On 54

2010 is about to end, yet it is known as the year my wife turned 54 – thus the dedication with this post. Aging used to bother her, but she has done much better since turning 50 – the hell with everything year! She will continue to maintain that I’m older, which the Numbers Category in the sidebar will verify, but aging has never bothered me. Here’s to the 54!

Math

  • Divisible by 1,2, 3, 6, 9, 18, 27, 54
  • The answer when adding the squares of 7, 2, and 1
  • The Holt graph has 54 edges, which has nothing to do with marching band
  • Has the following factorial: 230,843,697,339,241,380,472,092,742,683,027,581,083,278,564,571,807,941,132,288,000,000,000,000
  • LIV … but that is actually language – but math is a language

Science

  • Xenon has the atomic number 54, thus 54 protons, and its neutral atom also has 54 electrons
  • NASA 54 STS
  • In temperature, 54 F = 12 C, but 54 C = 129 F

Commerce

Geography

Film, Television, and Literature

  • 54 is a film about Studio 54 – the movie trailer
  • 54 is a novel by the Wu Ming collective of authors
  • Episode 54 of Seinfeld
  • Classic TV: Car 54 where are you? theme & intro
  • Tune to Channel 54 when visiting: Bay Area, northern Kentucky, Baltimore, Erie, Augusta, New Orleans, Huntsville, Austin, Muskegon,
  • XM Channel 54: Lithium broadcasts grunge rock and 90s alternative rock

Sports

  • Cincinnati Bengals Bob Johnson, the team’s first-ever draft pick is the only retired 54 in the NFL – which is more than in MLB, NBA, and NHL.
  • Lennie Pond drove the only 54 to a NASCAR victory (6 Aug 1976 at Talladega)
  • The longest drought between Stanley Cup championships – the New York Rangers (1940-1994) … which is Beeze’s team
  • The fewest points scored by an NBA Team in a playoff game (Utah Jazz, 7 June 1998)

History

  • 54 AD Nero replaces Claudius as emperor of Rome, who then tried to prohibit the gladiator games
  • 54 BC Julius Caeser’s second expedition to Britain
  • 54th US Congress served from 4 March 1895 to 3 March 1897, the last two years of President Grover Cleveland’s term
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry fought in the Civil War
  • The USAF 54th Tactical Fighter Wing is inactive, last stationed in South Korea
  • The USAF 54th Troop Carrier Wing served the South Pacific theatre in WW II

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10 thoughts on “On 54

  1. Woot, woot! The Massachusetts 54th! I love that story! Still one of my favorite movies.

    I saw the monument a few years ago in Boston. There were bouquets of flowers all over it. :-)

    • Melissa,
      Because of your appreciation of the Massachusetts 54th, I just added a link so others can read about it. Thanks for inspiring an added touch.

    • … and thank you Emma … and to you and yours too. Hope you saw the subtle reference to you in this post. . and I hope you return on New Years Eve or the next day for the rousing tune I will provide.

      • Ah, I see it, but I’m in Birmingham, not London. ;)

        Am definatley looking at posting again very soon but have really being enjoying a few days down time

        • Emma,
          Glad you spotted the small reference. :) … Meanwhile, all the best to you and yours for 2011 … Happy New Year … and I know you will get back into the posting swing. Cheers!

  2. Frank,

    C’est magnifique!

    54= cinquante-quatre

    I never really thought of fifty-four until today, wow there’s lots of kewl stuff!

    Better than crickets LOL

    • Meesh,
      Thanks for the additional of foreign language because that is something I typically include on these. I continue to be amazed by some of the tidbits that come forth.

      I’m not sure about your point about the crickets … especially after reading the great list you provided about them! Thanks for visiting!

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