Lonely Numbers


One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one

Are you humming along? A local classic rock station played that song by the writer, Harry Nilsson. Three Dog Night covered it in ’69 and had a huge hit. Harry tells the story that he was making a phone call (dial phone… come on, it was ’68) and he got a busy signal. The beep-beep-beep sound played in Harry’s ear and he left the phone to his ear and wrote the hit song, One.

Numbers, even the number one, have always fascinated me. I was pretty quick at math when I was young and my grandpa showed me a fascinating number trick that I used on people for twenty years. It requires some quick addition of long columns of numbers in one’s mind, but can have people shaking their head.

Today in Bakersfield the downtown association has their monthly “First Friday.” A fun time to peruse the art galleries, check out local restaurants, visit the many dozens of craft and art booths, catch some live music and be a part of the community. This “one” is not a lonely number, it’s a fun one.

Other number trivia:

Add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel. Yes it is “666.”

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Roulette Wheel

Right here in Bakersfield, at Bakersfield College, the number 3.51.1 was very significant. It was the world record for the mile run set in 1967 by Jim Ryun. The record lasted for eight years.

BTW: Ashrita Furman just did a 12 minute mile. I know that doesn’t sound so hot until I point out that he was riding a pogo stick at the time.

A quickie:
The number 4 is the only number with the same number of letters as the meaning of its name.

40 was the average number of minutes on record albums I used to buy. Now, in the age of digital music, the average album is 60 minutes. Truly, more for less.

10! When I saw that ten plus an exclamation point it took a minute to realize the meaning of that is 10 factorial. So 10! seconds is exactly 6 weeks.
That would be figured by 10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 3628800 seconds.
That is 42 days, 6 weeks exactly.

 

Another math quiz: A pizza that has radius ‘z’ and height ‘a’ has volume Pi x Z x Z x A
(the area of a circle is Pi multiplied by the radius squared (which can be written out as Pi x Z x Z) Then you multiply by the height to get the total volume

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PIZZA

Here’s multiplication problem for your kids to keep them busy (and quiet)
Multiply 111, 111, 111 x 111, 111, 111
Yes it will equal 12, 345, 678, 987, 654, 321

 

Who cares?  I do!

Have a great weekend.

About bakoheat

Writer/Musician
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