# 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

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• 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

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• 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.

## 90 thoughts on “On 6”

1. Happy Birthday to your blog. Fascinating to hear of your prosthetic hand.

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• Shimon,
Many thanks for taking the time for the greeting (as you continue to be on my mind). Now about the hand. I took my niece to a Shania Twain concert, and Shania touched both of our hands … and I thought that the hand should be preserved for prosperity. 🙂

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2. Frank!! Helllllooooo!! I’ve missed you! Congratulations on your anniversary – six years is a long time to be blogging! I have nothing to offer regarding the number six as my mind is too boggled from having made its way through that massive and erudite list! ‘The birthday of the reason for the prosthetic hand’ is so intriguing – it could be a book title! Though obviously traumatic despite the presence of Shania Twain both times you have referred to it. My condolences, my congratulations and my deep appreciation that you continue to post despite six years having passed and the prosthetic hand!

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• Pauline,
Cheers to my favorite Kiwi on this anniversary day! I imagine more about six than you ever wanted to know. 😉 Ah ha … you have made the connection between the hand and Shania …. and after she touched my hand at a concert, yep … it was time to immediately cut the hand off.

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• Such power that woman has! I hope the hand is bottled in brine and placed in a prominent position somewhere in your house – I also wonder what Mrs F Angle thinks about that …….. 🙂

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• Nothing less than perfect preservation for the event. Meanwhile, realizes how the Exception List works.

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3. For a minute there I thought you were going to say this is the end of A Frank Angle. I’m glad I am wrong. Wow, you have a prosthetic hand, that is cool (always see the positive side). Happy Birthday and I will be here on September 1st.

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• Catherine,
Oh no … not the end … well … at least not yet. Yep … after Shania touched my hand at a concert, placing the hand in safe storage was the right thing to do.

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4. Frank, Congrats!! Happy Sixth Anniversary! I’m really impressed. And this is quite an impressive post to match your accomplishment. Fascinating. And with a prosthetic hand? I had no idea, Frank. Well, here’s to six more years! It’s been a pleasure. I’ll have a glass of red wine. Cheers!

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• Amy,
Many thanks for the kind words and for stopping by on this day. … and I second that red wine toast!!! … Regarding the prosthetic hand, what else is a guy to do with his original hand besides storing it in a jar after Shania touch it?

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• I think I need to watch the video, Frank. I’m confused. I will be back to watch it! In the meantime, cheers with that glass of red!

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• FYI: You won’t see me in the video. Nonetheless, Shania heads the Exception List (and my wife will confirm that). I took my niece to a Shania concert (my nieces first concert ever, and my third seeing the star) …. and both of us got high fives from Ms. Twain …. so chop chop …. off goes my left hand and into a hermetically sealed jar to preserve posterity.

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• Really? What?!! Oh wow, that’s crazy, Frank! Well, what a memory to preserve. Oh, will you show us?

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5. Happy Blog Birthday! It is amazing you have been sharing for such a long time. As usual, your list seems very, very complete! The only extra one I can think of is the saying, “I’ve got your six” or “I’m on your six” to mean there to help, following, supporting. At least, I think that is what it means! And it somehow seems to apply to you–you have been there supporting the blogging community and your readers for a long time. Thanks.

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• Patti,
Thanks so much for the kind words and attending this small celebratory event. My list about Six is far from complete, as it could go on for several posts … thus I appreciate your addition!

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6. Oh, my!!!! 6 YEARS!!!!!!!! A very very Happy Anniversary, my dear Frank!
Here’s to 6 times multiplied by 6 more and then multiplied by 6 again, and again…
[you get the picture!]
and a little video for the occasion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINuAWoxy4Q
🙂 🙂
Goes without saying, I’ll also be here September 1st! 😉

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• Marina,
Oh my my … many thanks for the celebratory greeting and the Flintstones, which definitely brought smiles to my morning.

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7. Happy magical Six Frank! This is quite the listing of factoids, thorough as usual. You are a very determined man :golf, bells and everything else! I like your style. Here’s to more blogging ahead. –Audra

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• Audra!!! … you still exist!!!! 🙂

Many thanks for the celebratory greeting!

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• indeed! and thanks for following me over 🙂

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• just shedding a shell and building a new one 🙂 a little freer

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8. Wow Frank, this post could also be called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Six (But Were Afraid to Ask).” In New York City, if a building has more than six floors it has to have an elevator. Happy anniversary Frank! Excellent post and welcome back from your hiatus!

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• Lame,
Many thanks …. and I love the tidbit about the elevators! If you didn’t notice, see the comments about my prosthetic hand.

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• I did see your comment about your hand but since Audra had the same hand-related ideas as me (handbells, golf) I just went in the direction of trying to think of a video (drew a blank) or a factoid about six to add to your almost bottomless pit of facts. So, are you planning to do a post about your hand now that you’ve outted your mitt? It seems to, pardon the pun, hold a lot of fascination for the aFa devotees.

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• Audra had a good one … but the bottom line goes back my Shania crush.

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9. Happy dancing and smiling…
Missed you and our early morning walks…and coffee on the front porch.
Raye

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• Raye,
Good morning to the you in the City of Roses. I hope your morning coffee jump starts a good day ahead. … and thanks for the smiles that reached Cincinnati!

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10. Good for you on #VI. I hope you are still enjoying it. Otherwise, why would you keep doing it.

You give us interesting twists and viewpoints and trivia. Keep it up.

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• Jim,
Many thanks for the congratulations and the kind words about the loads of minutia that I packed into this post. 🙂

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11. Happy to see you posting Frank and a celebration no doubt!! Happy anniversary – 6 years is a very long time to keep on, always fresh and exciting! Here is to “6” more anniversaries . . . we celebrate you! My drink – a great cup of coffee this fine morning, cheers!

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• Mary,
Many thanks on this fine morning … and cheers to your toast. You got me thinking about traditional 6th anniversary gifts, which are iron, candy, and wood … plus the 6th anniversary stone (amethyst) … and flower (Calla Lily) … So why not a bit more stuff!

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• How fantastic Frank – who knew that the number 6 has so many ties to everyday life, in such a variety of subjects. Love your research!

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12. Well done on six years of blogging Frank – that is a LOT of ideas 🙂
Interesting post on the number 6.

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• Colline,
Many thanks for a greeting from across the border. Just thought thought this would be an interesting way to mark the occasion, but I feared the work because there is SO much … most of which I left out!

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• I did not realize that six was used in so many ways Frank. Thank you for the effort you put into this post as these little facts were a good read.

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• Thanks … interesting what a trivia collection can do.

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13. Congratulations on your six years of blogging, Frank. Quite an achievement. Fascinating facts about the number six, especially the cheerful one about coffins. 🙂 Now you have me wondering about the reason for your prosthetic hand. Great to see you here again.

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• Sylvia,
Thanks for the nice thanks and glad you enjoyed the post. In terms of the hand, Shania touched the original hand, which now resides in a hermetically-sealed jar.

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14. Grattis till jubileumet! Frank, this post is just amazing – as I have said to many times before, you’re wonderful mad. All this information about #6 – fantastic – your just outstanding on information collecting. I didn’t know that was so much into “sex” – brilliant job, Frank.
I wonder what #12 will bring us. *smile

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• Viveka,
Woo hoo to me … praise in (I think) Swedish. 🙂 i actually like your “wonderfully mad” description of me. Glad you enjoy this conglomeration of factoids. I have another number in the works, but higher than twelve. After all, I always have reasons for honoring a number.

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• They say that our lives is all based on numbers … maybe they are right. My favorite numbers is 11 and 9 … my date of birth – soon here again. Can’t believe that a year has gone since NYC. Scary how the times flies away with us.

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• Oh that’s right … you have that day for a birthday! Glad to see that you treat yourself with a good trip!!!

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• Will spend my “special” day in Las Vegas … never been!
Frank, so long I’m able to travel I will do so – I have the same problems if I’m in Las Vegas or at home. More fun to have them in Las Vegas – I hope.

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15. Congratulations on SIX YEARS, FRANK!!!!

Your factoids were fascinating (as they usually are). But isn’t there a story behind the prosthesis? I’m guessing there is.

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• Elyse,
Many thanks to one of my long-time blogging friends … and (of course) Queen. The factoid stuff is fun to put together, but this number could have gotten out of control … thus why I acknowledged that there is so much more.

Of course there’s a story behind the prosthesis … Shania touched the original, so it had to be preserved … and it’s her birthday today.

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16. Hudson Howl |

What ever would we do without ‘Six’ or Twain or you. Happy ‘SHTUFFFS’ to you.

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17. Happy 6th blogoversary, Frank! That’s impressive longevity in the blogging world. Most blogs seem to fizzle out after a year or two.

The amount of research you did for this post is equally impressive. So here’s six loud cheers for you: Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

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• Carrie,
Many thanks … longevity I have done … well, along with a good bit of consistency … so I’ll take those loud cheers.

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18. What a great exploration of six. The only thing I could think of was the Hemingway cats have six toes.(I didn’t read all the comments so I hope I’m not redundant) As to the hand, I don’t blame you. Happy Anniversary.

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• John,
Many thanks for the kind words and adding the bit about Hemingway’s cat (which I didn’t know) … and hooray … cheers to someone who understands the hand!

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19. Congrats and cheers (such an anniversary deserves a 6 pack of brews…long abandoned the 6 pack body builders strive for….beer easier….)
Totally intriguing post. Would make a cool chapter in a book (you don’t think it wouldn’t sell to teachers, libraries, and lovers of odd info?) And you have a title from contentedcrafter.
(Just a little project for your spare time – HA HA)
Enjoy the week!

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• Mouse,
Many thanks …. as for that extra project, I think someone has already done that. For some reason, I recall a book at Half-Price Books with stuff like this. The biggest question is, :Why didn’t I buy it?”

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20. Reblogged this on Erotixx and commented:
Never thought about the number 6 until now. And a mere 6 years ago. A Frank Angle started August 28, 200. So congrats and for getting me think about the number six. Who knew.

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21. This is a real tour de force, Frank. Well done. I felt challenged to come up with anything to add, but finally dredged up these humble offerings:

The original “six flags” theme park was in Arlington, Texas and the term was meant to signify the historical ownership of Texas, to wit: Spain, France, United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Confederate States of America and the state of Texas, which was once a sovereign state itself.

I submit that the element, carbon, deserves more attention than noting its 6 protons and 6 electrons. It also has 6 neutrons in its most common isotope. Carbon is the chemical basis of all life that we know. It is also the substance which, in a certain crystalline form called “grapheme”, is the strongest material ever measured. One authority describes it by saying it is so strong that “it would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.

The traditional gift for a sixth wedding anniversary is wood, which is mostly made of water and, wait for it . . . . . . carbon.

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• Jim,
Glad you enjoyed this post. Love the trivia regarding the amusement park … and that’s something I didn’t now. Thanks.

I’m with you regarding carbon … heck … that could be a post in itself … Oh boy … an idea! 🙂

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22. Joe Torre’s plaque was trashed by some of the New York faithful who forget what the Stump Merrill years felt like, but it was a well deserved honor for a good baseball man.

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• Cayman,
I didn’t know that about the plaque .. how sad … especially for a good guy!

FYI: I’m going with your man Tannehill as one of my QBs for a bit … I play in a very simple fantasy league … no drafting, no bidding, no dealing with other owners, no money … thus just managing & enjoying myself.

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• He was impressive last season when you consider the maelstrom surrounding him. If the line can get solid for him, he’s gonna make plays. I’m looking for 30 plus TD passes this season, and I don’t think I’m dreaming.

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• I liked him coming out of college, so hopefully he’s ready for a breakout year.

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23. This is amazing post, and I loved too this description “wonderfully mad” 🙂 Congratulations and Happy Blogging, dear Frank, Thanks and Love, nia

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• Nia,
LOL …. we know “wonderfully mad” comes through comes from that crazy women up north. Many thanks.

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24. It’s really great to have you back with another of your memorable posts. I love all the data, and the math and science facts blow my mind. I am so sadly mathematically-challenged, so I am amazed and captivated by your detailed list. And by pure coincidence, I’m sitting here watching the documentary “Six by Sondheim” right this very minute! 🙂 Now how about that? welcome back, Frank!

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• Debra,
I have no clue what the types of numbers are, but gathering trivia into a common theme is fun to do. Love the fact that the timing is perfect with the show you are watching!

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25. Nice to hear from you Frank – what a glorious chapter in Britain’s judicial history was the Birmingham 6…..The Guildford 4…… The Maguire 7……….

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• GFB,
LOL … thus good to tap into your sense of pride today!

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26. Tim |

Fantastic! Afrankangle returns just in time to provide Independent-Moderate advice on my plans to (1) change my golf swing again, (2) demand that the REDS trade Zack Cozart and Arroldis Chapman for hitting, and (3) in Oct. secretly cross over the Ohio river into Northern Kentucky to canvas for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her bid to upset six term Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (afrankangle: “Throw them out, THROW THEM ALL OUT!!!”).

P.S. Great to have you back!

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• Tim,
Ah ha … you didn’t read the fine print. Meanwhile, 1) is changing a swing that is always changing really change? …. 2) No … 3) stay out of Kentucky

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27. Congratulations Frank! And thanks for all the six factoids. Have you written about the reason for your prosthetic hand?

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Many thanks for the congrats as I have enjoyed the past 6 years. In terms of the hand, I have mentioned it multiple times, yet most of the time I do it in a subtle way that makes readers wonder – but some eventually catch it. The story goes that I took my young niece to a Shania Twain concert, and Shania hand-slapped both of our hands … which is reason to preserve my original hand.

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28. Wow Frank, great post. Congrats on the anniversary! 🙂

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• Izaak,
Many thanks for stopping by with the congrats!

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29. AFrank:

Wow! Six years of blogging is like 6 x 6 x 6 years of dog-blogging. I am pleased to be part of your crew and I will be absorbing information about six until seven appears.

I did think, though, that Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is what happens to my stomach when I combine ice cream, tequila and a habanero pepper (not recommended).

Cheers,
C-a-L

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• Mudge,
Oh no … Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence sounds horrible … and for me (being lactose intolerant), all it takes is a milk shake.

Meanwhile, thanks for the congrats and for being one of those who drops by when they can!

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30. I really enjoyed Shania, thanks Frank!

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31. Oooh, numbers day. I like those. The humble six: so diverse.
Happy blogiversary, Frank. Love the song. I’m coming to the party with fizz and fruit.

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• Annie,
Thanks for the congrats and glad you enjoyed my tributes to numbers … but single-digits numbers are difficult because there is so much! … but still fun to put together.

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32. Happy Blogiversary Frank!
This was definitely a call for interrupting the pause button.
THANK YOU for always sharing your charm, lovable personality & humor with us.
{HUGS}

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33. WOW!… 6 is certainly a Magic number… What an interesting collection of 6’s and their originals… Loved this post.. and even more so that it’s your 6th Anniversary.. CONGRATULATIONS!…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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• Sue,
Ah ha … at least you picked up on the fact of why I selected 6 … thus many thanks!

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• Lorna,
I do posts featuring numbers, but small numbers are difficult because of the amount of information. Oh well … but I noticed how I tossed in the anniversary at the end … and some didn’t notice.

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