On 32

Earlier this month, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary. With that thought in mind, here’s to number 32.

History
32nd U.S. president was Franklin D. Roosevelt

32nd VP was John Vance Garner

32 A.D. was a leap year starting on a Tuesday

In 32 BC the Roman Senate declares war upon Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Mathematics
32 is divisible by 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32

2 fourth power + 4 second power = 32, thus 32 is Leyland number

1 to the first power + 2 to the second power + 3 to the third power = 32 (that’s 1 + 4 + 27)

32 is also the sum of the totient function for the first ten integers.

32 is the ninth Happy Number

Science and Technology
The Periodic Table lists atomic number 32: the element germanium with 32 protons

32 (F) is the freezing point of water at sea level in degree (0 C), but 32 C is 90 F

A full set of human adult teeth has 32 … yes, including wisdom

The cat has 32 muscles in each ear (Click to learn more)

32-bit processors for computers

Sports
NFL currently has 32 teams

Only two 32s are retired in the NFL: Jim Brown (Clev) and Al Blozis (NYG)

This backfield of 32s would be pretty good: Jim Brown, Marcus Allen, and Franco Harris

Here’s a Sports Illustrated article about number 32

Since Rick Craven drove NASCAR’s number 32 more years than others, here’s a NASCAR history about 32

An NBA team of 32s would be pretty good: Charles Barkley, Billy Cunningham, Wayne Embry, Julius Irving, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Kevin McHale, Shaquille O’Neal, Cazzie Russell, Bill Walton, Lennie Wilkens: and here are the 184 players who have worn 32 in the NBA.

MLB teams have retired these 32s: Steve Carlton (Phillies), Sandy Koufax (Dodgers), Elston Howard (Yankees), and Jim Umbricht (Astros)

MLB HOF players who wore 32: Steve Carlton, Larry Doby, Rollie Fingers, Bucky Harris, Sandy Koufax, Chuck Klein, Al Simmons, Casey Stengel, Dave Winfield

Miscellaneous
Link to Psalm 32

Here’s a story about 32 komodo dragons hatching

In Regina Spektor’s Oedipus, it’s sung “32 is still a god damn number” several times

32 is the number of pages in the average comic book (not including the cover)

B-32 Dominator was a heavy bomber made for United States Army Air Forces during World War II

32 is also expressed as thirty two, irtythay otway, XXXII, trenta due, tretti to

U.S. Route 32, a former U.S. Highway, goes from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Chicago, Illinois. Prior to the formation of U.S. 6, the road west of Princeton was U.S. Route 32. US 32 remained for several more years until the part east of Princeton became an extension of U.S. Route 34.

State Route 32 in my state (OH) connects my current home in southwest Ohio to my childhood area in southeast Ohio

Although this is probably more than you ever wanted to know, feel free to add your comment about 32

And for those who still want or need more, here’s a video of a guy singing 32 songs in 8 minutes

Link to a past post about 56

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10 thoughts on “On 32

  1. Happy Anniversary.

    Barkley was mainly #34 since the numbers was retired. He played with the 32 one year in Philly when he got permission from Cunningham in honor of Magic.

    Did you intentionally leave off the most notorious 32’s that played for the Bills and the Niners?

    • Lester,
      Sure didn’t take long for someone to spot my intentional omission. Football wise though, he had a great career.

      Thanks for the note on Barkley as I used the link in the post as my source of numbers. Even without Sir Charles, that’s still a heck of a team.

      Thanks for the visit!

  2. This is very well done on 32. I like the list of those NBA players that have worn that number. It would be a great backfield in the NFL for 32, and you could literally build a very strong rotation in baseball with that number, too.

    You covered a lot, and I can’t see anywhere else I can add to it.

    Nice post!

    • Ah Come On David,

      The 32nd guy draft is every draft in every sport? Or I’m sure there’s a 32-letter word in some language on this planet.

      Just found this video of a guy singing 32 songs in 8 minutes.

      Heck, I just may add that to the post … LOL … thanks for the visit.

  3. Happy Anniversary to you and your wife Frank!

    Wow — I never realized how historical ’32’ is.

    The team of 32s would be a great NBA team.

    Ah, and some of my favorites — Cleopatra and Mark Anothy – was creating havoc in 32BC.

    GREAT, GREAT compilation! I really enjoyed this.

    • Paulette,
      Glad you enjoyed this … and actually fun to do. Hope you followed the link to the one on 56.

      You mentioned the NBA, interestingly … the NBA, MLB, and NHL have 30-team leagues … thus the NFL leads the way with 32.

      Back to a meaty topic tomorrow.

      Thanks for the greeting!

  4. i am a math lover (a bit confusing why i ended up becoming a pharmacist instead of an engineer – pharmacists calculate too anyway. hehe) that’s why i concentrated more on the number 32 in math. good that there are lots in math which is directly related to 32.

    since me and my boyfriend’s celebrating our 3rd anniversary… i have been thinking about what might directly relate to 3 in math… ??? 1+1+1 is 3 or 1×3 is 3 or 30/10 is 3… hmm. not so interesting!

    well, i’ll till next year. 4th anniversary might be fun to most about, too. square root of 16 is 4 and 2×2 is 4. hihi.

    anyway, frank frank frank. thanks for being a great blogging friend! and oh… happy anniversary to you and your wife! hope we can reach that number. most importantly, surpass it! hihi.

    • Maxi,
      Well now, as you hopefully saw on the link I gave you, there’s a lot to 3!

      Numbers stuff can be fun to look at … and thanks for the best wishes too.

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