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.

 

Advertisements

On 36

cooltext36The following past post marked the occasion of our 36th wedding anniversary. Given that I also enjoy saluting numbers, here’s my toast to 36.

In Mathematics

  • Divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 36
  • Is a perfect square (of ±6), a triangular number, a square triangular number, a 13-gonal number, a highly composite number, a semiperfect number, a Harshad number, an Erdős–Woods number, the sum of a twin price, and the sum of 1-cubed + 2-cubed + 3-cubed
  • The degrees of the interior angle of a regular pentagram
  • The number of possible outcomes when rolling two dice
  • Number of sides on the truncated cube and the truncated octahedron
  • 36 squared is 1296
  • The sum of integers 1 to 36 = 666

In Chemistry
Atomic number of Krypton, whose neutrally charged atom has 36 protons and 36 electrons

In Space

  • Messier object M36 is in the constellation Auriga
  • New General Catalogue (NGC) object 36 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces
  • 36 Cancri is an A-class star in the constellation Cancer.
  • Discoverer 36, also known as Corona 9029, was an American optical reconnaissance satellite launched in 1961\
  • Soyuz 36 spaceflight was in 1980
  • Expedition 36 to the International Space Station is scheduled to begin in May 2013

In Standards

  • In the US (and very few other countries) 36 inches = 1 yard
  • IBM System/36, a minicomputer
  • Refers to a 36 inches long pipe wrench
  • In the UK, a standard beer barrel is 36 UK gallons, about 163.7 liters
  • Many early computers featured a 36-bit word length
  • ASCII code for the symbol ‘$
  • The number of characters required to store the display name of a UUID or GUID (e.g., 00000000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046)
  • IBM System/36 (S36) was a minicomputer marketed from 1983-2000
  • 36-bit computer architecture
  • In temperatures, 36 C = 96.8 F, but 36 F = 2.2 C

In Music

  • 36 is a punk band
  • 36th Grammy Awards were in 1994 with Whitney Houston as the big winner
  • 36D is a song written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray and performed by The Beautiful South.
  • 6-C is an album by Fifth Column
  • Mozart wrote Symphony #36 in 1783
  • Berlin 36 is a 2009 German film about a Jewish athlete in the 1936 Olympics

In Art

  • 36 Views of Mount Fuji
  • 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower

In Literature

In Film

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) is a kung fu film
  • 36 is a movie (2010) directed by Martin Campbell
  • 36th Academy Awards held in 1964 with Best Picture nominations to Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lillies in the Field, America America, and Tom Jones (winner)
  • 36 Pasos (36 Steps) is a 2006 Argentine horror film
  • North of 36 is a 1924 silent film Western Drama

In Entertainment

  • Watch Channel 36 in Charlotte, Lexington (KY), Oakland
  • Canal 36 is a television station in Honduras
  • The Incubator was the 36th episode of M.A.S.H, which aired December 1, 1973
  • 36 is a sports documentary show on NBC Sports Network and TSN
  • The 36th season of Saturday Night Live was 2010-2011
  • The game of roulette has ’36’ numbers on the playing grid and roulette wheel
  • Rollorpoker, a roulette-based game, uses ‘36’ playing cards on the wheel and playing grid, instead of numbers

In Language
Thirty six, trente six, dreißig sechs, kolmekymmentä kuusi, tretti seks, talatin da shida, XXXVI

In Sports

  • Retired jerseys of MLB’s Robin Roberts (Phillies) and Gaylord Perry (Giants), NFL’s Mack Lee Hill (Chiefs), and NBA’s Lloyd Neal (Trailblazers)
  • The Adelaide 36ers are an Australian Pro-Basketball team
  • In NASCAR, #36 has raced 633, never won, finished in the top 5 32 times, and driven the most by Ken Schrader (106)
  • Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20 – St. Louis Rams 17, played at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002

In Religion

  • In the Jewish tradition, light created by God on the first day of creation shone for 36 hours
  • The Torah commands love, respect, and protect the strange 36 times
  • There are 36 righteous people in every generation
  • 36 candles are in a menorah over 8 days
  • In the Māori legend, 36 gods were involve creating the first human before receving the breath of life from Tāne
  • In Shavism, 36 tattvas describe the internal aspects of creation
  • In Christianity, Psalm 36

In US History

  • Nevada is the 36th state (1864)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson served as the 36th US president
  • The 36th US Congress (1859-1861) during the last two years of James Buchanan’s presidency
  • Alexander Hamilton wrote Federalist Papers 36, The Same Subject Continued: Concerning the General Power of Taxation, the last of the seven papers on taxation

In World History Year 36 BC

  • Buddhist calendar year 509, Korean calendar year 2298, Thai solar calendar year 508, Chinese calendar year 2601/2661 to 2602/2662
  • Mark Antony married Cleopatra VII while still married to Octavia

In World History Year 36 CE

  • A leap year that started on a Saturday
  • Bengali calendar year -577, Berber calendar 986, and Iranian calendar year 586 BP – 585 BP
  • Historical figures include Pontius Pilot, Emporer Tiberius, and Herod Antipus
  • Some say this is the year of Jesus’ crucifixion

In Geography

  • The 36th parallel south only across land in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina
  • The 36th meridian east passes through Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique
  • US Route 36 runs 1,414 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado to Uhrichsville, Ohio

In Business

  • The Thirty-Six Bisto in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Thirty-Six, a camera boutique in Singapore
  • Thirty-Six Peonies Publishing Company
  • Studio Thirty-Six – spa, beauty, and personal treatment in Santa Rosa, California

Miscellaneous

  • A perfect score on the ACT
  • In French-speaking countries, 36 is often used as a placeholder number
  • International phone code for Hungary
  • The 36 pounder long gun was the largest piece of naval artillery for French war ships in its time
  • TI-36 calculator made in 1986
  • The 36 Boys were a gang of primarily Turkish immigrants from Berlin-Kreuzberg involved in criminal activities
  • The 36-line Bible, the second printed edition of the Bible and known as the “Bamberg Bible”, is named after its 36 lines of text on each page. FYI: The Gutenberg Bible had 42 lines per page