On 36

cooltext36The following past post marked the occasion of our 36th wedding anniversary. Given that I also enjoy saluting numbers, here’s my toast to 36.

In Mathematics

  • Divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 36
  • Is a perfect square (of ±6), a triangular number, a square triangular number, a 13-gonal number, a highly composite number, a semiperfect number, a Harshad number, an Erdős–Woods number, the sum of a twin price, and the sum of 1-cubed + 2-cubed + 3-cubed
  • The degrees of the interior angle of a regular pentagram
  • The number of possible outcomes when rolling two dice
  • Number of sides on the truncated cube and the truncated octahedron
  • 36 squared is 1296
  • The sum of integers 1 to 36 = 666

In Chemistry
Atomic number of Krypton, whose neutrally charged atom has 36 protons and 36 electrons

In Space

  • Messier object M36 is in the constellation Auriga
  • New General Catalogue (NGC) object 36 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces
  • 36 Cancri is an A-class star in the constellation Cancer.
  • Discoverer 36, also known as Corona 9029, was an American optical reconnaissance satellite launched in 1961\
  • Soyuz 36 spaceflight was in 1980
  • Expedition 36 to the International Space Station is scheduled to begin in May 2013

In Standards

  • In the US (and very few other countries) 36 inches = 1 yard
  • IBM System/36, a minicomputer
  • Refers to a 36 inches long pipe wrench
  • In the UK, a standard beer barrel is 36 UK gallons, about 163.7 liters
  • Many early computers featured a 36-bit word length
  • ASCII code for the symbol ‘$
  • The number of characters required to store the display name of a UUID or GUID (e.g., 00000000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046)
  • IBM System/36 (S36) was a minicomputer marketed from 1983-2000
  • 36-bit computer architecture
  • In temperatures, 36 C = 96.8 F, but 36 F = 2.2 C

In Music

  • 36 is a punk band
  • 36th Grammy Awards were in 1994 with Whitney Houston as the big winner
  • 36D is a song written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray and performed by The Beautiful South.
  • 6-C is an album by Fifth Column
  • Mozart wrote Symphony #36 in 1783
  • Berlin 36 is a 2009 German film about a Jewish athlete in the 1936 Olympics

In Art

  • 36 Views of Mount Fuji
  • 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower

In Literature

In Film

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) is a kung fu film
  • 36 is a movie (2010) directed by Martin Campbell
  • 36th Academy Awards held in 1964 with Best Picture nominations to Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lillies in the Field, America America, and Tom Jones (winner)
  • 36 Pasos (36 Steps) is a 2006 Argentine horror film
  • North of 36 is a 1924 silent film Western Drama

In Entertainment

  • Watch Channel 36 in Charlotte, Lexington (KY), Oakland
  • Canal 36 is a television station in Honduras
  • The Incubator was the 36th episode of M.A.S.H, which aired December 1, 1973
  • 36 is a sports documentary show on NBC Sports Network and TSN
  • The 36th season of Saturday Night Live was 2010-2011
  • The game of roulette has ’36’ numbers on the playing grid and roulette wheel
  • Rollorpoker, a roulette-based game, uses ‘36’ playing cards on the wheel and playing grid, instead of numbers

In Language
Thirty six, trente six, dreißig sechs, kolmekymmentä kuusi, tretti seks, talatin da shida, XXXVI

In Sports

  • Retired jerseys of MLB’s Robin Roberts (Phillies) and Gaylord Perry (Giants), NFL’s Mack Lee Hill (Chiefs), and NBA’s Lloyd Neal (Trailblazers)
  • The Adelaide 36ers are an Australian Pro-Basketball team
  • In NASCAR, #36 has raced 633, never won, finished in the top 5 32 times, and driven the most by Ken Schrader (106)
  • Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20 – St. Louis Rams 17, played at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002

In Religion

  • In the Jewish tradition, light created by God on the first day of creation shone for 36 hours
  • The Torah commands love, respect, and protect the strange 36 times
  • There are 36 righteous people in every generation
  • 36 candles are in a menorah over 8 days
  • In the Māori legend, 36 gods were involve creating the first human before receving the breath of life from Tāne
  • In Shavism, 36 tattvas describe the internal aspects of creation
  • In Christianity, Psalm 36

In US History

  • Nevada is the 36th state (1864)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson served as the 36th US president
  • The 36th US Congress (1859-1861) during the last two years of James Buchanan’s presidency
  • Alexander Hamilton wrote Federalist Papers 36, The Same Subject Continued: Concerning the General Power of Taxation, the last of the seven papers on taxation

In World History Year 36 BC

  • Buddhist calendar year 509, Korean calendar year 2298, Thai solar calendar year 508, Chinese calendar year 2601/2661 to 2602/2662
  • Mark Antony married Cleopatra VII while still married to Octavia

In World History Year 36 CE

  • A leap year that started on a Saturday
  • Bengali calendar year -577, Berber calendar 986, and Iranian calendar year 586 BP – 585 BP
  • Historical figures include Pontius Pilot, Emporer Tiberius, and Herod Antipus
  • Some say this is the year of Jesus’ crucifixion

In Geography

  • The 36th parallel south only across land in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina
  • The 36th meridian east passes through Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique
  • US Route 36 runs 1,414 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado to Uhrichsville, Ohio

In Business

  • The Thirty-Six Bisto in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Thirty-Six, a camera boutique in Singapore
  • Thirty-Six Peonies Publishing Company
  • Studio Thirty-Six – spa, beauty, and personal treatment in Santa Rosa, California


  • A perfect score on the ACT
  • In French-speaking countries, 36 is often used as a placeholder number
  • International phone code for Hungary
  • The 36 pounder long gun was the largest piece of naval artillery for French war ships in its time
  • TI-36 calculator made in 1986
  • The 36 Boys were a gang of primarily Turkish immigrants from Berlin-Kreuzberg involved in criminal activities
  • The 36-line Bible, the second printed edition of the Bible and known as the “Bamberg Bible”, is named after its 36 lines of text on each page. FYI: The Gutenberg Bible had 42 lines per page

94 thoughts on “On 36

  1. Marvelous post, Frank! I’m always intrigued by number posts, but I especially like your reference to the 36D song by Beautiful South – here’s a link to the song –

    Happy 36th! We’re almost to 40 🙂


  2. Actually, in regards to your mathematics, the square root of 36 isn’t 6. It’s ±6. I know it seems like a trite demarcation, but (as I explained in one of my blog posts seen here:http://www.debelit.com/2013/05/math-alert-yes-plus-and-minus-matters.html) it was the realization of the negative that helped us come up with the idea of antimatter and energy!

    However, the rest of the post was rather clever and I really enjoyed reading all of the ways that 36 is in our lives. Great work!


    • Peter,
      Many thanks for the correction. Just another example how accuracy is a casualty of generalizing! Meanwhile, I have edited the post. … and thanks for the link, which I followed!


  3. I was just about to switch off and go up to bed when your #36 caught my eye on the reader. Happy anniversary and Congratulations to you both.

    I’m astonished and impressed at all the 36’s you found.

    is it because I don’t know my bible very well that I don’t recognize the quote
    “36 righteous people in every generation”


    • Kanerva,
      Glad you caught the Finnish, and on the next one if I don’t work it in, please add it in the comments. Regarding Fasab, who knows where he digs up the constant stream of stuff! 🙂


  4. Congrats and I love all the info. Let’s just say I didn’t get a 36 on my ACT. This is my favorite fact: In the UK, a standard beer barrel is 36 UK gallons, about 163.7 liters.


  5. Frank … you’re FANTASTIC! What a world of information you have dug out. Love it … fantastic.
    Congratulations to you both and I hope you will get another 36 years …


    • Mobius,
      Many thanks …. I don’t have another one in the pipeline, so I’ll have to think of one. After all, I like the numbers that are linked to a personal significant event.


  6. Happy Anniversary! Love your fascinating take on the #36! You put a lot of research into this which speaks to your patience and loyalty for 36 years.
    I enjoy numbers too…for example, I can always carry a calendar in my head by just identifying the day that the date is a multiple of 7…like this month that would be Tuesdays.


  7. Jeez, between you and FASAB, you’re gonna kill me with this numbers racket!
    I’ll throw these two at ya. 36 is the state number of Nevada, which also happens to be the hull number of the World War 2 battleship that carried the state’s name (BB-36, USS Nevada). And the Convair B-36 is the only US plane ever built to both carry and be powered by nuclear technology – it was the last piston-engined US strategic bomber, needing additional jet engines when her own six propellers weren’t powerful enough to haul her around (4 jets were added, in two 2-engine underwing pods, giving birth to the phrase “6 turnin’ and 4 burnin'” to indicate all engines were working.) You can see a B-36 landing gear at your nearby USAF museum in Dayton, along with a “parasite’ fighter built to be carried aboard the plane as a close escort. (The XF-85 Goblin, truly the UGLIEST plane ever built! 😀 )
    Okay, now, ENOUGH with the numbers! 😉


      • By the by, I seem to have a bad habit of this. Happy anniversary, belated. 😀
        Yes, you were easy on me, and I appreciate it. That’s why I wrote what I did – a nice double 36 with great symmetry.
        I just wonder what the FBI thinks when they review my browser history. And trust me, they ARE reviewing it….. 😉


  8. Boy, getting a few mentions here. Thanks guys. But John, what about the famous 36th Ulster Division on the Western Front in WWI?
    Good post Frank and congrats! 🙂


  9. Happy Anniversary Frank (and Mrs. A). You beat WW and me by 2 years. We discovered that marriage is better than anyone ever advertised and the best thing we ever did. Somehow I think you and Mrs. A. feel the same. Cheers!


  10. Thirty-six years of marriage is a marvelous milestone! Wonderful, Frank, and continued blessings to you both. I cannot imagine compiling this much data on number 36! I am completely impressed. You have a lot of interesting facts here! I hope I can retain a few of them. 🙂


  11. Fascinating. I think I’d like to travel US Route 36 from Ohio to Rocky Mountain National Park. Bet there’s lots of great scenery along the way.
    Happy Anniversary! 36 is a very good number. (M and I celebrated 36 last year.)


  12. Congratulations on 36. My wife and I are approaching 28 years. Recently in a jewelry store, the clerk was stunned to hear of our number. Apparently, the ravages of our society really take their toll on couples. Have a Great Memorial Day. And I think the original intent was to honor the Union Civil War vets as some southern states would not recognize it for some time.


  13. Congratulations Frank and Mrs. Frank!! Here’s to 36+ more happy years together! How long did it take you to find this many important references to 36? This is a great collection, and most of them are new to me so I learned today. 😀


    • Weebs,
      Many thanks for the best wishes … and these types of posts aren’t as time consuming as one may imagine. Then again, they aren’t rushed together either. This is good stuff for those who enjoy Trivial Pursuit oriented factoids.


  14. Gee, Frank, I didn’t realize that I missed this post! Sorry about that. Happy belated anniversary to you and your wife. Thanks for making me realize that soon SNL will have its 40th anniversary.


  15. I hope that you had a WONDERFUL anniversary! You certainly outdid yourself on the 36 references…We are behind you by one year….always knew you must be a “steady and true” kind of guy…best wishes to you both !!


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