On 57

Aging does not bother me because it is one of the facts of life. Although bringing attention to myself on birthday is something that I generally do not do, I can say that earlier this month I turned 57. To celebrate my belatedly birthday, here’s a toast to 57 on the 57th day of the year (February 26th).

Meanwhile,before you see more on 57 than you ever imagined, more posts about numbers are in the Numbers category in the sidebar or here.


  • Fifty-seven is the sixteenth discrete semiprime number.
  • As a semiprime, 57 is a Blum integer
  • 57 is a 20-gonal number
  • 57 is a Leyland number since 25 + 52 = 57.
  • 57 squared = 3249, but its square root is 7.54983443527075.

Fifty-seven, LVII, fünfzig sieben, cinquanta sette, femtio sju, elli yedi


  • Lanthanum, the first of the Lanthanides, is 57 on the periodic table, thus has 57 protons; plus if neutrally charged, 57 electrons.
  • In terms of temperature, 57 F = 13.9 C, but 57 C is 134.5 F


  • Carnegie Hall is on West 57th Street in New York City
  • Incident on 57th Street is a song by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • 57 Channels (and Nothin’ On) is also by Bruce Springsteen
  • 57 is a song by Biffy Clyro
  • Studio 57 is Andy Warstar’s record label
  • Slick 57 is an alternative country band
  • The Sure SM 57 is the workhorse of recording mics

Television, Radio, and Films

  • B’hrian Bloodaxe, the first Low King of the dwarfs, killed fifty-seven trolls in the legendary Battle of Koom Valley on Discworld (a fictional world created by author Terry Pratchett)
  • Summer of Fifty Seven by Stephen C. Joseph
  • The movie Scream has 57 movie references
  • Passenger 57 is a film starring Wesley Snipes
  • Agent 57 is the name of the master of disguise in the television series Dangermouse
  • The 57th Overlanders is a fictional brigade from the cancelled Joss Whedon television show, Firefly
  • C-57D is the number of the featured ship in the movie Forbidden Planet, and is referenced in the movie Serenity as well
  • Here is the script to the 57th episode of Seinfeld – The Outing
  • CBS News Studios are on West 57th Street in New York City
  • Meredith Vieira hosted West 57, a weekly CBS news-magazine show (1985 – 1989)
  • Brian Keith and Carolyn Jones starred in dramatic anthology series, Studio 57 (1954)
  • Marvel Comics’ character The Vision debuts in issue #57 of The Avengers
  • The resolution of events in the movie Eraser occur on Pier 57
  • The Robot Chicken sketch “Pluto Nash Day” notes that 57 people at 20th Century Fox Studios died amid rioting and suicide.
  • A Robot Chicken parody of the NBC TV series Heroes uses the episode title Chapter Fifty-seven: Uncle Glen
  • The Cartoon Network program Metalocalypse has a fictional television station WHYK-57.
  • Channel 57 in Atlanta, Houston, Madison, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, South Bend, Springfield (MA), and who knows how many community cable stations
  • The Fabulous 57 were disk jockeys on WMCA 570 Radio, New York during the 1960’s


  • 57 is the code for international direct dial phone calls to Colombia
  • The designation of Interstate 57 (I-57), a freeway that runs from Miner, Missouri to Chicago
  • Manhattan’s 57th Street information
  • The 57th Street Bridge, a one-lane swing bridge in New Richmond, Michigan is on the National Register of Historic Places.



  • Former Atlanta Falcons center Jeff Van Note wore number 57. (Retired)
  • Steve Nelson (NE Patriots) wore number 57 (retired)
  • Many NFL linebackers wore 57, including ESPN’s Tom Jackson for the Broncos; do you have any favorites?
  • Although winless, 22 different drivers have been driven #57 in NASCAR

57 BC

  • Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Metellus
  • Cleopatra VI of Egypt died
  • Thai solar calendar year 487

57 AD

  • Paul of Tarsus writes his Second Epistle to the Corinthians and his Epistle to the Romans(probable date).
  • Accession of Chinese emperor Han Mingdi.
  • Holocene calendar year 10057


  • 57th Congress served during the time of President McKinley’s assassination
  • 57 gallon propane tanks are generally used for residential cooking and clothes dryers
  • The Bofers 57 mm gun would be difficult to hold
  • Prop(osition) 57 is one of a number of anti-ketchup packet groups on Facebook designed to bring attention to the shortcomings of take-out condiment packaging
  • The Organization of the Islamic Conference is composed of 57 states
  • The USAF  deactivated the 57th Air Division in 1991
  • The 57th Fighter Group is an Atlanta restaurant
  • Fifty Seven Degrees is a San Diego wine storage business  … and there is wine bar of the with the same name

4 thoughts on “On 57

  1. Wow, I like these posts that you use in correspondence with numbers. Happy 57th!

    One of the people I know of off the top of my head that wears No. 57 in the NFL is center Olin Kreutz. He’s been one of the best at his position since he came into the league. Good call on Tom Jackson.

    Have a good one buddy!


    • David,
      When it comes to good NFL LBs wearing #57 through the years, one would think it would be a good crew. But I didn’t research it.

      Glad you like the post … actually have other numbers in the works. Hope all is well & thanks for commenting.


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