On 37

Long-time visitors here know I occasionally toast a specific number in honor of an occasion. Although it was in April, this is a toast to our thirty-seven years of marriage. Feel free to add any other notes about thirty-seven (37). With this, I raise my glass to the my dance partner and friend – fellow golfer, wine & food enthusiast – my handbell-playing wife.

In Mathematics

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From cooltext.com

37 is the 12th prime number, the fifth lucky prime, the first irregular prime, the third unique prime, the third cuban prime of the form, and a Stormer number

37, along with 38, are the first pair of consecutive positive integers not divisible by any of their digits

37 is the only two digit number in base 10 whose product, when multiplied by two, subtracted by one, and then read backwards, equals the original two digit number: 37×2=74, 74-1=73, 73 backwards is 37

37 is the only two digit number in base 10 with the following property: The difference between the two digits equals the square root of the difference between the number itself and the least common multiple of the two digits

In Science
37 is the atomic number of rubidium, whose neutral atom contains 37 protons and 37 electrons

37 is the normal human body temperature in degrees Celsius

At 37 weeks, the developing baby, with its average vitals of 6.3 pounds and 19 inches long with a ½ inch to an inch of hair, is approaching full term

Messier object M37, a magnitude 6.0 open cluster in the constellation Auriga

The New General Catalogue object NGC 37, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Phoenix

Kepler-37b is the smallest known planet

Pliny’s Natural History in 37 books

In Language
Trenta setta (Italian), Kolmkümmend seitse (Estonian), Siebenunddreißig (German), Tiga puluh tujuh (Indonesian), Trettio sju (Swedish), Тридесет седем (Bulgarian), XXXVII (Roman numeral)

In Sports
Retired #37 professional sports jerseys

  • MLB – Casey Stengel (Yankees & Mets)
  • NFL – Doak Walker (Lions), Jimmy Johnson (49ers)
  • NBA – none
  • NHL – none

In NASCAR, car #37 has been in 470 races, but only won once (Bobby Isaac)

Super Bowl XXXVII, 26 January 2003, in San Diego, CA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Oakland Raiders 48-21

In Entertainment
37th Academy Awards (1964) with My Fair Lady winning 8 Oscars from its 13 nominations

37th Grammy Awards (1995) with Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen) as Song of the Year

37th Tony Awards (1983) with Cats winning Best Musical

The 37th Daytime Emmy Awards (2010)

The 37th People’s Choice Awards (2011)

Mozart Symphony No. 37; Nocturne, Opus 37 (Chopin), Haydn’s Symphony No. 37

37 Days is a BBC documentary drama

In Literature
The number of plays William Shakespeare is thought to have written (counting Henry IV as three parts)

Books include Thirty-Seven Days of Peril, The 37th Amendment, Thirty-Seven: Essay on Life, Wisdom, & Masculinity, and a host of books about cooking, crafts, pets, and whatever

The protagonist in the book This Number Speaks is named Thirty-Seven

In Geography
Municipal Okrug #37, name of Yugo-Zapad Municipal Okrug of Krasnoselsky District of Saint Petersburg, Russia, before 2009

+37 was the international dialing code of the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany)

Highway 37 are found in Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, UK, and United States

37th Parallel North

  • Crosses Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Japan, USA, Portugal, and Spain
  • Serves as the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas while serving as the northern borders of Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

37th Parallel South crosses Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Chile

37th Meridian East crosses Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique

37th Meridian West crosses Greenland, Brazil, South Georgia, The Sandwich Islands, and Antarctica

Specifically USA
37th US Congress served the first two years of Abraham Lincoln’s term (1861-1863)

37th US President was Richard Nixon

Nebraska is the 37th state admitted

Number Thirty-Seven is an unincorporated community in Pennsylvania

I-37 is a 143-mile highway in Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi

In World History
Year 37 (XXXVII)

  • A common year starting on Tuesday
  • Buddhist calendar year 581, Berber calendar year 987, and Korean calendar year 2370
  • Tiberius, Roman Emperor dies
  • The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’s will and proclaims Caligula Roman Emperor
  • An earthquake destroys Antioch
  • Saint Peter founds the Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Probable year of the conversion of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus to Christianity
  • Nero, a future Roman Emperor, is born
  • Josephus, a Jewish historian, is born

Year 37 BC

  • Burmese calendar year 674, Holocene calendar year 9964, Thai Solar calendar year 507
  • Mark Antony reorganized Asia Minor under strongmen loyal to him
  • Romans conquer Jerusalem from the Parthians
  • Herod the Great becomes king of Judea
  • Thousands of Jews slaughtered by Roman troops supporting Herod
  • Jing Fang born, Chinese mathematician and music theorist

In Religion
37 Great Nats traditionally worshiped in Burma

Psalm 37

Papyrus 37 is the name of an early copy of the New Testament written in Greek

The number of slots in European Roulette (numbered 0 to 36, the 00 is not used in
European roulette as it is in American roulette)

37 is an unused TV channel in countries using M&N broadcast system standards, thus Channel 37 is commonly used in fiction

Aircrafts include Cessna T-37 Tweet, A-37 Dragonfly, Beechcraft AQM-37 Jayhawk, and the Boeing X-37

The number most people state when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100

Soyuz 37 was a manned space flight in 1980

37 Coins is a bitcoin wallet provider based in California

Alabaster is the traditional, 37th anniversary gift

74 thoughts on “On 37

    • Dale,
      Most of the time, I’ve been doing these numbers around birthday’s (primarily mine, and a few of my wife’s) and our anniversary … and every once awhile special celebration for whatever. They are fun to put together, but actually a collection for trivia lovers.

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  1. Congratulations on your 37 + years with the obviously lovely Mrs A Frank Angle. May you both continue to glide about the dance floor, ring those bells and eat, drink and be merry every weekend for many more years to come!

    Whilst all the info on the number 37 is most interesting and some of it even intriguing, my mind is full of what I must tell you of my trip to the supermarket this afternoon. As you know, it was my intention to hunt down a packet of biscuits* that look like your ‘Fig Newtons’ and reacquaint myself with the name – but alas Frank – THERE WERE NONE TO BE FOUND!

    * I call the things you call cookies ‘biscuits’ the things you call biscuits we call ‘scones’ or ‘flat breads’. Ah, language differences!

    I walked up and down the biscuit aisle at least three times. I examined every packet there. I have to admit to being startled at how much naming and packaging has changed in the years since last walked that aisle – I recognised very little. There is less variety than there was, most biscuits look the same and only the brightly coloured packaging is different. But many of my old favourites are missing in action. Where are the malt biscuits? The gingernuts? The Lemon Creams? There are a pile of US imports which seems dreadful to me when we once had our very own huge biscuit factory that I once worked at in the school holidays ….. and which has now apparently all but closed down. Now oreos and suchlike adorn our shelves. God knows what is in them if they can survive the journey and the delousing they must go through on entering this country. I wouldn’t recommend any one eat them!

    But all is not lost Frank as my tale is not yet done. I left the supermarket and called into my local organic store. I gathered up my bits and pieces and went to the counter. There in a big, individually wrapped pile lay the biscuits that you call ‘Fig Newtons’ and we, dear Frank, call ’em ‘Fruit Rolls’ even though they are not rolls. Apparently this is because ‘Fig Newtons’ is a trademark and therefore our version must euphemistically become ‘fruit’. Why ‘Roll’? I don’t know! I was almost tempted to purchase one! They looked very nice 🙂


    • Pauline,
      Wow … you did a lot of work to answer my question … so first of all, cheers to your efforts.

      Products today are so worldwide, thus the more local products have gone by the wayside. Nabisco (maker of Oreo’s) is part of a larger US company that sells products worldwide … so I imagine they also produce worldwide.

      I think Nestle (a Swiss company) is the largest food product producer in the world … and they have many labels. Then again, I know don’t eat packaged/processed foods.

      Meanwhile, glad the Fruit Rolls tempted you … so congrats on avoiding the temptation! 😉

      Many thanks for the best wishes to us. Although she hasn’t commented in some time, she calls herself The Right Angle … butt I don’t understand why. 😉

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  2. 37 years good going Frank… but I have to add the most important 37 is your years of marriage. … but that is a lot of info on the number… going to have to go back over it again… I’m not going to show this to Linda as she will want me to do it all for our 41 years and it just seems a lot of research…


  3. Happy anniversary, Frank. I wish you and your wife many more. I was scouring YouTube for a video with 37 for you and I came up with this one: http://youtu.be/9YbWZtsEZKI I think the use of 37 in the title might actually add weight to it being “the number most people state when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100”. As fond as I am of you, I’ve had a long day and I’m not going to count how many time this cat actually meowed.


    • Lame,
      Being one who enjoys pets, and we had cats, the video made me laugh. Regarding the number of meows, I counted, but to get the exact number, I would have to listen with quiet headphones … but I can say with certainty that the number is close tot the title. … many thank on the congrats, but I can’t recall the last time someone asked me to state a number from 0 to 100.


  4. Immediately, upon seeing the title of your post, I jumped to the conclusion that you had finally found that which explorers had searched for again and again in the last millennium; the fountain of youth… and that you were proudly celebrating your 37th birthday again with us, your friends. I was thinking of a little birthday poem as I opened your blog post. Though I was a bit too optimistic,I must say that the union between two lovers gives birth to a new soul that both of them share in common. And so I share your joy and send my love and best wishes to the two of you on the birthday of your shared existence.


  5. …and funnily enough it is supposed to be the number people are most likely to say when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100! However, the best celebration is of course your anniversary [so, you’ve been celebrating it seven months now!!!!! 😉 just as well! May you celebrate it each and every day of your lives – with love.


  6. Following, in order of finish, are my “What Hit Me In The Face First” awards for your Number 37 post:

    1st Place: “The number of slots in European Roulette (numbered 0 to 36, the 00 is not used in
    European roulette as it is in American roulette).”

    2nd Place: “The number of plays William Shakespeare is thought to have written (counting Henry IV as three parts).”

    3rd Place: “Papyrus 37 is the name of an early copy of the New Testament written in Greek.”

    Honorable Mention: “37 Days is a BBC documentary drama.”


  7. Congratulations to you and Right Angle, Frank! That’s an impressive number of years to swirl around the dance floor together.

    As a math-phobe, I have to admit that I find these number posts fascinating! Thanks for the education, Frank. And the fact that there is no quiz.


  8. WOW… first Frank Many congratulations upon your 37 yrs of togetherness… loved all those facts too about the number associations. 🙂 And my body temperature is just about reaching 37 as I put on the heating here in frosty England today.. 🙂 Have a great Anniversary Both of you..


  9. What a romantic ol’ thing you are, Frank my man! 🙂 Congrats to you and Mrs. A. Behind every good man is a really good woman, so Mrs. A. must be outstanding. I was going to mention Psalm 37 (one of my favorite psalms) but on my reread I discovered you beat me to it. In any case, happy “early” or “belated” anniversary (whichever way you want to look at it).


    • E-Tom,
      Many thanks for the kind words & flattery. 😉 In this case, your greeting would not be “early” because our 37th was last April Glad I included one of your favorite psalms. … so hi many years is it for WW. & you.


      • We are just slightly behind you: married 35 years but fell in love 41 years ago in spite of serious opposition. Best gift from God to me. All good things that have ever happened to me has stemmed from marrying this man. He is the kindest, sweetest, most steadfast individual I’ve ever met.


  10. Congratulations to you and the Mrs. for a beautiful occasion – it’s the specialness of a relationship and what you have achieved together that so few people today will be able to enjoy themselves. It’s a wonderful celebration!


  11. You’ve listed far too many #37 notes. I didn’t want to add too much pressure to my brain of 37%. LOLOL This is a fun way to bring up an anniversary even if it’s 7 months later. No sense in celebrating just one day. I celebrate my birthday for a whole month. I may have to adapt the whole year version for my special occasions.
    Many years of special moments to you and your beloved … May your days always be filled with love. Congrtaulations to you both !!!! 😍 💖


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