My mother passed away in August 1987 at an age that is younger than I am now. Characterized by calm, kindness, and hard-working, my admiration for her has grown over time. With Mother’s Day 2016 upon us, I salute her with a number tribute – 88 – which would be her age on her 2016 birthday later this year.
I don’t have many digital images of her – and the ones that I have are old. I hope to digitize some of the old family pictures and some of my own, but for now, these from 1964 will do. Happy Mother’s Day Mom. We love you, miss you, and we’re doing fine.
Tetëdhjetë e tetë (Albanian), Åtti åtte (Norwegian), Achtentachtig (Dutch), Ottantotto (Italian), Osamdeset osem (Slovenian), LXXXVIII (Roman numerals) … Feel free to add others!
88 – a refactorable number, a primitive semiperfect number, an untouchable number, a hexadecagonal number, an Erdős–Woods number, a palindromic number in bases 5 (3235), 10 (8810), 21 (4421), and 43 (2243), and a repdigit in base 10, 21 and 43
88 – Divisible by 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 22, 44, 88
88 – with a square of 7744 but a square root of 9.38083151965
88 – the atomic number of the element Radium whose neutrally charged atom has 88 protons and 88 electrons
Eighty-eights – two genera of butterflies (Diaethria and Callicore) because the markings on their wings look like the number 88
88 – the total number of chromosomes for the woodland hedgehog, a species of banana and coffee, and a species of shrimp
88 – the number of constellations in the sky as defined by the International Astronomical Union
Messier object M88, is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices
The New General Catalogue object NGC 88, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Phoenix, and a member of Robert’s Quartet
Space Shuttle Mission 88 (STS-88) launched and completed in December, 1998, began the construction of the International Space Station.
88 – the Saros number series of the solar eclipse series which began on 246 October 6 (BC) and ended on 1233 March – a span of 1478.4 years, and containing 83 solar eclipses.
88 – the approximately the number of days it takes Mercury to complete its orbit
88 symbolizes fortune and good luck in Chinese culture
88 – shorthand for “love and kisses” in amateur radio
88 – in Japanese, often used to mean “a great many” or “countless” or infinite numbers.
88 – short for “byebye” in short Chinese chat
88 – the number of LPGA tournaments won by golfer Kathy Whitworth
- MLB, NBA, NHL – None
- NFL: Alan Page (Vikings) and JV Cain (Cardinals)
Red Slot Right Halfback Stay 88 – the play the Cleveland Brown ran that ended a game-winning attempt interception thrown by QB Brian Sipe (4 January 1981 in Cleveland vs. Oakland Raiders)
NASCAR car 88 – In over 1500 races, 74 wins, top 5 (385), top 10 (658) … most commonly driven by Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, and Ricky Rudd.
88 – the number of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owned by Hendrick Motorsports that is currently driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
88.0 MHz (FM radio) – stations in Australia (10), Turkey (1), and Bangladesh (1)
88 – the speed (in miles per hour) that the DeLorean automobile must attain in order to travel in time (Back to the Future)
88 Minutes, a 2008 film starring Al Pacino
88 Keys, character in Dick Tracy (1990 film)
88 – the name of a gang in the American film Gridiron Gang (2008)
88 Poems – a book of poems by Ernest Hemingway
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
88 – the number of keys on a typical piano (36 black and 52 white)
Eighty Eight – a live album by the Christian rock band The 77s
Rocket 88 – a song first recorded at Sam Phillips’ studio in 1951;
Rocket 88 – a 1980s band in the UK named after the song above
Symphony No. 88 by Joseph Haydn
88 Basie Street – A Grammy Award winning album by Count Basie
88-Keys – American record producer and rapper born as Charles Misodi Njapa
88 Lines About 44 Women by The Nails
88 – by the Sum 41, Apartment 26, Level 43, The Cool Kids, and LM.C
88 – the number of Australians killed in the 2002 Bali bombings
Pope Gabriel V of Alexandria – the 88th Roman Catholic Pope
Year 88 (LXXXVIII)
- a leap year starting on Tuesday
- Egyptians erected two obelisks in front of the Temple of Isis to honour of emperor Domitian.
- The First Dacian War ends
- Chinese Emperor Han Zhangdi dies at age 31
- Pope Clement I succeeds Pope Anacletus I as the fourth pope.
Year 88 BC
- Berber calendar year 863, Buddhist calendar year 457, Korean calendar year 2246
- The Social War ends with the Romans defeating the Italian allies
- First Civil War in Rome, between Marius and Sulla
- King Mithridates VI of Pontus invades Greece.
Interstate 88 in Illinois and New York are not contiguous with each other
Ohio State Route 88 – To the best of my knowledge, I have never travelled this road
88th meridian west crosses land in Canada, USA, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador
88th meridian east crosses land in Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal, and India
88 – a popular ice cream bar manufactured by GB Glace
88 – a model number of an Oldsmobile
the Crazy 88 the name of O-Ren Ishii’s Army in Kill Bill
88 – the ISBN Group Identifier for books published in Italy and Switzerland
Detachment 88 – an anti-terrorist police squad in Indonesia called “Detachment 88”
The Group of 88 – 88 professors at Duke University who signed a controversial advertisement published after a woman falsely claimed to have been raped by members of Duke’s lacrosse team
The Cambridge Z88 – a portable computer in 1988
88 – slang for “what” in the US Navy
Movement 88 – a political party in Armenia
Happy Mother’s Day to all readers who are mothers and to all your mothers.