Fun with numbers

Counting by tens instead of ones

Happy 30th birthday for the 8th time! Perhaps you’ve heard this joke. But what if this was really true? Perhaps there could be a number system that counts that way. Instead of counting on 1s, you count on 10s. What if we turned one year older every 10 years? When you turn “38” you are …

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Prime numbers as we get older

Don’t you love it when your age is a prime number? I do. Currently I’m 37, a prime number! That only happens twice in your thirties (the other age being 31). Which decade of your life has the most prime number birthday ages? List of prime number ages, sorted by decade: 2, 3, 5, 7, …

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Special number days with receipts timestamped 07/08/09, 01/11/10, 08/09/10, 11/11/11, 12/12/12

When the numbers in the current day make an interesting combination, it’s always neat to acknowledge that day. For instance, July 8, 2009 is 07/08/09. It’s fun to get a memoir recording that unique date, because it happens only once! And how do you capture a once-in-a-lifetime date? With a printed register receipt! If you …

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Retiring ten numbers for one player

In the news highlights, I saw a Bulls player wearing what appeared to be number 23. Upon a closer look, his uniform number was revealed to be Marquis Teague wearing 25. Maybe the Bulls should retire all the numbers in the 20s.

Is 12 noon pm or am?

Is 12 noon pm or am? I always get confused. Who would be the best person to help me out? None other than the people at AM/PM gas stations. Here is a series of letters I have written for AMPM where we get to the bottom of the matter of fixing this noon pm/am thing. …

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A new mathematical operation: the maldre, the average of extremes

Watching your weight every day is fine, but a more effective method is to see your trend over the past week. Using the new maldre math operation, you can effectively analyze your weight once a week. Almost every day on Livestrong’s Weight Tracker, I enter my weight for that day. Which is good and all, …

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Special number in my inbox

I reached 12345 messages in my m***@spu***rt.org inbox. It looks kinda cool. Note, this is not my regular gmail. This inbox is for m***@spu***rt.org, hosted by google’s gmail. It’s my general email address I use to sign up for everything. If you want to reach me personally, either use my art******@gm***.com or my contact form.

Counting in Jawaese

Jawaese is the language that Jawas speak in Star Wars. They are desert scavengers. Selling what they find. Thus numbers are very important to them. Here’s how to count to ten in Jawaese: 1 Po 2 Ko 3 Kyo 4 Yo 5 Dyo 6 Lyo 7 Does not exist in Jawa arithmetic 8 Ho 9 …

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Tweet number 100; 1,000; 10,000; one billion, ten billion

In honor of 11/11/10, I bring you the tweets at significant numbers. Tweet #100. Twitter was really exciting at the start. Tweet #1,000. The first people on twitter were party animals! Tweet #10,000. Curbing your wheels? The one billionth tweet. At first glance this tweet looks like it would stink. A tinyurl? But the japanese …

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