On 9

In Language
Nine (English), Nove (Italian), negen (Dutch), Sembilan (Indonesian), Ni (Norwegian), Nouă (Romanian), Sagaal (Somali), IX (Roman numeral)

In Mathematics
9 – the highest single-digit number

9 – divisible by only 1, 3, and 9

9 – a Cardinal number, natural number, integer, composite number, Motzkin number, a positive perfect power, exponential factorial,

9 – a perfect square (of 3), yet 9 squared is 81

9-sided polygon is a nonagon (Latin) or enneagon (Greek)

Six recurring 9s appear in the decimal places 762 through 767 of pi

In Culture
In Indian culture, Navaratri is a nine-day festival dedicated to the nine forms of Durga

In Chinese culture, 9 is considered a good number because it sounds the same as the word “long-lasting”

In Ancient Egypt, the nine bows represents the traditional enemies of Ancient Egypt

In European culture, the Nine Worthies are nine historical, or semi-legendary figures who, in the Middle Ages, were believed to personify the ideals of chivalry

In Norse mythology, the universe is divided into nine worlds which are all connected by the world tree Yggdrasil

In Greek mythology, the nine Muses in Greek mythology are Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (erotic poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (song), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy)

In Idioms (9 of them)

  • “Go the whole nine yards”
  • “A cat has nine lives”
  • “On cloud nine”
  • “A stitch in time saves nine”
  • Found true 9 out of 10 times”
  • “Possession is 9 tenths of the law”
  • “Dressed to the nines”
  • “Nine-day wonder”
  • “A 9-to-5 attitude”

In Literature (9 facts about nine/9 in literature )

  • The 9 circles of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • The Nine Bright Shiners, characters in Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy
  • The Nine Tailors, a 1934 mystery novel by British writer Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Nine Unknown Men are the custodians of the sciences of the world since ancient times
  • There are nine rings of power given to men, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth
  • The Fellowship of the Ring consists of nine companions
  • 9 Garde sent to Earth.in Lorien Legacies
  • Number Nine, a character in Lorien Legacies
  • Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

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

In Religion
9 – revered in Hinduism as a complete, perfected, and divine number

9 virtues of Buddhism: Accomplished, Perfectly Enlightened, Endowed with knowledge and Conduct or Practice, Well-gone or Well-spoken, the Knower of worlds, the Guide Unsurpassed of men to be tamed, the Teacher of gods and men, Enlightened, and Blessed

In Judaism, the Nine Days (Tisha HaYamim) are the first 9 days of Av leading up to the 9th day when both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed

In Norse Mythology, Odin hung himself on an ash tree for nine days to learn the runes

9 – the number of choirs of angels in the In the Christian angelic hierarchy

In Islam, Ramadan (the month of fasting and prayer) is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar

In Science
9 – the atomic number for fluorine, who’s neutral atom consists of 9 protons and 9 electrons

9 – number of planets in the our solar system (if including pluto)

9 – the number of months of human pregnancy

In Sports
Retired #9 Jerseys

  • MLB: Reggie Jackson, (A’s), Bill Mazeroski (Pirates), Roger Maris (Yankees), Minnie Minoso (White Sox), Enos Slaughter (Cardinals), Ted Williams (Red Sox),
  • NBA: Bob Petit (Hawks), Dan Majerle (Suns), Larry Miller (Jazz)
  • NFL: none
  • NHL: Glenn Anderson (Oilers), Andy Bathgate (Rangers), Johnny Bucyk (Bruins), Charlie Conacher (Maple Leafs, Clark Gillies (Islanders), Adam Graves (Rangers), Gordie Howe (Red Wings), Bobby Hull (Blackhawks), Ted Kennedy (Maple Leafs), Lanny MacDonald (Flames), Mike Modano (Stars), Maurice Richard (Canadiens)

Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6; January 12, 1975; Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

NASCAR
09 – In 275 races, 1 win (Larry Manning)
9 – In 1544 races, 53 wins: Bill Elliott (38), Kasey Kaine (11)

Billiards: 9 ball – a billiards game played with 9 balls and the “9-ball) begins in the center of the rack

9 – In rugby league, the jersey number assigned to the hooker.

9- In rugby union, the number worn by the starting scrum-half.

Baseball

  • 9 players on the field including per team
  • 9 innings in a standard Major League game
  • 9 represents the right fielder’s position.

In Music (9 songs with nine/9 in the title)

  • 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton)
  • 9-1-1 (Eminem)
  • About a Quarter to Nine (Al Jolson)
  • Angel #9 (Pure Prairie League)
  • Cloud Nine (Temptations)
  • If 6 Was 9 (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Nine Lives (Def Leppard)
  • Nine Tonight (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band)
  • Public Animal No. 9 (Alice Cooper)

9 Miscellaneous Facts about Nine

  • This numeral resembles an inverted 6
  • 9 justices sit on the United States Supreme Court
  • Stanines scores range from 1 to 9
  • In the NATO phonetic alphabet, the digit 9 is called “Niner”
  • 9th US President: William Henry Harrison
  • US Constitution’s 9th Amendment deals with unenumerated rights
  • K-9 unit – canine (dog) unit in police departments
  • Five-digit produce PLU codes that begin with 9 are organic
  • November comes from the Latin word “novem” meaning nine

This is not an exhaustive list about nine – but it is enough to celebrate the occasion. Happy 9th Anniversary on WordPress for me.

…. and Happy Birthday Shania.

 

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On Celebrating 1500

1500Celebration

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening wherever you are. From the New World to the Old World, from all the continents, welcome to my 1500th post … and this post is about celebrating the occasion!

For the entire weekend, please take the time to comment, state where you are from, say something about your blog, interact with my guests here and on my sidebar, listen to music, and enjoy the food and beverages. Entertainment will appear throughout the celebration, so comeback often … and bring a friend!

By the way, the theme for the next act of Life: The Musical will be Play – so I will give more information on the next Monday Morning Entertainment. After all, Play is good to follow Act 9’s Work.

Some Factoids about 1500
Only 14 players have ever played 1,500 games in the National Hockey League (NHL)

We could discuss the year 1500 AD, but other than the year starting on a Wednesday, I don’t think many of my readers would be interested in the Second Battle of Lepanto

On the other hand, the Polynesians settled Fiji in 1500 BC … and many of my readers would love to take an all-expense paid trip to Fiji

Many radio stations occupy 1500 on the AM dial

1500 meters is a common event in Olympic swimming, speed skating, running, and walking

1500 Ocean is a restaurant at the wonderful Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA

Some say fifteen hundred, but other say one thousand five hundred

1500 equivalent to 15 centuries, but all but one of the 1500s was in the 16th century

1500 is a grand and a half but 1500 dollars, 1500 Euros, 1500 Pesos, 1500 Pounds, 1500 Krona, 1500 Rubles, 1500 Yen, and 1500 Turkish Lira are not equal … but they are exchangeable into another currencies.

1500 Broadway is at Times Square in New York City

Besides being an Australian film, 1500 Steps refers to the number of ice steps on the Chilkoot Pass (Alaska) and the number of steps on a portion of the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu

On a 24-hour time system, 1500 is 3:00 PM

Songs to start the party

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 234

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On Politics
Congress failure to have a vote before leaving for the campaign trail regarding ISIS/ISIL is another example that members of Congress act with the party and personal interest first. After all, the majority of the House of Representatives skirt their responsibility while wanting to sue the President regarding use of executive powers. Vote them all out!

Did anyone see the Charlie Wilson’s War (the movie with Tom Hanks)? Discussions about arming and assisting the Syrian rebels reminds me of that movie.

A friend of mine told me that he heard a political commentator say that the reason nothing can get done in Washington is because there are too many people who are socially liberal but fiscally conservative clogging the streets. That’s a load of crap because there are very few in Congress who think that way. In other words, we are not a scapegoat!

An interesting interactive: US Presidents and their approval ratings

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Man always taking good mood out on friends
Grasshopper dismembered by future Supreme Court Justice
Man having great time will soon have to apologize to everyone
Tense party enters third hour of unplayed acoustic guitar leaning against the wall
Man worried antidepressants will leave trace of original personality
Study finds mass extinction could free up billions of dollars in conservation funding by 2024

The Onion’s list of highlight from George Clooney’s wedding

Interesting Reads
Science is not democratic
Brookings’ on why government fails 
Mutual funds’ five-star curse
Bacteria may be telling you what to eat
Teaching is not a business
Insurance companies tracking your driving

On Potpourri
This past week was simply one of those limiting my time visiting blogs. 😦

I heard this story that sounds right from The Onion (but isn’t) … It seems a reality show will determine the crew for a privately funded trip to Mars.

Blog party right here this weekend, so sure hope you stop by. Celebration starts at 12:15 am (Eastern US), so Europe, the party will be ready for your morning, and lunch time in the Lands Down Under.

No Saturday Morning Cartoon post is weekend because of the party of pre-empting normal scheduling.

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Fri) Smile Day, Denim Day, Diversity Day, Borderline Personality Disorder Day, Caramel Custard Day, Techies Day, Butterflies & Hummingbirds Day
  • (Sat) Cephalopod Day, Balloons Around-the-World Day, Blessing of the Pets Day, Frugal Fun Day, Improve Your Office Day, Taco Day, Ship-in-a-Bottle Day, Cinnamon Roll Day, Golf Lovers Day, Vodka Day, Toot-Your-Own-Horn Day, Animal Day, Ten-Four Day, Card-Making Day
  • (Sun) Bathtub Party Day, Change a Light Day, Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day, Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Day, No Prostitution Day, Apple Betty Day, Smile Day, Do Something Nice Day, Depression Screening Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a mild song to enjoy – it’s the Doobie Brothers with Black Water. Hope to see you at this weekend’s party, plus have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 108

Depending when you read this, it’s either the last of September or the beginning of October – nonetheless, I say Hello October!

Being a new month you may have been expecting my toast to October,  but come on now … interrupt your mid-week dose of satire? But never fear, the October post is next.

My golf league is official over. It was a bit sad for me because today was our last night ever because the course that I’ve played for over 20 years is closing. Good news is that my partner and I are Second Half Champions, plus I think I also won an individual honor. Considering that my wife won her league, we are the House of Champions!

Reminder to all that I have a blog party on the docket for this weekend. The post will go live sometime after midnight Saturday (Eastern US) for the European morning, the Aussies and Kiwis lunch, and everyone else in between or earlier. I only host these when the occasion warrants, so hopefully my regulars will not only drop by, but hey … your friends are welcome.

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Because it’s Astronomy Week, I dived into the deep, dark bowels of The Onion’s archives to find astronomy-related satire. Any favorites among these? For those wanting the combo challenge, make your own headline from the words in the headlines below. My Combo is at the end. Have a good rest of the week.

Astronomers discover massive asteroid that could wipe out life on Earth, force Nordstrom out of business

Astronomers admit making up Neptune

NASA to send Earth into space

Astronomer discovers black hole at center of own marriage

Intelligent, condescending life found in distant galaxy

Study finds Earth located in lamest part of universe

Mean scientists dash hopes for life on Mars

Astronomers say Earth’s overpopulated crisis will soon be solved by heroic meteor

Chicken-shit asteroid veers away at last minute

Extraterrestrial nerds contact Earth

Hubble Kaleidoscope finds evidence of space looking all crazy (Image below)

My Combo: Extraterrestrial discovers condescending life on Earth 

Image from The Onion

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On 600

Starting August 28, 2008, covering 38 categories, receiving 3,004 comments, and a meager 29,826 hits,  today is my 600th post. Of course about half of those comments are mine because I believe I should take the time to reply to the commenter and the number of hits is what it is, thus every blogger wants more.

Being humble and modest, I celebrate this occasion in the way I typically deal with numbers – a post about that number.

600 is divisible by all numbers 10 or less (but greater than zero) except 7 and 9

Only 7 players have hit the 600 HR milestone: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr, and Alex Rodriguez.

$600 US Dollars = 448.675 euros, 375.77 UK Pounds, 595 Canadian dollars, 49,615.13 Japanese Yen, and 27,279 Indian Rupees

Six hundred translates into Zes honderd (Dutch), seicento (Italian), sex hundra (Swedish), Hatszáz (Hungarian), and DC (Roman numerals).

It’s very difficult to get credit with a credit score of 600 or below.

The Coca-Cola 600 is NASCAR’s longest race.

Six Hundred Degrees is a bakery in Tofino, BC

Here’s a New York Times story entitled “Six Hundred Sign, Doors, and Stoplights”

600 riders were in Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade

At age 600, Noah builds and boards the ark. (Genesis 7:6)

600 AD (CE)

  • A leap year starting on a Friday
  • Berber calendar 1550, Coptic calendar 316-317, and Hebrew calendar 4360-4361
  • World population passed 208 million people
  • Smallpox arrived in Europe
  • Sweden’s King Ingvar invades Estonia, but the locals kill him.
  • The Persians began using windmills for irrigation
  • The Hopewell Indian culture was fading in North America
  • Pope Gregory I gives us Gregorian chants.

600 BC

  • Armenia created
  • Nebuchadnezzar reign builds the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Pompeii founded
  • Etruscans capture Rome
  • First known use of iron (China)

Thanks for visiting today and in the post – yet hoping you return in the days ahead.