On 58

I’m 58, but since 59 is close, my chances to post this are diminishing. Whether it’s fifty eight, elli sekiz, cinquanta otto, femti åtte, Vijftig acht, or LVIII – it’s time for bountiful trivia buffet about 58.

In Mathematics

  • Fifty-eight is the sum of the first seven prime numbers, an 11-gonal number, and a Smith number
  • Given 58, the Mertens function returns 0
  • There is no solution to the equation x – φ(x) = 58, making 58 a noncototient
  • Divisible by 1, 2, 29, and 58

In Science

  • The atomic number of cerium, a lanthanide whose neutral atom contains 58 protons and 58 electrons
  • The minimum wind speed (mph) needed to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning
  • Messier object M58, a magnitude 11.0 galaxy in the constellation Virgo
  • The Saros number of the solar eclipse series that began on 1114 BC BC June and ended on 166 July – 1280.1 years, and with 72 solar eclipses
  • 58 degrees C is 134 degrees F, but 58 F = 14 C

In Music

  • John Cage CD “Fifty-Eight”
  • Fifty-Eight Now Nine, a collection of songs by Esther Lee
  • 58 was the name of a side project invovling Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. They covered the song “Alone Again (Naturally)”
  • Band “Spur 58”
  • “58 Poems” sang by Chicago

In Literature

  • Book: 58 Lonely Men: Southern Federal Judges and School Desegregation is about 58 judges in the South during the Brown vs. Board of Education decision
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnet 58

In Entertainment

  • Channel 58: Milwaukee, Sacramento, and Tucson, Macon, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Elkhart, Nashville, Toledo
  • In the popular TV show Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick claims that “58 is like the luckiest number ever”
  • The 58th Academy Awards (1986) honored films as Cocoon, Out of Africa, Prizzi’s Honor, The Color Purple, and Back to the Future
  • Film 58 focuses on poverty and is based on living Isaiah 58 (trailer)

In Sports

  • Longest headed goal is 58 meters
  • In the NBA, the most points ever scored in a fourth quarter was 58 by the Buffalo Braves (at Boston Celtics), Oct. 20, 1972
  • The Most points in a game by a rookie player: Wilt Chamberlain, 58: Philadelphia vs. Detroit, Jan. 25, 1960, and Philadelphia. vs. New York Knicks, Feb. 21, 1960
  • Retired NFL Jersey: Derrick Thomas (Chiefs)
  • In NASCAR, #58 has raced in only 41 races (0 wins, led 2 laps, and 1 top 10 finish) and driven most by Ricky Craven and Hut Stricklin

In Geography

  • The code for international direct dial phone calls to Venezuela
  • The number of counties in California
  • 58th west meridian extends north-south through Greenland, eastern Canada, Guyana, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctica; plus forms the great circle with the 122 east meridian
  • 58th east meridian extends north-south through Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman, a lot of water, and Antarctica; plus forms the great circle with the 122 east meridian
  • 58th parallel north runs through Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, United States (Alaska), Canada, and Scotland
  • 58th parallel south only crosses oceans, thus no land
  • A section of 58th Street in Manhattan is known as Designer’s Way

In 58 AD

  • Roman emperor Nero and Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus become Roman consuls.
  • The friendship between Nero and Marcus Salvius Otho ends when they both fall in love with Poppea Sabina, and Otho is sent to Lusitania as governor
  • In Thuringia, conflict between two Germanic tribes erupts over access to water
  • Start of Yongping era of the Chinese Han Dynasty
  • Ming-Ti, new emperor of China, introduces Buddhism to China and the West Indus Valley
  • In China, sacrifices to Confucius are ordered in all government schools

In Year 58 BC

  • At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Piso and Gabinius
  • Cyprus becomes a Roman province
  • First year of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars
  • Romans build a 19-mile earthwork, complete with fortifications and watchtowers, between Lake Geneva and the Jura Mountains
  • Berenice IV becomes queen of Egypt after temporarily dethroning her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes


  • The number of usable cells on a Hexxagon game board
  • Associated with misfortune in many civilizations native to either Central America or Southern America due to their beliefs in the original 58 sins, the number came to symbolize curses and bad luck
  • The Fifty-eighth United States Congress (with a Republican majority) met from March 4, 1903 to March 4, 1905, during the third and fourth years of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency
  • Buy a 58-gallon rain barrel here 
  • This is my 830th post, but 830 is not divisible by 58