# On 6

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Six (6) is one of those numbers that we can associate with many things, so I didn’t intend to capture everything about it. Nonetheless, it’s a special number that I honor in this post, so feel free to add additional factoids about 6.

In Mathematics

• 6 is a composite number, perfect number, Granville number, congruent number, discrete biprime number, unitary perfect number, harmonic divisor number, all-Harshad number, octahedral number, triangular number, and a superior highly composite number
• 6 is the smallest positive integer which is neither a square number nor a prime number
• 6 has proper divisors (1, 2 and 3) … and is divisible by itself
• 6 equals the sum and the product of its proper divisors, which are three consecutive positive numbers (1, 2, 3)
• A 6-sided polygon is a hexagon (including a cube) , but not all hexagons are a cube
• There are 6 basic trigonometric functions
• In base 6, 10 is the equivalent of 6
• 6 squared is 36, but 6 to the 6th power is 46656, yet the square root of 6 is 2.44948974278

In Science

• A neutral atom of carbon contains 6 protons and 6 electrons
• The cells of a beehive are 6-sided

Benzene Ring

• Insects have 6 legs
• A benzene molecule has a ring of 6 carbon atoms
• Snowflakes have six-fold symmetry
• A hexamer is an oligomer made of six subunits
• Messier object M6 is in the constellation Scorpius, and is also known as the Butterfly Cluster
• The New General Catalogue object (NGC 6) a spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda
• There are 6 types of quarks and 6 types of leptons in particle physics
• The six-vertex model has 6 possible configurations of arrows at each vertex
• There are six phases in pandemic influenza
• Human Chromosome 6 has over 170 million base pairs and is associated with epilepsy, Parkinson disease, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome

In Musical Instruments

• A standard guitar has 6 strings
• Most woodwind instruments have 6 basic holes or keys
• There are 6 semitones in a tritone

In Entertainment

• Take 6 is a Grammy Award winning Christian vocal jazz group
• Les Six (“The Six” in English) was a group consisting of the French composers Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, FrancisPoulencandGermaineTailleferre in the 1920s

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• Bands with the number 6/six in their name include Six Organs of Admittance, 6 O’clock Saints, Electric Six, Eve 6, Los Xey (seiis Basque for “six”), Out On Blue Six, Six In Six, Sixpence None the Richer, Slant 6, Vanity 6, and You Me At Six
• #6 is the pseudonym of American musician Shawn Crahan, when performing with the band Slipknot
• Six geese a-laying were given as a present on the sixth day in the popular Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
• Johann Pachelbel’ composed Hexachordum Apollinis into 6 arias
• Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and probably others composed notable Sixth Symphonies
• Six Pack is a ZZ Top album
• Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, the sixth album by Dream Theater, includes six songs with the sixth song tells the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses
• Bionic Six is an animated series that lasted 2 years (65 episodes)
• Number 6 is a character in the movie I Am Number Four
• Films include Six Pack is a 1982 comedy drama, Six-Pack a 2000 thrilled, and Sixpack a 2011 Finnish comedy

In Religion

• 6 Points on a Star of David

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

• 6 Orders of the Mishnah
• 6 Symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate
• Yahweh took 6 days to create the world in the Old Testament Book of Genesis; humankind was created on day 6
• The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan
• The Six Articles of Belief (Islam)
• Fasting six days of Shawwal (Islam)
• A trasarenu is the combination of 6 celestial paramānus (atoms) (Hinduism)

In Language and Culture

• Other words for six include VI (Roman numerals), zes (Dutch), sei (Italian), seks (Norwegian), shesh (Hebrew), kuusi (Finnish), sita (Swahili), anim (Filipino)
• Hexa is classical Greek for “six”, thus terms as hexagon, hexahedron, hex nut
• The prefix hexa- also occurs in the systematic name of many chemical compounds, such as “hexamethyl”
“Hexadecimal” combines hexa- with the Latinate decimal to name a number base of 16
• Hexameter is a poetic form consisting of 6 feet per line
• Sex- is a Latin prefix meaning “six”. Thus: sextet, sextuplets, sexdactyly (6 fingers), sextant (whose shape forms one-sixth of a circle)
• Senary is the adjective meaning “sixth”
• 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture
• No more than 6 degrees of separation between any two people
• There are 6 tastes in traditional Indian Medicine called Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent
• Coffins are buried 6 feet below ground, thus 6 feet under

In History

• The Six Dynasties form part of Chinese history
• The Birmingham Six were held in prison for 16 years
• 6 facts about the sixth day of the sixth month (June 6th): D-Day (WW II), RFK assassination, National Day of Sweden, Orwell’s 1984 first published, first drive-in theater opened in the US, Queensland established
Augustus ruled the Roman Empire during both 6 BC and 6 CE
• In the ancient Roman calendar, Sextilis was the sixth month, but after the Julian reform, June became the sixth month and Sextilis was renamed August
• Sextidi was the sixth day of the decade in the French Revolutionary calendar

In Sports

• The National Basketball Association has 6 divisions
• The National Hockey League started with 6 teams

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• Smaller high schools play 6-man football (not the traditional 11-man)
• In soccer, the number of substitutes combined by both teams, that are allowed in the game
• Volleyball and ice hockey play with 6 players on each side
• A team earns 6 points for a touchdown American and Canadian football
• Australian Rules football teams earn six points for a goal
• In cricket, team scores 6 runs when the shot a “six/sixer” when the ball clears the boundary without bouncing
• In NASCAR, driven by 37 different drivers in 322 races, but only Cale Yarborough drove #6 into the winner’s circle (and only once)
• Tour de France has 6 mountain stages
• Retired #6 sports jerseys
• MLB: Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Al Kaline, Stan Musial, Tony Oliva, Johnny Pesky, Joe Torre
• NFL: None
• NBA: Walter Davis, Julius Irving, Avery Johnson, Bill Russell, and Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings fans
• NHL: Ace Bailey

In Technology

• On most phones, letter M, N, O are found on the 6 key
• The “6-meter band” in amateur radio includes the frequencies from 50 to 54 MHz
• 6 is the resin identification code used in recycling to identify polystyrene
• Perl 6 is a programming language

Miscellaneous

• “Six” is used as an informal slang term for the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6
• Six Flags amusement parks and theme park
• Trivial Pursuit games have 6 categories
• The highest number on one end of a standard domino

A Golomb Ruler from Wikipedia

• Odds of rolling a 6 drastically changes with the number of dice: (1) 1 of 6 (16.7%) , (2) 5 of 36 (13.9%), and (3) 10 of 216 (4.6%)
• A Golomb ruler of length 6 is a “perfect ruler”
• The Six Restaurant (Los Angeles)
• Six Sigma is a statistical modeling process aimed at quality improvement
• International maritime signal flag for 6
• 6 Cardinal Directions: north, south, east, west, up, and down
• 6 years is the standard term for a United States senator
• 6-pack is a common form of packaging for 6 bottles or cans of drink, number of fundamental flight instruments lumped together on a cockpit display, other assemblages of six items, defined abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis, external and internal obliques, & transverse abdominis), getting hit in the face by a spiked volleyball
• 6 is a common reference to car engines, such as straight 6, line-in 6, slant 6, and flat 6
• A Braille cell is based on 6 dots
• Mario must collect 6 Royal Stickers in the Nintendo 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star
• Extra-sensory perception is sometimes called the “sixth sense”, which was also a 1999 movie featuring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment

The Occasion
I’ve interrupted the Pause button for an important announcement. A mere 6 years ago. A Frank Angle started August 28, 2008. To anyone who has ever visited my little corner of the world, thank you. To those who take to time to comment, many more thanks. To those who regularly return, I’m forever grateful. So get a drink of choice (alcoholic or nonalcoholic), enjoy same snacks, leave a song (if you desire), add a factoid, tell your friends to visit, and most importantly …  mingle with others …. and I hope you return on September 1st.

Coincidentally … and yes … coincidentally … August 28th is the birthday of the reason for my prosthetic hand.

# On a Break Time

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A partial list of a blogger’s struggles:

• Lack of writing time
• Inability to keep up with reading others
• Throwing together a post

Yep … that’s me at the moment. I don’t need recharging time, I simply need to get take care of matters at hand. Therefore, I’m taking a break from regular posting … but hopefully not from visiting and keeping in touch. I don’t know how long, but I do know this is the right thing to do. Then again, I just may sneak something in.

I can’t leave you without some of the week’s best from The Onion.

• Study finds “Blame” now fastest human reflex
• Seventh grader only has two weeks left to acquire cool identity by first day of school
• Sex toy discreetly shipped in plain dildo-shaped box
• Date’s flaws coming at woman faster than she can rationalize them
• Report:Average American spends 27% of lifetime in the way
• Exxon-Mobil and Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire senator

I also know you want some reasons to celebrate this weekend.

• (Weekend) Kool Aid Days, Hobo Days
• (Fri) The Date to Create Day, Happiness Happens Day, Cat Day, Oldie Day, Sneak some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, Art Day, Frozen Custard Day
• (Sat) Bowling Day, Garage Sale Day, Veep Day, Indigenous People Day, Send an Email Day, Rice Pudding Day, Hold Hands Day
• (Sun) Duran Duran Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, Smithsonian Day, S’Mores Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Lazy Day, Family Day, Spoil Your Dog Day, Lion Day

But let’s break with a sing-a-long song … and one that wasn’t part of the last Life: The Musical, but it is a classic. So, until next time, belly up to the bar and clean your pipes to sing along … plus, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

# On Satire Bits: Vol. 106

Happy Hump Day to all. How’s your week going so far?

Since returning from the weekend trip, I’ve returned to my water superintendent duties for our building … which means I move hoses and sprinklers for several hours as our we and another couple in our building are assisting the builder so we can get a green grass environment … Plus, I’m trying to catch up on my blogging from the missed weekend.

Just returned from the golf course, and I was happy with my overall play tonight. Rest of the week has a variety of events scheduled, along with more watering. Then again, maybe mother nature will help out with some natural rain.

Because I haven’t given an eye update in some time, the issue still exists … but all is stable. I don’t see the retina specialist for another 5 weeks, so unless something drastic happens between now and then, it’s wait and see.

Moving on to your midweek dose of satire, as usual, the satirical headlines below are courtesy of The Onion. I’m always curious to discover when you have a favorite. For those ready to accept the extra challenge, create your own “combo” headline by using only the words in the headlines below. My Combo is at the end. Have a good rest of the week!

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Criminal prosecuted to fullest extent of budget

Meat prices skyrocket after cow smashing machine gets all beefed up

Legal Dream Team of co-workers counsel woman on strategy for speeding ticket

Friend takes liberty of ordering \$40 of appetizers for entire table

Elderly man can’t wait for senility to erase lifetime of regretful memories

Each line of MasterCard billing statement evokes infuriating vacation memory

Two dozen restaurant patrons made violently ill from marriage proposal

Area idea so crazy it just might work

Snowden: NSA agents pass around nude photos

Report confirms no need to make new chairs for the time being

My Combo: Legal Dream Team prosecuted crazy cow for speeding and smashing nude elderly man in new chair

# On a Monday Laugh In

Although not in my normal posting time slot, Happy Monday to all. I’m late this week because we returned home later than initially anticipated. Besides, I still haven’t replied to comments from Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

We drove cross state to Cleveland on Friday for a variety of events – primarily for my wife’s high school reunion and attending one-day of the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament at the famed Firestone Country Club, which has annually hosted professional golf since 1954 … and in 1974, three tournaments!

We initially planned to attend on Saturday, but the times were changed in anticipation of horrible afternoon weather … so we attended Sunday – which included an hour rain delay. My mother-in-law’s favorite golfer was Phil Michelson, so since she passed away last December, my wife wanted to follow him … and she claims her mother’s karma was with Phil has he whipped off 10 birdies in route the tournament’s second best round. He was fun to watch … and cheers to Rory McIlroy for winning … but because of the 3+ hour drive home, we didn’t stay until the end.

Outside of National Historic Places, Ohioans don’t think of their state was having a national park … but it does – Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Given we had about two hours before we had to be at my sister-in-laws, we went to the park’s Visitor’s Center before going to Brandywine Falls (Google pics) and one of the intact locks in the Erie Canal. Then I joined our brother-in-law for a round of golf while my wife went to her reunion. Because of the change in the Saturday’s golf tournament schedule, we returned for a Saturday morning walk on the canal’s towpath, then spent the rest of the day relaxing at my sister-in-laws.

Enough of my weekend, how was yours? Come on now … tell us something!

• (Week) Tree Climbing Days, Clown Week, Simplify Your Life Week, Breastfeeding Week, Assistance Day Week, Exercise With Your Child Week, Farmers’ Market Week, Fraud Awareness Week, Old Fiddler’s Week, Stop on Red Week, Exhibitor Appreciation week, Rock for Life week, Bargain Hunting Week, Psychic Week
• (Mon) Chocolate Chip Day, Champagne Day, Assistance Dog Day, Nut Monday, Picnic Day, Youth Day, Coast Guard Day
• (Tues) National Night Out, Oyster Day, Underwear Day, International Beer Day
• (Wed) Play Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, Root Beer Float Day, Fresh Breath Day, Hiroshima Day
• (Thurs) Lighthouse Day, Particularly Preposterous Packing Day, Purple Heart Day, Raspberries & Cream Day, Sea Serpent Day

To help you start your week, here’s a clip of the zaniness from a comedy variety show from way back when (well, yesterday for some of us) – the Rowan & Martin Laugh In. Have a good week ahead!

# On August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.

In non-leap years, no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, but in leap years February starts on the same day of the week.

August and November end on the same day of the week every year

August (then called Sextilis) was the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar

August (still Sextilis) became the eighth month around 700 BC by King Numa Pompilius, but it had only 29 days

Julius Caesar added two days to August (still Sextilis) in 45 BC

Sextillis renamed August in 8 BC to honor Augustus

August’s birthstone is Peridot, a greenish said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares … plus bring power, influence, and a wonderful year to the wearer.

August’s birth flower are Gladiolus and Poppy … meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and family

August’s Zodiac signs are Leo (ending August 22) and Virgo (starting August 23)

Moon for August as multiple names: Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

Only two Shakespeare plays mention August: Henry VI Part I and The Tempest

Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month)

August is also called Augustus (Afrikaans, Dutch), Gusht (Albanian), Avqust (Azerbaijani), Kolovoz (Croatian), elokuu (Finnish), Αύgoustos (Greek), Ogos (Malay), Awissu (Maltese), Thang-Tam (Vietnamese), Awst (Welsh)

August is a month-long holiday for many Europeans

August and February are seasonable equivalents in opposite hemispheres

August is the month to increase awareness of Children Eye Health & Safety, Bystanders, Traffic, Immunization, Psoriasis, Child Support, Motor Sports, Minority Donors, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Children Vision & Learning, Pet Immunization, Cataracts, Romance, and Studious Behavior

August is the month to celebrate Black Business, Panini, Goat Cheese, Catfish, Indian Heritage, Breastfeeding, Dirty Harry, and Peaches

August is the month to appreciate American Artists, Water Quality, Tomboy Tools, Neurosurgery Outreach, Audio, and Inventors

August is the month to participate in American Adventures, American History Essay Contest, Truancy Prevention, Don’t be a Bully, Get Ready for Kindergarten, What Will Be Your Legacy, Mutt-i-grees Rescue, Win with Civility, Happiness Happens, Midnight Moon Parties, and Plan Ahead for Halloween

Take time to celebration these anytime in August. Did you listen to any of the August songs? If so, which?