important number in Kevin Smith's "Clerks" (nsfw audio!).

And of course, in The Price Is Right's 'Range Game', Bob Barker admonished contestants "Once it's stopped, it can't be reset for 37 hours." (He settled into the number after a few years of varying from '34 hours' to 'two-and-a-half days'. Drew Carey tried to continue the tradition, but said "days" by mistake and was so embarrassed never attempted the phrase again.)

"For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens... Not one person telephoned the police during the assault; one witness called after the woman was dead."

Jack Benny.

Grandpa and Grandma were sitting a the table. Grandma gets up suddenly,
rolls up his newspaper and proceeds to wack Grandpa upside the head. He
says, "What was that for?"

Grandma says, "That's for 40 years of bad sex."

Grandpa sits there muttering, rolls up his newspaper, and goes over and
wacks Grandma upside the head.

She says, "Now what's that for?"

He says, "That's for knowing the difference."

The Chemical Element Zirconium has an atomic number of 40.

Heeh! Jack Benny. I'd forgotten his 39 schtick.

Cheerful, waxboy. Brightened things right up. However, you did contribute, and that's what's important.

41 is a rather uninteresting number. But math geeks will appreciate that it is a prime number that is the sum of the first six prime numbers (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13), the sum of three consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17) AND the sum of two squares, 16 (4x4) + 25 (5x5).

Jack Benny celebrated his 39th birthday 41 times before his death at the (real) age of 80.

And 41 is one less than the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (HA! I know nobody wanted to do 41 so they could claim 42... well, I spoiled it for you! Neener neener neener! [wanders off mumbling incoherently])

Damn you wendell! Damn you 42 times!

*throws in the towel*

No, never mind, I'll soldier on.

*throws shoulders back; back out*


125 pilot whales die on NZ beaches, 43 saved
Yeah for the lucky number 43!!

Make your New Year's resolution public NOW at 43things dot com

Technetium has the atomic number 43. It's radioactive. Nearly all technetium is produced synthetically and only minute amounts are found in nature.

Photograph 43 things with the number 43 on them

43 weird things said in job interviews

Throwing in the towel was a pun. Get it? GET IT??

DON'T PANIC, BlueHorse! (You could've done something else with 42... if there were anything else...)

Dirty Harry's gun was a .44 Magnum
Do ya feel lucky, punk?





Formula 44

Not far from home:

Oamaru, New Zealand sits at 45 degrees south of the equator. It should be equidistant from the equator and the south pole, but the road sign would indicate otherwise.

Check out some old 45 records on Youtube!

"The 46° halo is rare and huge."

And quite bright.

47 is prime, And there's at least forty-seven facts at that link, which I've loved for more than seven, but less than forty, years.

The lower 48

...and just above the lower 48 is The 49th Parallel (giving the title to an Early WWII British movie about a Nazi U-boat crew trying to escape Canada for the - then neutral - United States; yeah, good luck with that...)

And then there are the San Francisco 49ers, who need to beat the luckless and almost winless St. Louis Rams to finish the season at .500 (as a former fan of the Rams when they played in L.A., let me say GO 49ERS!)

Tin, a metallic element, symbol Sn, has the atomic number 50.
Its chemical symbol comes from the Latin stannum. Tin exhibits allotropy, having three forms: the familiar lustrous metallic form, a brittle form, and a grey powder (commonly called tin pest or tin disease.) Tin and copper smelted together form the oldest desired alloy, bronze. Tin is also alloyed with metals other than copper to make solder and pewter.

The 50 best websites for 2009 Hooray!!!

The moon is 50 times smaller than the Earth, and there are 50 letters in the sacred Sanskrit alphabet.

Waxboy, on Sunday night, we had a halo around the moon--pretty spectacular. But on Monday night, before the storm, we had a magnificent lunar corona! scroll down I'd never seen one that colorful before. Now I'm waiting for pillars atop the Blue Moon this New Years, or the end of the world, as it may be.

Area 51 has a lot of secrets, not among them its name.

But "51 Secrets of Motherhood" (paperback) was given terrible reviews on Amazon.

And speaking of mothers: "51 Mothers Square" is an address in Hackney, London.

And just 2.9 miles (or 5100 yards) away is Shoreditch High Street

(That's a "High Street" not a "Highway" like Bob Dylan's song, "Highway 51 Blues").

On Shoreditch High Street planning permission has just been given for a controversial 51 storey sky scraper.

And speaking of "scrapers" Amazon sells a 51 inch ice scraper.

That would be useful when there is a blizzard in Washington D.C., which is sometimes called "the 51st state".

You mentioned D.C? Well, a D.C. electrical current of 0.51 amps is used by this light bulb. It's incandescent, but not xenon.

And will sell you a nice R-C model of a P-51 Mustang fighter.

You know where they test secret fighter planes...? Yep... Area 51.

There are 52 weeks in a year (plus a bit)

In the year 52 Pliny the Elder writes his account of the German Wars

There are 52 cards in a standard deck (not including the joker)

There are 52 white piano keys

The 52nd parallel passes through the Falkland Islands, and is also part of the border between Argentina and Chile.

53 ways to sexiness?

Oops. 53 was prime... Then there's Car 54, Where Are You?. Munstrous!

55 MPH. Not just a maybe-kinda-not-sure good idea, it was the law in 1974. Like most questionable laws, it had a protest song (with a Spongebob video!)

Going backwards, Google Video has entire episodes of Car 54, Where Are You?, which was set at New York City's fictitious 53rd Police Precinct.

The 56 Aubrey Holes are part of Stonehenge. They are 56 holes arranged in a circle, but their purpose is unknown.

Can YOU see the number 56?

56 facts about blood

The answer to number 56 in the Impossible Quiz game is Blue, Red, Blue, Yellow.

Thinks Twice: WELL DONE!!!
*hands out over-achievement badge*

Wayback Machine: 55 ways to have fun with Google. Or not. (pdf)

57 varieties.

In the Hope/Crosby movie "The Road to Utopia", there is a gag where they are knocked off their dogsled in the Yukon/Alaska/frozen-middle-of-nowhere by an obstacle that turns out to be a sign saying "North of 57" with an illustration of a pickle like in the Heinz logo. Hope: "What a pickle (we're in)!" Crosby: "What a plug (it is)!" It was one of the earliest examples of Product Placement in a Movie I ever saw (which I hope is why it's the only gag in that movie I remember), but sadly, has never been uploaded to YouTube; a major oversight, Internet.

FIFTY-EIGHT words-we-want-to-know

On Prime Time tonight...

59 is not only an irregular prime, it is also a safe prime, a supersingular prime, an Einstein prime and a Pillai prime.


Random facts about the number 59

Everything I love is from '59

The '59 lyrics

What did Setzer play?

A '59 Gretsch, of course!

59 Times the Pain

Feelin' Groovy

you lazy buggers were just waiting for me to post '59' so you could jump all over '60'

Except for busy, busy mothninja, of course, who stole my 59 thunder

Please carry on with 60

*slinks off feeling silly*

There are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 hours in a... errr... a two and a half days.

Ian Dury mentioned exactly 60 reasons in his song "Reasons to be cheerful, Part Three" (YouTube).

To get this count to work "Cheddar cheese and pickle" are one item, but "Harpo, Groucho, Chico" are three.

Lyrics and a listen: Bob Dylan Highway 61!

The international calling code for Brasilia is 61


International calling code 61 is for Australia!

Original post by The Society for the Propagation of Misinformation

62 West Wallaby Street

If you multiply the number of bears that Goldilocks met by the number of little pigs that the big bad wolf knew by the number of dwarves that Snow White co-habited with you will get 63.

Whoa, TT. Higher math, indeed!

64 bit!!

Commodore 64


Messier 64 AKA Sleeping Beauty or the Black Eye Galaxy

64 things every geek should know

Man, I love teh intarwebs.

65 is the international dialling code for Singapore (*waves to Neddy*)

Absinthe Soixante Cinq

Fair is proud Seville; let her country boast
Her strength, her wealth, her site of ancient days,
But Cadiz, rising on the distant coast,
Calls forth a sweeter, though ignoble praise.
Ah, Vice! how soft are thy voluptuous ways!
While boyish blood is mantling, who can ’scape
The fascination of thy magic gaze?
A cherub-hydra round us dost thou gape,
And mould to every taste thy dear delusive shape.

-- Canto LXV from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron

The other Route 66
Google Map

67 is a prime number.

As of Jan. 19, 2010, this post had 67 comments.

Wow. Working backwards from BlueHorse's link, I realize that the Late Great Wendell had made the original shout-out to MoFi in the MeFi thread where Mayor Curley dissed the MonkeyHaus. If anyone's wondering why I haven't posted here since the 1st of the Year, this was the last place I was using the nick 'wendell' (a long story; let's just say I don't want to be Wendell anymore) and I signed up a replacement account using the nick 'oneswellfoop' (which I'd previously changed at MeFi and elsewhere) but tracicle has never activated, apparently because of a 'no sockpuppets' rule and I didn't know how to contact her and explain that I wasn't going to use 'wendell' anymore so I have to use 'wendell' one more time to partially explain it publicly and... aw fuckit, I give up.

68 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for developing black-and-white film, and the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide in AD68. Otherwise, 68 is a very boring number, but I'm sure everyone will have fun with 69. B'bye.

Heh, I don't have a "no sockpuppets" rule or half of the accounts on MoFi would be deleted. :)

I've been on at #2 about setting something up to stop spam accounts being created, but at present probably 95% of all new accounts are spam, to the point that I flick briefly through all notifications deciding whether accounts look like spam or not. I miss heaps this way. Naughty. I'll activate that oneswellfoop account for you.

Also: 69, dudes!

That 70's Show: Red's funniest moments

The Chemical Element Ytterbium has an atomic number of 70.

And it's fun to say. Say it with me:

70's slang

MonkeyFilter: I just don't want to be Wendell anymore

Well, Wendell Mr. Foop, that's a whole lot of information and history I didn't need to know, but we welcome you in your sockpuppet new persona as oneswellfoop.

Okay, then, 71 is the 20th Prime Number.

The IRS expects to answer only 71% of phone calls this tax season.

A recent poll shows that 71 percent of Americans do not want Sarah Palin to run for president. (finally, a little good news)

And then there's Washington State's Referendum 71.

(sorry if I'm a little U.S.-centric here)

And I feel like a new monkey!
Even though, growing up in the early '70s, my father was frighteningly like Red Foreman in 'That 70s Show', bald, veteran, grouchy, even the nickname Red, but he didn't make ass-related threats and lacked a laugh track. Fortunately, he failed to notice the resemblance when we recently watched sitcoms together, but he's more like Jerry Stiller as the dad in 'King of Queens' now. And by the way, 'That '70s Show' officially covered the years from '76 to '79, which made stretching it out over 8 seasons with a rapidly-aging cast of 'teenagers' rather silly.

And for 69? Couldn't mention that 1969 was the year of Woodstock and the First Man on the Moon? DUDE!

Yeah, I'm gonna be even worse than wendell.

Uncle Cecil on the 72 virgins myth. There's a Rule of 72. Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai, working in a boring idiom, has a fashion line called Seventy Two Changes. For some reason a random search involving the number brings up all these fabulously retro, brightly colored drawings of women with buns. And talking about buns, the APW Wyott BW-31 Hot Dog Bun Warmer 120V can hold up to 72 hot dog buns.

Here are the 72 Resolutions. The resolutions were the basis of the 1867 "British North America Act" that created Canada.

72 is divisible by 2,3,4,6,8,9,18,24, and 36. And here's some Bulgarian pop from 1972, by a guy with an Italian name who wants to be Charles Aznavour. Speaking of Aznavour , here he is, himself, in 1972, the year of sideburns.

[It has nothing to do with the number at hand, but I have to post my favorite Aznavour performance, "Emmenez-moi." But wait - here he is again in 1972, with Les plaisirs démodés.]

In 'Ham-Speak' (Ham Radio lingo, not talking pigs, sorry Porky), "73" originaly meant "My love to you" but has evolved into the less-romantic "my compliments to you".

Robert Redford is 73 and, according to the infamous Daily Mail, not showing his age... enough.

"CVN 73" is a Japanese Manga (comic book) about the adventures of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jack Ohara, a fictitious Japanese-American Sailor stationed on board the USS George Washington (ship designation: CVN 73).

73 converted to base 8 is 111.

The Discordian Calendar has 5 seasons of 73 days each, because that's a rather Discordian way to do a calendar.

PT-73 was the boat featured in "McHale's Navy". Which is an excuse to link to Tim Conway.

And when "The Match Game" returned to TV in 1973, it was retitled "Match Game '73". Which is an excuse to link to Charles Nelson Reilly.

The number 74 is haunting me.

75% of Oklahoma high schoolers can't name the first president
75% favor auditing the Federal Reserve
75% less... is what you can live on
75% of people in Britain oppose mega trucks
75% said gay people should be allowed to serve in the military
75% of today's youth are unfit for military service
75% of people with H.I.V. in some parts of Africa also have TB.
75% of people bought the wrong digital camera.

76 trombones!

Now get that tune out of yer head...

My mother was a librarian named Marian and music from "The Music Man" was not welcome in our home...

But if you want classic earwormery, there's the TV classic "77 Sunset Strip" and it's pre-Fonz cool cat Kookie. Non-musically, here's a bit of semi-decipherable dialogue from the show.

78 RPM
Check it out: From Brunswick to Decca; The 78-to-CD process; Pictures of labels!

Atomic number 78 Platinum, heavy, soft, silver-white, malleable and ductile, it is the most valued of precious metals. In the US, only Alaska can lay claim to being a commercial producer of platinum.
Platinum is overtaking gold as the metal of choice on automobiles
Gee, I'd just like to be able to replace my borked fiberglass bumper.

78 Violet For the boy-zone.
lyrics in sidebar
"We're on a diet of manufactured fruit loops and bubblegum"

The Starforming Nebula Messier 78

That is all.

"Star 80" was a Bob Fosse film.

Me and my friends in school ca 1980 loved "All that jazz," because it was obvious that Fosse loved his daughter, and his daughter was fine with his girlfriend. That reflected our lives much more than the the new Moral Majority. Who were really frightening then.

But I'm jumping ahead. Factors of 80 include 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16, 20, and 40

81 could only mean HELLS ANGELS

*sound of Harley rev in background*


Don't tell 'em but there are other facts about 81.

3 ways to write 81:
8.1 x 10^1
nine squared

Of the 117 scales of Chinese Dragons 81 are yang and benevolent. The rest are yin, and don't piss them off--they're the original 81 club.

Sudoku is played on a 9x9 grid, which is divided into nine 3x3 boxes. The object is to fill it so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains each of 9 digits from 1-9 once. So...81 miserable little ways I can make a mistake!

82 is the number of games in an NBA season (also NHL, but it used to be 78, the copycats). And it's SPOILER the answer to the puzzle at the end of Vonnegut's "Hocus Pocus", being both his number of kills as a soldier and scores as a lover. (Yes, the one 'voter' at Yahoo Answers got it wrong)

Messier 83, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy in the constellation Hydra. It is one of the closest and brightest and is visible with binoculars.

Number 83 on the Top 100 List for 1983 Take Me to Heart, by Quarterflash

In January, 83% of Speech Watchers Approve of Obama's State of the Union Proposals

Painting #83

84 Charing Cross Road

(third link yootoob)

86 & 87 here

88 is used as shorthand for 'hugs and kisses' when signing a message in ham radio

88 very cool, mostly useless, facts about the number 88

radium: atomic number 88

89 is the next to last two digit prime. It is interesting in that its component digits are not only non-primes, but a perfect cube and a perfect square. It is the only two digit prime with this property (excluding those with a 1 in them).

89 = 9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9

The i-90 is the longest highway in the United States, connecting Seattle, Washington on the west coast with Boston, Massachusetts on the east.

On the other side of the pond, the E90 runs from Lisbon, Portugal through five countries and four sea-crossings to Silopi, on the Turkish border with Iraq.

Sonnet 91

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest:
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And having thee, of all men's pride I boast:
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away and me most wretched make.


People who recently died at 92: Dom DiMaggio (brother to Joltin' Joe); Louis Auchincloss, author (and oh-so-close to all kinds of Eastern Americans of the upper-class sort); Walter Cronkite, newsman and supposed conscience of the U.S. nation; Irving Penn, whose photographs (or photographic sensibility) we all know whether we like it or not; Evelyn Haas, who in San Francisco had a big name (she's from Levi Strauss, which started their jeans company there); Millard Kaufman, who among other creative endeavors begat Mr. Magoo; and the former head of the Irish church, Cardinal Daly.

Imagine what they've seen in their days.

"93!" is a common greeting amongst adherents of Thelema, the philosophy/religion founded by Aleister Crowley. The number 93 has been adopted as a short-hand for the central creeds of the philosophy - "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will" - calculated through the Greek principles of Isopsephy, which assigns numerical values to letters.

94 is the atomic number of plutonium

Mind-blowing infrared/ultraviolet composite of Messier 94, a spiral galaxy

1994: The OJ murders take place, Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilt, and Jeff Gilooly testifies against Tanya Harding in exchange for plea bargaining. The Whitewater scandal investigation begins, and Marmaduke Wetherell's photo of the Loch Ness monster is determined a hoax. Members of the Solar Temple commit suicide, and The Blair Witch Project is produced.

Maybe the only sane thing to come out of 1994 is the discovery of the Wollemi Pine

Windows 95 (which one can still download) was my first professional trip out of DOS. I was working in San Francisco for an epidemiologist whose purpose was to track AIDS among street-based injection drug users. Our project was acquired by a university around late '92 and there was a period of adjustment before we got assimilated. Suddenly, we had computers. For a while, I was working with a DOS-based database. Suddenly (again) we got Windows '95!

We all went kind of nuts with that fat university money and those big 346 computers (do I have that number right?). Some of us loved those new fonts; some of us designed screensavers; some of us made use of the Paradox database to further the work; some of us (only the PhDs) got e-mail; some of us went on AOL. A year or so later, some of us, when we weren't playing DOOM, checked out Yahoo, which advertised in the free weekly papers in SF then. "Do you Yahoo?"

That was an interesting year.

edit: Our purpose was to track HIV - not AIDS.

In 1996, "Deep Blue" defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov for the first time, Bill Clinton was reelected President of the US for a second term, Braveheart (somewhat inexplicably) won Best Picture at the Oscars, and Göran Kropp completed his unsupported ascent of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen, after having bicycled the 8000 miles there from Sweden. He then cycled all the way home again.

In 1896, La Boheme premiered in Turin, Salome premiered in Paris, the Anglo-Zanzibar war, the shortest in history, began at 9am on August 27th and concluded 45 minutes later, and the first speeding fine was handed out to a man in Kent, England, for going 8mph in a 2mph zone.

In 1796, the first smallpox vaccine was administered by Edward Jenner, Catherine the Great of Russia died, and Napoleon married Josephine.

In 1696, Freedom of the Press is granted by the British Government, Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, master theatre craftsman, was born, and Irish poet and historian Daibhidh O Duibhghennain died.

In 1596, Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovered Spitzbergen, the Black Death ravaged Europe, and the first water closed was installed in a manor house near Kelston, England.

In 1496, Gustav I of Sweden, known as Gustav Vasa and the "father of the nation" was born, Santo Domingo was discovered, and Leonardo da Vinci tested his first flying machine (unsuccessfully).

In 1396, the Battle of the North Inch in Perth, Scotland, a staged mass trial-by-combat between thirty champions from either side, was won by the Clan Chattan over the Clan Cameron, the last man standing of whom threw himself in the river Tay and swam to safety when he realised his was a lost cause.

In 1296, Pope Celestine V, renowned ascetic and hermit, died in the captivity of his successor Boniface VIII, most probably murdered. Celestine had issued a decree making it possible to renounce the papacy -- which he availed himself of after five months of rule, citing "the desire for humility, for a purer life, for a stainless conscience, the deficiencies of his own physical strength, his ignorance, the perverseness of the people, his longing for the tranquility of his former life".

In 1196, the Water Boards were created in what is now the Netherlands, making them one of the oldest democratic entities still in existence.

In 1096, King Stephen of England was born, the University of Salerno was founded, and the first documented teaching at the University of Oxford took place.

In 996, Li Fang, scholar and encyclopedist died, and the Niujie Mosque (Cow Street Mosque), the oldest in China, was constructed in Beijing.

In 896, ... um. Nothing of particular historical interest happened in 896. Moving on.

In 796, Coenwulf became King of Mercia, and Mālik ibn Anas ibn Malik ibn 'Āmr al-Asbahi, also known as Imam Malik, regarded as one of the great Sunni scholars, died.

In 696 ... we have even less of an idea what happened than in 896.

In 596, the mutli-sided Battle of Raith was fought in Scotland, and the BC-AD system of designating years was introduced to England by St. Augustine.

In 496, Pope Gelasius I introduced the St. Valentine's Day holiday ... which is today!!


In 1996, "Deep Blue" defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov for the first time, Bill Clinton was reelected President of the US for a second term, Braveheart (somewhat inexplicably) won Best Picture at the Oscars, and Göran Kropp completed his unsupported ascent of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen, after having bicycled the 8000 miles there from Sweden. He then cycled all the way home again.

In 1896, La Boheme premiered in Turin, Salome premiered in Paris, the Anglo-Zanzibar war, the shortest in history, began at 9am on August 27th and concluded 45 minutes later, and the first speeding fine was handed out to a man in Kent, England, for going 8mph in a 2mph zone.

In 1796, the first smallpox vaccine was administered by Edward Jenner, Catherine the Great of Russia died, and Napoleon married Josephine.

In 1696, Freedom of the Press is granted by the British Government, Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, master theatre craftsman, was born, and Irish poet and historian Daibhidh O Duibhghennain died.

In 1596, Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovered Spitzbergen, the Black Death ravaged Europe, and the first water closed was installed in a manor house near Kelston, England.

In 1496, Gustav I of Sweden, known as Gustav Vasa and the "father of the nation" was born, Santo Domingo was discovered, and Leonardo da Vinci tested his first flying machine (unsuccessfully).

In 1396, the Battle of the North Inch in Perth, Scotland, a staged mass trial-by-combat between thirty champions from either side, was won by the Clan Chattan over the Clan Cameron, the last man standing of whom threw himself in the river Tay and swam to safety when he realised his was a lost cause.

In 1296, Pope Celestine V, renowned ascetic and hermit, died in the captivity of his successor Boniface VIII, most probably murdered. Celestine had issued a decree making it possible to renounce the papacy -- which he availed himself of after five months of rule, citing "the desire for humility, for a purer life, for a stainless conscience, the deficiencies of his own physical strength, his ignorance, the perverseness of the people, his longing for the tranquility of his former life".

In 1196, the Water Boards were created in what is now the Netherlands, making them one of the oldest democratic entities still in existence.

In 1096, King Stephen of England was born, the University of Salerno was founded, and the first documented teaching at the University of Oxford took place.

In 996, Li Fang, scholar and encyclopedist died, and the Niujie Mosque (Cow Street Mosque), the oldest in China, was constructed in Beijing.

In 896, ... um. Nothing of particular historical interest happened in 896. Moving on.

In 796, Coenwulf became King of Mercia, and Mālik ibn Anas ibn Malik ibn 'Āmr al-Asbahi, also known as Imam Malik, regarded as one of the great Sunni scholars, died.

In 696 ... we have even less of an idea what happened than in 896.

In 596, the mutli-sided Battle of Raith was fought in Scotland, and the BC-AD system of designating years was introduced to England by St. Augustine.

In 496, Pope Gelasius I introduced the St. Valentine's Day holiday ... which is today!!


Owl Nebula (also known as Messier Object 97

Wreck of the Old 97"

97 coloring pages

That is all.

*gleefully rubs hands in anticipation of 100

98 U.S. = 71.9952983 Euros

98 Euros = 133.3976 U.S.

98 New Zealand = 68.6784 U.S.

98.00 Australian = 8,054.40 Japanese

98.00 Egyptian = 13.1183 Euro

99 bottles of beer on the wall: one program in 1317 variations.

"This Website holds a collection of the Song 99 Bottles of Beer programmed in different programming languages. Actually the song is represented in 1317 different programming languages and variations."

10 squared

100 years in a century

Messier 100 (also known as NGC 4321) is a spectacular spiral galaxy.

100 Monkeys The band

Bananas provide about 100 calories for each 100 grams.

100th monkey effect

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

100 is the smallest square which is also the sum of consecutive cubes.

How to say I love you in 100 languages

Fermium: atomic number 100 - a radioactive transuranic metallic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons

100 abandoned houses

Top 100 downloaded Gutenberg

Living to 100 life expectancy calculator

100 tiles in a standard Scrabble set

100 ways to order a pizza

100 ways to kill a peep

100 things to do before you die

100 ways to save water

Rolling Stones 100 Years

100 degrees Celsius is the boiling temperature of pure water at sea level

100 of the (supposedly) funniest jokes of all time

kisses to goofyfoot!!


Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.

"You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already.
Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world."

Actually, sometimes the worst thing in the world is when the toilet overflows. Then you need Toiletology 101

If the door's firmly closed, and you can't get in, you might need Lockpicking 101 to do the job.

After that, Composting 101 might help.

When you get things taken care of and can relax, here's a little light reading, 101 zen stories, to read on the pot.

one oh one
a hundred and one
one zero one
one hundred and one...

Whatever you say, it's 101 or CI in Roman Numerals.

Don't give me your 101 excuses why you can't post the next number, just do it!!

102: The atomic number of nobelium

The Empire State Building in New York City has 102 floors

The Judds One Hundred and Two

Are we having fun playing, BlueHorse?

You betcha, AzureEquine

Psalm 103 "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities" and xkcd 103 "It's Science!"

Coincidence? I think not...

According to a recent NYTImes article, actor Christopher Walken's mother is alive and living in Queens at the age of 104.

Marion Pringle was administered the oath of U.S. citizenship at the age of 104.

A famed strongman, Joe Rollino, who once lifted 3,200 pounds at Coney Island during its heyday and was still bending quarters with his fingers at age 104, died Monday after he was hit by a minivan.

Phyllis Whitney, who twice won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for her juvenile mystery fiction, lived to 104.

Marie Rosalie lived to 104.

[My beloved grandmother, June, was born just after the San Francisco fire, in Berkeley, California, 1906. She paid her last civic duty at the age of 102 in 2008 by voting for Obama. She died January 29, 2009, in Oakland, CA.]


I think I killed the game...

107 is prime <:(!)

A baseball has 108 stitches.
(hey, I got it off Wikipedia, it must be true!)

Nice monkey, Dan!

109 is prime.

110 means something to those who read Tolkien, but I'm not sure what it is.

It's also ELEVENTY!! as in 1!1! or something. Again, I'm not sure, here.

But to celebrate it all, here's where to get 110 balloons filled!


ORLANDO, Florida, June 30, 1999 -- Nayan Hajratwala, a participant in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), has discovered the first known 2 million-digit prime number. . .

The prime number, 26,972,593-1, contains 2,098,960 digits.

The new prime number, discovered on June 1st, is one of a special class of prime numbers called Mersenne primes. This is only the 38th known Mersenne prime. Nayan used a 350 MHz Pentium II IBM Aptiva computer running part-time for 111 days to prove the number prime. Running uninterrupted it would take about three weeks to test the primality of this number.

Via, and via.

112 is the atomic number of the Element Formerly Known as Ununbium. (now copernicium)

112 is the European emergency phone number with teh bestist logo:

Woot!1! Goofy's right, primes is tasty.

Win big bucks in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search.

Join the rest of the GIMPS today.

113 is lots of different kinds of prime!

The CT 114 Tutor is flown by the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Demonstration Squadron.
Here's a video of them in action.
Not to be confused with this Snowbird.

How to Grow the Tomato and 115 Ways to Prepare It For the Table, by George W Carver (Second Edition, August 1936)

Love's not Time's fool says Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

On the other hand, UFC 116 is an Ultimate Fighting Championship event being held July 3rd in Las Vegas that will feature the return of Brock Lesnar, whoever he is.

And, according to the New York Times One Person in Every 116 Acres in Issaquena County, Mississippi was NOT counted by the 2000 Census. How they know that, the NYT doesn't tell us.

That one person must be the Times' fool...

The Brady Bunch ran for 117 episodes!


Not that I ever watched it....

118-118 British Directory Assistance commercials...


Also know as twelvety in Tolkienese.

One year in 120 seconds

One twenty is the sum of a twin prime (59 + 61) as well as the sum of four consecutive primes (23 + 29 + 31 + 37).

Books on epistemology can be found filed under section 121 at your local library.

London bus route 122 goes from Plumstead to Crystal Palace.

where did my linky go?? Route 122

For Monkeys of a certain age...

Billy Wilder's One Two Three
Len Barry's 1-2-3
Lotus 123

one hundred and twenty-three!

Unbitrium (Ubt) is an unsynthesized chemical element with atomic number 123.


Beaten by the islander


The Antonov An-124

124 is the atomic number of the yet-to-be-discovered element unbiquadium.

Sonnet 124 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It's a member of the Fair Youth sequence, in which the poet expresses his love towards a young man.

The TV series Underdog ran on NBC from 1964 to 1973 for 124 episodes

The cry goes up both far and near for...
Underdog! (Underdog!)

Thank you, BlueHorse, for bringing back memories of Polly Purebread, Simon Barsinister, The Flying Sorcerers, The Witch of Picayoon, Overcat (yes, they went there) and the Proton Energy Pill (as much as the editing of the show since the beginning of the War on Drugs tries to make us forget). Of course, each 'episode' was only 4-and-a-half minutes long and one-part of a four-part adventure (with cliffhangers), shown two per half-hour episode, with other cartoons (most often the Go Go Gophers) filling the rest of the time. Its producers, Total Television, spun off from General Mills' ad agency to make Saturday Morning cartoons for the cereal makers to sponsor, created a motley mix of toons, from Tennessee Tuxedo to The Beagles.

But enough of my childhood... on to 125, also known as 5 X 5 X 5...

Chapter 125 is the section of Nevada State Law managing Divorce (because what happens in Vegas, including marriages, should stay in Vegas)

Article 125 of the Universal Code of Military Justice defines Sodomy as a court-martialable offense.

iodine-125 is a radioactive isotope of iodine used medically to diagnose and treat hyperthyroidism.

The Inter-City 125 is a relatively-high-speed train used in the UK that is designed to reach a speed of (guess what) 125 miles per hour.

CA 125 is a blood test used in diagnosing ovarian cancer.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was his Opus 125, and there were 125 episodes made of both "Cagney and Lacey" and "Reba", upstaging Underdog by one.

Swellfoop, you must be a geezer!

Ah, those good ol' cartoons.

You don't know how old I am, GranMa? I had the pop cultural good fortune to be born three days before the debut of BOTH Captain Kangaroo and The Mickey Mouse Club, which put me in the prime demographic for when Ruff & Reddy, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Top Cat, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Gumby, The Alvin Show, Beany & Cecil, King Leonardo, Tennessee Tuxedo, Astro Boy, Gigantor, Tom Terrific, Deputy Dawg, Hector Heathcote, Mr. Magoo, Dick Tracy, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, The Mighty Hercules, Colonel Bleep and the infamous Clutch Cargo all first hit the TV scene before my 8th birthday.

And one other cultural landmark occurred just a few hours after I was born.

Now, who's doing 126?

126 photographs for wasting your time!

There are 127 species in the Cuckoo family, including the Road Runner.

*meep meep*

For those of you who felt the Commodore 64 was not enough, I give you THE COMMODORE 128.

In April 1963, the USS Thresher, a state-of-the-art submarine, dove off the coast of Massachusetts and never returned. It took 129 men down with it, and their bodies were never recovered.

"In company with Skylark (ASR-20), Thresher put to sea on 10 April 1963 for deep-diving exercises. In addition to her 16 officers and 96 enlisted men, the submarine carried 17 civilian technicians to observe her performance during the deep-diving tests. Fifteen minutes after reaching her assigned test depth, the submarine communicated with Skylark by underwater telephone, apprizing the submarine rescue ship of difficulties. Garbled transmissions indicated that--far below the surface--things were going wrong. Suddenly, listeners in Skylark heard a noise 'like air rushing into an air tank'- then, silence."

"The ill-fated USS Thresher (SSN-593) and her crew did not suffer in vain. Out of that terror and the lessons learned grew the SubSafe Program. Through this program, every submarine in the US Fleet, every pressure hull integrity-related system aboard those subs, and every pressure-related part within those systems must be certified as being 100% safe for use on a submarine."


"It was quite surreal to be honest, about 130 clowns walking around a conference centre, it was a bit like a weird dream."

I enjoyed looking at the registration page of the Clowns International Circus Circus, and regret that a picture of Clown Bluey isn't available.

Prime Curios, as usual, has tons of information about the number 131, which isn't just prime but is a palindromic prime. And each integer is prime!

The Op. 131 Quartet in C# minor was the last large-scale piece written by Beethoven. Composed between 1825 and 1826, the Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131, is considered to be Beethoven's defining quartet. [Source:]

I don't recognize it at all. It sounds tough for sting players to manage - any string players out there want to disabuse me of that?

"In approximately 132 C.E., Hadrian began to establish a city in Jerusalem called Aelia Capitolina, the name being a combination of his own name and that of the Roman god Jupiter Capitolinus. He started to build a temple to Jupiter in place of the Jewish Holy Temple.

As long as Hadrian remained near Judea, the Jews stayed relatively quiet. When he left in 132, the Jews began their rebellion on a large scale. They seized towns and fortified them with walls and subterranean passages."

[I loved Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, and finding this fact makes me want to read it again (and also read more of ancient, particularly Jewish, history. Where to start?]

Game 133 What is it?

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133

133 photographs lit by a single candle

133 is the atomic number of an element temporarily called Untribium.

gosh, goofy, you didn't do: "132 and Bush, I've got him at gunpoint... Okay, gunpoint, 132 and Bush, cover's code three."
I don't watch TV, but even *I've* heard that one.
The benefits of being around teens.

The hottest temperature ever measured in the United States was 134 Fahrenheit (56.7 °C) at Death Valley, California on July 10, 1913
- Wikipedia, which also notes that the TV series "Hawaiian Eye", "Emergency" and "Xena Warrior Princess" all ran for 134 episodes.

I've mentioned before that I currently live adjacent to Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, about 180 miles away from where I grew up a half block from the 101 in Encino/Van Nuys. At one point inbetween, I returned to the shadow of the 101 near its transition from the Ventura Freeway to the Hollywood Freeway. What does that have to do with "134", you may ask? Well, after the Ventura Freeway parted company with Highway 101, going east, it's labeled State Route 134, which was my route to work in Pasadena for a few years. The first miles between the west end and Interstate 5 were usually congested (passing through Beautiful Downtown Burbank), but east of that interchange most of the rush hour traffic went in the opposite direction and it was smooth sailing. My car broke down 4 times on that route, thank goodness for the Auto Club/AAA.

...and I just realized that the Boy Scout troop I belonged to, Troop 431, was 134 backwards. More of those memories when this thread reaches #431 (which it will, no doubt).

Dr. Ow tells how s/he built a Gibson ES 135 guitar.

Hey, this year was the 136th Kentucky Derby!

And look at who's Forbes' Magazine's #136 Billionaire!

Psalm 137 reflects the sadness, fury and vengeful thoughts of an exiled people. Here is Don McLean's beautiful version.

137 is the number of search operations in Palestinian towns conducted by Israeli troops last week, resulting in injuries to 24 Palestinian civilians and 1 Israeli soldier.

THX (1)138 (because, let's get real, this thread isn't going to get to #1138 in MY lifetime)

There are others, like the punk band The Misfits, who shortened the number to 138 while keeping the concept of "living with a number for a name in a 25th century police state".

For a change of pace, "Photo tours of points of interest along highway 138 in the Mojave Desert."

The Amazing Spider-Man #139: "Your time is UP, wall-crawler! This is the day of the grizzly!"

If you like Tom & Jerry, you can download 140 episodes here.

I think.

Or maybe just get #140: "Of feline bondage" - Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones and all, here.

Highway 141 Garage Sale..
If you happen to be in the general vicinity.

Peeing uses up 141 calories...
Or so they say

oooooo, goofy, me likes!

It's back! And so am I! Stuck with 141?

Well, there's the Highway 141 Garage Sale, coming up the first weekend of August along 90 miles of Route 141 in Iowa. Well, it may be the "Longest Yard Sale" in Iowa, but the World Record belongs to The 127 Corridor Sale, extending 675 miles from Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama on the same weekend. And neither should be confused with "The Longest Yard" (either version).

Now where was I, 127? NO! 141! So here's Shakespeare's Sonnet #141. (I got nothin' else)

E 142 is green.

HA Foopy! I beat you by two minutes.

nanny nanny boo boo
*does victory dance*

And obviously you must have been channeling my yard sale googlefu.
I even thought about Shakespeare, but opted in favor of something more...universal.

143, I Love You.

Not really.

Even Wikipedia's page on 143 admits "This article may contain excessive, poor or irrelevant examples."

It does get a brief mention in Schoolhouse Rock's "Good Eleven" (11 X 13), which has the closest thing to a double-entendre in the entire series: "I got a date with a good eleven, she never gave me any trouble 'til after 9..."

It doesn't have much to do with the number 144, but here's No.144: elk kissing.

I've never seen elk kissing before.

"145 punk" led me to some bogus piece-of-shit website featuring unclad chicks. "145 punk street" led me here, which is sweet as candy, and welcoming as can be.

NOAA Tech Memo 146

I got nuthin'.

147 is the maximum break in snooker.

The fastest 147 ever recorded in a professional game was achieved by Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan, in 5 minutes 20 seconds.

(Bonus video: mind-blowing snooker trick shots and really bad jokes courtesy of former World Champion Dennis Taylor)

The movie Inception runs 148 minutes. Or did I dream that?

Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893)[1], was a case in which the United States Supreme Court addressed whether a tomato was classified as a fruit or a vegetable. Botanically, of course, the tomato is a fruit, but "the court unanimously decided in favor of the defense and found that the tomato was classified as a vegetable..."

I lubs me some fresh picked, warm from the sun, garden tomatoes sliced and salted then layered on buttered bread. Yums!

When somebody puts a list of 150 things on the web, you know they're damn serious about it (because 100 was not enough). So, 150 Monty Python Sketches. (Disclaimer: an old list, so a few of the video links have gone dead)

The 150th XKCD comic is the classic "playpen balls" scenario that has been recreated in real life.

In other news: Madoff sentenced to 150 years.

And the Ford F-150 is a popular truck. Especially when equipped with a jet engine.

What? Nobody wants to do 151? It's so easy! The first google result is Bacardi 151. (now THAT's positive proof)

That is all.

Curious Properties of 153

Ooooooh. Aaaaaah.

(and just wait until we get to 192; THEN you're gonna see house numbers!)

The 153rd day of the year is June 2nd (in non-leap years), and that is the birthday of Michael Steele, the bassist and vocalist of the Bangles.
She is not to be confused with similarly named Michael Stipe, writer and singer of R.E.M.
He dated Christina Ricci (back in 1998). And she is claimed to be 5 feet 0 and a quarter inches tall. And you know what that is in centimetres? Yep, 153.

Ross 154 is a red dwarf star near the southern constellation Sagittarius

Where's that stinker goofyfoot? He's the one that started this nonsense, and he needs to quit goofyfooting around and post some numbers here!

155: The Guinness World Record for number of t-shirts worn at one time... with video!

Now that was certainly impressive, foop. And I learned something--they make a 10X tee shirt.
Oh, the hugemanatee!

Moving on...

Mew 156
I'd never heard of this Danish band, but I kinda like 'em! Maybe you will, too. (also, bonus funny animation video)

Alfa Romeo 156

For the geeks--156 run commands

Indonesian census discovers 157-year-old woman
Yeah, sure.

Tax Topic 157 - Change of Address – How to Notify IRS Hey, IRS, I'm moving to Indonesia where I can live for another 102 years!

The divisors of 158 are 1, 2, 79, and 158.
158 written in Roman numerals: CLVIII
Whoo, I got nuthin'.

159 years later,* the original sailboat race that started "The America's Cup" was staged again... and the Damn Americans won again!

And 159 in Roman Numerals is CLIX which is also the name of a chain of portrait studios, a command-line interface program for Macs, a bicycle wheel release system, a web portal in Portugal, TWO online flash games, a 'pay-per-click' web marketing agency, and an Axe antiperspirant scent (WARNING: link contains graphic image of reviewer's armpit).

*if the 157-year-old woman claims to remember it, then she's obviously a FRAUD.

160 of the greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes

And a kitty!

161? tough number... back to Wikipedia...

161 is a semiprime: the product of two prime numbers: 7 and 23. Since those prime factors are Gaussian primes, 161 is a Blum integer. It's also the sum of five consecutive prime numbers: 23, 29, 31, 37, and 41, and a hexagonal pyramidal number.

In geography...

Bahrain and Brunei each have coastlines that are 161 kilometers in length.
Bhutan ranks #161 in world population
(repeat five times fast: Bahrain and Brunei and Bhutan)

Liechtenstein has a land area of 161 square kilometers

13 towns (including Cadiz, Indiana; Hooker, Nebraska; Pinhook Corners, Oklahoma; Republic, Kansas and Springfield, Minnesota) plus Water Island, U.S. Virgin Islands had a population of 161 in the 2000 census.

161 kilometers is equal to approximately 100 miles.

There were 161 original theatrical "Tom & Jerry" cartoons, 161 songs recorded by the group Pink Floyd (considering the length of some of them, that's quite a feat) and 161 episodes of "The Avengers" (but only 51 of them featured Diana Rigg as Emma Peel so who cares about the other 110?).

And the "House at 161 Bosporous Avenue, Tampa, Florida" is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

"This article may contain excessive, poor or irrelevant examples." Ya think?

oooooooh, Emma and her black jumpsuit!

And believe it or not, we actually have all the T&J cartoons on a DVD collection that the little grand BlueHorses just adore.

Now, on to ciento sesenta y dos (162)

Treat yourself to a course in Stars, Galaxies, and
Cosmology with Astronomy 162 from University of Tennessee.

Check out the the WWII Heinkel He-162 Volksjaeger--the 'People's Fighter' jet plane.

A few still exist in museums, however: Given that the lack of hardened alloys meant that German jet engines sometimes had to be scrapped after as little as ten hours of flight operations, it is unlikely one of the original He-162s will ever fly again...

They built this thing for TEN hours of flight time?

I hijacked goofyfoot number game, but nobody likes it, in spite of the pictures.

Yeah, Granma, it's just you and me here now (and I've gotten stuck with the odd numbers).

But I Digress...

Tom Peters' latest book is titled "The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE". The first chapter is titled "It's All About the Restrooms". So either he's taking the piss or taking a wide stance.

164 Photos to Change Your World.

I LOLed outloud at the planet green ad.

Pretty creative.

165 million year old spider fossil


Seeing this reminded me of the Numbers Game and I was happy to see it had restarted (thank you, fish tick) and I had a chance to do an EVEN number for a change.

So... 166.

When my family moved from Cleveland to L.A. in 1961, my dad drove us in a 1960 Dodge Dart via Route 66, but that's exactly 100 short. I'm not too far from California Route 166, which runs from Guadalupe on the coast, through the north end of Santa Maria (the town in Santa Barbara County that's bigger than Santa Barbara) and eastbound to the south end of the San Joaquin Valley, near the "Grapevine" where I-5 climbs the mountains that (thankfully) separate the Big Valley from L.A.'s humongous metropolitan area. And that's your California geography lesson for today.

For some reason, one of the top Google results for a number is always the xkcd comic of that number. Still #166 is kinda cute. Especially for us old folks, right GranMa? (I just un-celebrated my 55th birthday - out of the 25-54 'prime demographic' and into AARP Land)

But I digress. A lot.

Here's THE big deal about 166: Between his introduction in 1940 and the shutdown of Warner Brothers' theatrical cartoon studio in 1964, Bugs Bunny starred in 166 cartoons. (It must be true. There are no torrents of Bugs Bunny toons with 167).

Article 167 of the Lisbon treaty.

xkcd comic no. 167.

The marvellously named but commercially disastrous Bristol Type 167 Brabazon airliner.

Gallery 167 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

167 by Franco Ricciardi.

Reservations are closed for the 168 hour film project.

Console yourself with a cup of 168 tea.

Don't forget, there are 168 pips on a double-six set of dominoes.

169 is 13 squared (13 X 13) which makes it double unlucky for the superstitious... In fact, 13 is the only number (besides 1 and itself) that 169 CAN be evenly divided by. In addition, 169 is the sum of seven consecutive prime numbers starting with 13 (13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29 + 31 + 37) which makes it a very mathematically scary number.

WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC 100+ YEAR OLD FUNKY AND INFAMOUS 169 BAR! (aka "Bloody Bucket") ONE OF THE LAST AND OLDEST ORIGINAL BARS, IN ONE OF THE LAST ORIGINAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN MANHATTAN. Despite its Lower East Side location, it reopened the day after Hurricane Sandy hit, with a small generator and a large crowd. So put that down as a Lucky 169.

Of the 1,326 possible starting hands in the popular Texas Hold 'Em version of Poker, 169 are considered distinct. (Which gives poker savants 1,157 less to memorize)

And if anyone cares, the 169 was the bus that ran past my house when I lived on Saticoy Street in North Hollywood.

OMG... The Mars Bar has closed?

Disambiguated there. I really meant to say, 170.

You can do better than that, Dan. Like 170 Million Americans...

Physics 171 on green house gases.

It was the 172nd birthday of sculptor Auguste Rodin a couple of days ago. You probably know about The Kiss and The Thinker but he created plenty of other beautiful lesser-known pieces. He also had an epic beard. And he got a Google Doodle to celebrate his birthday!


Wailua Falls, Maui, is 173 feet in height.

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