On 39

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April 2, 1977 – that was the day of our wedding in a Cleveland (Ohio) suburb. It was cross-state from my home, but a good group of my family and friends attended.

I graduated the previous June, then came to Cincinnati for my first job. She graduated a few weeks before the wedding, then joined me in Cincinnati after our honeymoon in Hilton Head, SC.

Since then, she knows I love trivia – or in her terms – useless information – this is the perfect post for our celebration – more useless information the number 39 in one place than one ever imagined. Yep – I’m quite the romantic.

In Language
Тридесет девет (Bulgarian), Trenta nove (Italian), Tridsať deväť (Slovak), Trettio nio (Swedish), Ba mươi chín (Vietnamese), XXXIX (Roman numerals) … Know any others?

In Mathematics
39 – a natural number, an odd integer that is divisible by 1, 3, 13, and 39

39 – a distinct semiprime number, a Perfect totient number, a Perrin number, Størmer number

39 – the number of edges on a F26A graph

39 – the sum of consecutive primes (3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13) and the product of the second and sixth prime (3 x 13)

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In Chemistry
39 – the atomic number of yttrium, whose neutrally charged atom has 39 protons and 39 electrons

In Biology
Brodmann area 39 (BA39) – part of the human brain’s parietal cortex

39 – Number of chromosome pairs in the cells of African wild dogs, Chickens, Coyotes, Dholes, Dingos, Dogs, Doves, and Golden Jackal

In Astronomy
39 – the Saros series number for 73 lunar eclipses over 1298.1 years

39 – the star number that is in many constellations including Andromeda, Aquarius, Auriga, Boötes,Cancer, Draco, Eridanus, and more

In Religion
39 – according to Halakha, the number of activity categories prohibited on Shabbat

39 – the number of mentions of work or labor in the Torah

39 – the actual number of lashes given by the Sanhedrin to a person meted the punishment of 40 lashes

39 – according to Protestant canon, the number of books in the Old Testament

39 – the number of statements in Anglican Church doctrine known as the Thirty-Nine Articles

Papyrus 39 – an early papyrus manuscript of the New Testament in Greek of the Gospel of John, but only John 8:14-22

Psalm 39 (Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness)

39 – other than numerical designations for pages, chapters, etc, 39 does not directly appear in the Bible

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In Arts and Entertainment
39 – Comedian Jack Benny’s perpetual age after 40

39th Tony Awards – winner include Biloxi Blues, Big River, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

In Literature
The Thirty-Nine Steps – a novel by John Buchan (1915), which has been transformed into multiple films (info later), a play, a television feature, and a video game

The 39 Clues – a book series revolving around 39 clues hidden around the world.

Sonnet 39 by William Shakespeare

In Television
39 – the number of days contestants compete on Survivor (the CBS reality show)

39 – the number of episodes done the 1955-1956 season of The Honeymooners (commonly referred to as the “Classic 39”).

The 39 Steps is a 2008 BBC adventure feature-length adaptation of the John Buchan novel The Thirty-Nine Steps

39th Emmys – winners included Golden Girls (Best Comedy) and L.A. Law (Best Drama)

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In Film
Based on The Thirty-Nine Steps – the novel by John Buchan (1915) – are four versions:

  • The 39 Steps (1935 film), directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The 39 Steps (1959 film), directed by Ralph Thomas
  • The Thirty Nine Steps (1978 film), directed by Don Sharp
  • The 39 Steps (2008 film), directed by James Hawes

Glorious 39 – a 2009 drama film set at the beginning of World War II

39th Academy Awards – Oscars go to A Man for All Seasons (Best Picture), Fred Zinnemann (Best Actor), and Elizabeth Taylor (Best Actress)

39 Steps (band), a rock band appearing in Woody Allen’s film Hannah and Her Sisters

In Music
39 – a song by The Cure and Tenacious D

FabricLive.39 – a 2008 mix album by DJ Yoda

Fabric 39 – a 2008 album by Robert Hood.

39 Steps – an album by guitarist John Abercrombie (2013)

Now 39 (aka Now That’s What I Call Music! 39) – the 39th release of music featuring top singles i the UK.

Symphony No. 39 in G minor – written by Joseph Haydn 1767/1768)

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In World History
39 – Forty save one: the traditional number of times citizens of Ancient Rome hit their slaves

39 – the duration (in nanoseconds) of the nuclear reaction in the largest nuclear explosion ever (the Russian Tsar Bomba detonated on 30 October 1961)

39 – the number of Scud missiles Iraq fired at Israel during the Gulf War (1991)

Year 39 CE

  • A common year starting on Thursday
  • Tigellinus, minister and favorite of the Roman emperor Nero, is banished for adultery with Caligula’s sisters.
  • Philo leads a Jewish delegation to Rome to protest the anti-Jewish conditions in Alexandria.
  • The Trung Sisters resist the Chinese influences in Vietnam.
  • Born – Lucan (Roman poet) and Titus Flavius (future Roman emperor)
  • Deaths – Seneca the Elder (Roman rhetorician)

Year 39 BC

  • A common year starting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or a leap year starting on Saturday
  • Sextus Pompey (self-proclaimed “son of Neptune”) controlled Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica
  • Born – Antonia Major (daughter of Mark Antony, grandmother of Nero and Messalin),
    Julia the Elder (daughter of Caesar Augustus)

In US History
39 – the number of signers to the United States Constitution

39th President of the United States – Jimmy Carter

Number 39 – the Federalist Paper essay by James Madison describing the nature of the United States government as a new idea. (The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles,
published January 18, 1788)

Title 39 – the United States Code outlining the role of United States Postal Service

39th Congress – served from 4 March 1865 – 4 March 1867 during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln (1 month) and Andrew Johnson

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In Sports
39 – the number of wooden boards normally consisting a bowling lane

Retired #39 Uniforms
MLB – Roy Campanella (Dodgers)
NFL – Larry Csonka (Dolphins)
NBA – none
NHL – Dominik Hašek (Sabres)

Super Bowl XXXIX – New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 on February 6, 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida

NASCAR #39 – in 422 races, #39 won 4 races (all by Ryan Newman)

In Geography
39th Parallel north – crosses land in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, China, North Korea, Japan, and United States

39th Parallel south – crosses land in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina

39th Meridian west – crosses land in Greenland and Brazil

39 Meridian east – crosses in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique

National Highway 39 – found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany
India, Iran, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States

Pier 39 – a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco, California

I-39 – a US interstate highway from Normal, Illinois to Wausau, Wisconsin

In Miscellaneous
The 39 Steps is video game adaptation of Buchan’s book

39 – the international code for direct-dialed phone calls to Italy

ICL Series 39 – a range of mainframe and minicomputer computer systems released by the UK manufacturer ICL in 1985

Curse of 39 – the belief in some parts of Afghanistan that the number 39 is cursed or a badge of shame associated with prostitution

39 – Japanese Internet chat slang for “Thank You” when written with numbers (3=San 9=Kyuu)

Lace – the traditional gift for a 39th wedding anniversary

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69 thoughts on “On 39

  1. Happy Anniversary to you and Ms. Angle! Hope you have a wonderful day of celebration!
    I would have been upset if you hadn’t included The 39 Steps–but I had no idea there were so many versions. Here’s one you might not know about, but I know you’re old enough to remember Alistair Cooke. 🙂

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    • Audra,
      As I mentioned, more than anyone wants to know about the number 39 – but that OK because this salute to the number was about a celebration. 😀 … Thanks for cheers and best wishes!

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  2. Pretty incredible write-up – must have taken a lot of research. You should be celebrating with your wife instead! Congratulations, Frank, seriously, that’s wonderful.

    My only 39 tidbit is that Coco Laboy wore this jersey for the Expos back when the team started up. Oh so long ago.

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      • I just realized that I viewed the earlier, Robert Donat version, probably in the early ’50s. The stagecoach didn’t always reach my little town on time. As a 6 to 10-year-old, it was ‘intriguing’ – one of the better WWII movies floating around. I’d be interested to see how they’ve later adapted it, especially in the 2002 version. ❓

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  3. Congrats to you! I appreciate the amount of time and thought you put into these collections.

    Here are a few more ways to say 39:

    BRAILLE (the first figure, which looks like a backward ‘L’ indicates that the rest is a number):

    ASL (American Sign Language):

    Erik

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    • OK, well, it appears embedded image links are not allowed! Let’s try again with just links, for those who might be interested:

      BRAILLE (the first figure, which looks like a backward ‘L’ indicates that the rest is a number):

      ASL (American Sign Language):

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    • Eric,
      Many for the kind words … and many more thanks for the additional information. I see that the images worked in the next comment – which is perfect. Love additional information with the number salutes!

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  4. Happy [belated] Anniversary, Frank! Sending you my warmest wishes and:
    💐💐💐 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐 + 🍷🍷🍷 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
    with
    😀😀😀 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀 !!! !!!!!!!!!

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    • Marina,
      Thank you. Last week was a whirlwind, but #39 was a good one. For my wife’s first Monday off, we hope to go into the city so she can see (for the first time) the festivities for the start of baseball season. A huge event here. The weather is a little cool, but warm enough.

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    • Val,
      Many thanks … and belated wishes are always welcome. I’ve got two numbers in my head to research for the months ahead. …. hmmmmmm … Speaking of music, Elyse offered the song that I should have included in the post.

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  5. How interesting… as I read your post I remembered the film `The Thirty-Nine Steps´…
    Also, just an additional note. we say treinta y nueve in Spanish and in french it is trente-neuf…
    I hope you enjoy your Spring Break, dear Frank… Sending love and best wishes. Aquileana 🌞

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    • Maria,
      Outstanding additions to the languages … many thanks. … and you aren’t the only reader who remembered that movie.

      Meanwhile, thanks for the best wishes, and it’s been getting around to visiting others again!

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  6. Very belated but warm anniversary wishes to you both! I hope you are enjoying your break and your wife her well earned retirement. Stay healthy and happy 🙂

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    • Madhu,
      My wife is still adjusting, but at least she has spring weather for her initial time … and of course summer around the corner … so warmer weather will help her get into the new rhythm. … Many thanks for the anniversary wishes. 🙂

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