On 31

This week is a big one is our household because my wife’s last day of work is Thursday. Yep, after 31 years with a major company that is well-known around the world, she’s retiring. To say she’s looking forward to retirement would be an understatement. She worked hard to be a highly valued employee, but she’s ready to move on to the next phase of her life.

Although the week will end with our wedding anniversary, this post is a salute to her retirement – which also means I’m preparing another salute to a different number.

Life will be an adjustment for both of us, but we’ve been a team for a long time – so the new available time should be fun. A tip of the hat to my partner in life – the one I’ve loved for a long time.

In Language
31 – Tridhjetenjë (Albanian), Třicet jedna (Czech), Enogtredive (Danish), Kolmkümmend üks (Estonian), 30 En (Swedish), Tiga puluh (Indonesian), and XXXI (Roman numerals). Do you have others?


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In Mathematics
31 – a natural number, an odd integer that is only divisible by 1 and itself

31 – a third Mersenne prime, the fourth primorial prime, the twin prime of 29. The fourth lucky prime, the 11th supersingular prime, a centered triangular number, a centered decagonal number, the lowest prime centered pentagonal number, the lowest possible Steiner topology for Steiner trees with 4 terminals, a repdigit in base 2 and base 5

In Chemistry
The atomic number of gallium – so a single neutrally charged atom of gallium has 31 protons and 31 electrons

In Biology
31 – the number of pairs of spinal nerves in humans

31 – the number of pairs of chromosomes in donkeys, gypsy moths, and giraffes


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In Astronomy
Messier object M31 is in the constellation Andromeda and is readily visible to the naked eye in a modestly dark sky.

The New General Catalogue object NGC 31, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Phoenix

31 Orionis is a star in the constellation Orion – 31 Leonis is a star in the constellation Leo – and many more 31s throughout the galaxy

In Geography
31st parallel north crosses land of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Japan, Mexico, and the United States

31st parallel south crosses land of South Africa, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil,

31st meridian east crosses land of Norway, Russia, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, and Swaziland

31st meridian west only crosses land in Greenland

31st Street in New York City begins at the West Side Yard, and ends at Second Avenue at Kips Bay Towers and NYU Medical Center

Chicago as a 31st Street Beach

Virginia Beach’s 31st Street Park has an outdoor stage for movies, concerts, and shows

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In History
Papyrus 31, an early copy of the New Testament in Greek, dates back to 7th century

31st US President was Herbert Hoover

31st Congress met 1849-1851 during presidential terms of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore

Federalist No. 31, an essay by Alexander Hamilton (pseudonym Publius), is the second of seven essays on taxation

Year 31 CE
A common year starting on Monday

Berber calendar year 981, Assyrian calendar year 4781, Coptic calendar year −253 – −252
A possible year for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Year 31 BC
Either a common year starting on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or a leap year starting on Tuesday or Wednesday

Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian becomes Roman Consul for the third time

Roman Civil War: Battle of Actium: Off the western coast of Greece, Octavian Caesar defeats the naval forces under Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII

The fortress Masada completed in the Judean Desert

By some scholars, the Hellenistic period ends

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In Sports
In Super Bowl XXXI, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21 on January 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, and Desmond Howard won the MVP

31 – a common number worn by Ice hockey goalies

Retired #31 jerseys

  • (MLB) Dave Winfield (Padres), Ferguson Jenkins (Cubs), Greg Maddux (Cubs and Braves), Mike Piazza (Mets)
  • (NBA) Cedric Maxwell (Celtics), Reggie Miller (Pacers)
  • (NHL) Grant Fuhr (Oilers), Billy Smith (Islanders)
  • (NFL) William Andrews (Falcons), Jim Taylor (Saints)

In 1,071 NASCAR races, car #31 has won 7 times: Jeff Burton (4) and Robby Gordon (3) – plus finished in the top 5 87 times

In Entertainment
Seinfeld episode #31 (season 3) “The Pez Dispenser” first aired 15 January 1992

31 – an American independent horror film (2016) written and directed by Rob Zombie

31 – a card game

31 – a type of game played on a backgammon board

31 Songs, a book by Nick Hornby

Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 31

Symphony No. 31: Paris by Mozart

Symphony No. 31 by Joseph Haydn is also known as Hornsignal

Ludwig van Beethoven composed Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Opus 31 No. 1 and Piano Sonata No. 16 in D Minor, Opus 31 No. 2 – the latter is also known as The Tempest (click to hear the Allegreto)

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In Business
31 – the number of flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream; which is called 31 Ice Cream in Japan

31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh offers studio production and management

31 Gifts (actually Thirty-One Gifts) is a party and gift consultant organization

The number of days in the months January, March, May, July, August, October and December

The code for international direct-dial phone calls to the Netherlands

There are 31 letters in the Cyrillic alphabet

In French the expression trente et un (31) refers to someone who is well dressed

31 years is roughly a billion seconds

31 (XXXI): a women’s honorary at The University of Alabama

31-bit integers – a component of computer architecture introduced in 1983 for mainframes

Music has a 31-tone equal temperament tuning system

J31 – the first jet engine produced in quantity in the United States (by GE)

82 thoughts on “On 31

  1. First of all, congratulations to Mrs. aFa, Frank. I wish her lovely grind-free years. The world sure was different in 1985 when she started working at that major company. And back then, Donald Trump’s hair was comb-over, Aquanet and corn cob yellow-free.

    My favorite factoid was “31 years is roughly a billion seconds”. I have to share that one with Godsend tomorrow while The Boss is attending a light bulb convention. I’m sure we’ll both have fun with that!


    • Lame,
      She will see the best wishes. 31 years ago also means no email, no voice mail, no PCs, much of the work still done by hand, and so many people working that finding a parking spot was difficult.

      Meanwhile, the mice at The Grind seem to be ready to play with the cat away. Enjoy!


  2. Thirty-one years is a long time to stay in one place Frank – I also would tip my hat [if I had one on] to your Right Angle! I tell everyone how wonderful ‘retirement’ is – I am quietly busy and content every day and have no idea how I ever found time to hold down a career! It will be like one long holiday for you both I’m sure!


  3. Hi Frank! What a milestone in your lives! I think that’s so awesome that she worked there for 31 years! I wish her nothing but happiness in her next phase of life – hope it includes lots of dancing and travel! All the best to you both 🙂


  4. I’m really happy for your wife to have earned retirement! Thirty-one years with one company is very impressive. I’ve been at my current job for 15 years and I’ve felt like that was a major achievement! It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed with one job, and that’s half of her years. So I admire your wife for the commitment she’s made, and wish you both well in the transition. I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy yourselves! You have outdone yourself with focusing on “31” and I don’t know if I knew even one of these facts! I am very impressed wth your collection! Well done!


    • Debra,
      Many thanks. A company like hers offers many opportunities to grew – and she took advantage of that. She also worked hard at it. I recall her time on a job that was very demanding. She thrived at it, but also knew what it was time to move on from it. Meanwhile, I’m sure you knew that Baskins-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. …. Psst … the next collection is longer.


  5. Happy retirement for your wife and for you both. This is great and also so meaningful to work 31 years in the same company. Congratulations. I love your number informations, Thank you dear Frank, Blessing and Happiness for you both, Love, nia


  6. Happy retirement, to your wife, Frank! Here’s to a new chapter in your lives for more joy and adventure and yes, more time for each other! 🙂 Cheers to that! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
    Happy Wednesday and rest of the week, my friend. 🙂


    • Marina,
      The first page of the new chapter starts on Friday – which also means we can have a dance lessons at any time of the day we want! For her, retiring with spring and summer just ahead is good because she hates winter.


  7. Happy retirement and happy anniversary! That’s quite an accomplishment and I’m sure you both are looking forward to more time together. Love the Pez episode on Sienfeld. Always interesting here..always. Cheers!


  8. Congratulations to Mrs. Angle! Happy Retirement to both of you! And Happy Anniversary, too! I’m echoing Marina with the cheers and wine. 🙂
    You might remember that my husband retired last June after thirty-seven years of teaching (at the same school). He’s kept busy with part-time work and jobs around the house, but it’s been nice to have the flexibility to do things or go places when we want to.


  9. My congratulations to Mrs. Frank for her retirement after 31 years of dedicated service to her major international company employer. As for life requiring an adjustment for you both, I have no doubt you’ll handle it fine without resorting to the solution a former school athletic director’s wife (you know the AD) laid out upon his retirement – “I don’t care what you do in your retirement as long as you’re gone by nine and return by four.” ALSO – a big CONGRATS to you both for your upcoming wedding anniversary!


    • Tim,
      Many thanks for the congrats and the best wishes. I’m sure she’s looking forward to playing more golf! Now that’s an interesting retirement directive from Mrs. AD. What a hoot!


    • Kerry,
      Many thanks, Kerry! Happy, productive, and (I’ll add) healthy … definitely the three ingredients for retirement. About 2 years ago we attended a 4-hour retirement workshop – but – it wasn’t about financial … it was about all the other stuff such as happy and productive. Great advice!


  10. Congratulations for your wife on her retirement and to both of you on your anniversary. It will certainly be a big change for both of you. I’ve already told my husband that when he retires, he will have to get another job, else we will drive each other insane.


    • Catherine,
      Thanks for the congrats. Your approach made me laugh as I think of a friend who is still working at his profession at 70 … but I tell him that he has to keep working to finance the travel his wife always plans for them.

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  11. My timing is off. I wanted to be the 31st person to like this blog. However, I must get to work, so I can retire someday. Plus, it would just be good manners to leave the 31st position open for someone else to take. I’ll be the 29th.

    Congratulations over there!


  12. Like Jim Ruebush, I retired twice as well. The first career was 22 years and the second 17. In my case, retirement gave me the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of life, and the time to pursue knowledge. Leisure is not all it’s cracked up to be, but I know I don’t have to tell you that, Frank, nor your wife either. Travel eventually wears out, but contact with lively minds never does. IMHO.


    • Jim,
      Good advice. She’s an avid reader, so that keep her mind going. We’ll let you know when travel gets boring or wears us out. Thanks for taking the time to congratulate her.


  13. Only from Frank could I find out the number of pairs of chromosomes in donkeys, gypsy moths, and giraffes! I’ll tuck that tidbit away for future use. Best of luck to your wife with her retirement. Sounds like you two make a great team.


  14. Congratulations and best wishes to your wife on her retirement. After 31 years, she’s really earned it. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have quite the celebration with your wedding anniversary falling at the same time. Thanks for the fascinating info. I’ve often wondered about the number of pairs of chromosomes in donkeys, gypsy moths, and giraffes. 😆


  15. This is the most positive view of retirement I’ve ever come across. I can hardly wait!!!!!
    Congrats, Mrs. Frank Angle (& Frank), and have the time of your lives. ⭐


  16. Congratulations on retirement to your wife and to your anniversary! Your post is a fine tribute to her! Since you have been partners all these years I am sure you will do will in retirement pursuing you own interests


  17. Thanks to all of you bloggers for the kind wishes in my new retirement life. If the Frank Angle disappears from the web for awhile, it will either because we’re having such a good time that he’s never home, or our constant togetherness resulted in a homicide! I’m hoping for the former.


    • TRA,
      The bloggers here are a very kind, so the fact that took the time to write best wishes isn’t surprising. … but I’m hoping are will also remember this comment as they may be called to testify at the trial.


  18. Congratulations to your wife! What an accomplishment. Just think now of all the very cool, very awesome things ya’ll can do with the time you have. I am I think envious of you just a tad bit.

    This was quite fun, this 31.


    • Val,
      Many thanks for the congrats. I’m sure time will require an adjustment for both of us, but I’m confident it will work. For my wife’s sake, I’m glad she has the days of spring, summer, and early fall ahead!

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