# Fun with numbers

## World’s largest prime number on three reams of paper

CNN reports that the new largest prime number was discovered on January 4, 2006. It is 9.1 million digits long. (thanks Tom for the link) If you were to print this number out on 8.5×11″ sheets of paper, one-sided with 0.5″ margins at 11-point Helvetica, it would take 1,556 sheets of paper. That’s just over …

## McDonalds #4444 in Chicago

The McDonalds in downtown Chicago on Michigan Ave right behind the Wrigley Building is store #4444. I just saw this on my receipt. Numbers like this make me happy.

## 292 more days until the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy

The Olympic countdown is on! A shirt that says “292 more days” would be cool. Whenever you wear it, you could look up what would happen 292 days from now. Update April 9, 2022 — 6,193 days later: I like this idea of a t-shirt saying “292 more days”. Although, 292 is a bit random. …

## 33 33 33 lat and long

Where is: Latitude 33° 33Min 33Sec, Longitude 33° 33Min 33Sec? — It’s right off the coast of Israel. Then you can add minus signs in the numbers. 33° 33Min 33Sec -33° 33Min 33Sec — Middle of North Atlantic Ocean -33° 33Min 33Sec -33° 33Min 33Sec — Ways off the coast of Rio de Janeiro -33° …

## hex color values for real words

when coding websites, you assign color by a six-digit hex value. This value can have the following numbers/letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. So a piece of code for to color this text looks like this: color="#AA3399". Seeing that you can use letters A …

## Your age by chocolate math

Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate. (More than once but less than 10) Multiply this number by 2 (Just to …

## Reverse order numbered list in html?

With HTML, you can make a numbered list by doing the following: < OL > < LI >apples < LI >bananas < LI >cranberries < LI >oranges < /OL > Which appears like this:applesbananascranberriesorangesBut is there a numbered list in HTML where the numbers go in reverse order? Starting with the biggest number first and …

## Number five used to look like 4

Throughout history our number five used to look like a 4. Here’s a history of our numerals from Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the 5 finally stuck as five.

## 312, 213 palendromic area codes in the nation’s largest cities

It’s wild that two of the three biggest cities in the US have palindromic area codes to each other: 312: Chicago 213: Los Angeles Update 20 years later: How Chicago got 3, 1, and 2 digits in their area code. This blog post explains why Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and New York City all have …

## 2004 interpretation of the number

Here’s my email away message while i’m gone from work: 2004 will be an interesting year. Such a nice even number that you can easily divide into many slices of pizza. 2003 was a bit more hard to slice pizzas with. Hey, if you punch out “20.04” on a calculator, and look at it upside-down, …

## The number 8

It looks like an infinity symbol. A friend of mine, Noel, said it was standing up. I like how that personfies an infinity symbol–like it’s a person. Where does the infinity symbol work? Noel said a toll booth, because it stands up all day long. To further expound upon the standing infinity symbol’s significance:* Toll …