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

On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 83

On an Upcoming Post
I only occasionally post on weekends. Since tomorrow deserves a special post, I hope you stop by this Saturday or Sunday.

On Palin Moments
Soon after the Arizona shootings, some pundits were quick to point to Sarah Palin and he heated rhetoric as the cause – and to that fact, she should have (and did) speak to those unfounded accusations. Let us keep in mind that defending herself does not protect her from saying something bad, stupid, or wrong.

Regarding Sarah Palin, I appreciated this op-ed by conservative columnist Ross Douthat (New York Times), which happens to be loaded with good quotes. As the media continues to treat her as the one we can’t get enough her, let us not forget that she is a nincompoop.

On a Few Political Shorts

  • This USA Today article regarding President Obama’s first two years is worthwhile.
  • GOP leadership’s decision to decline an invitation to the State dinner for China’s President Hu was not a good decision. Cheers to Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) for accepting the invitation. Boo to Harry Reid for his comments and absence.
  • The GOP repeal of health care has crossed the first hurdle, which is fine as long as it ensures coverage for more people at a lower cost to the government.
  • Occasionally the Fairness Doctrine comes into discussions, especially around talk radio. Emma wrote this informative post about the doctrine, which also includes some history and some personal commentary.

On an Impacting Exhibit
While celebrated Martin Luther King Day this past Monday, reflecting on my own thoughts and behaviors kindled memories of a wonderful traveling exhibit I attended called Understanding Race, which I wrote about in 2009. Good news is that the exhibit schedule goes into 2013 with 2011 stops in Boston, Charlotte, Washington, New Orleans, and Santa Barbara.

On Connecting NFL Coaches
UC also has interesting ties to the NFL playoffs. Going into last weekend, head coaches of 3 of the 4 remaining AFC teams were UC assistants. With John Harbaugh’s Raven’s loss, Rex Ryan (Jets) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) will battle this weekend to see which former UC assistant makes it to the Super Bowl.

On the Movies

  • True Grit is worth seeing. Jeff Bridges is great as Rooster Cogburn, but for me, youngster Hailee Steineld carried the movie.
  • Anne Hathaway, announced as the next Catwoman in Batman, is an intriguing thought to imagine.
  • Yet-to-be-released (1 April 2011) Source Code created interest in this trailer.

Have a safe weekend and hope you stop by for the special post.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 81

On Thinking About
Thoughts and prayers to those in Cincinnati, Arkansas as they recover from the New Years’ Eve tornado. Cincinnati is a small town west of Fayetteville near the Oklahoma border.

Thoughts and prayers to those dealing with any passing during the holidays, and those who found the holidays difficult because someone wasn’t around for the first time.

Speaking of Arkansas, and on a lighter night, comedian commentator Lee Camp provides this interesting graph about the sudden bird kills in Arkansas.

On the Ohio Governor
Ohio’s newly-elected governor John Kasich decided to live at home instead of the governor mansion. I wonder the following: What upgrades will his home get from the state? How much travel allowance will he get? What other finances are involved? What will he give back after leaving office? Personally, it is his right to live at home, but only by foregoing any taxpayer assistance.

On the New Speaker
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who represents the district adjacent to mine, is the first Speaker of the House from our area since Nicholas Longworth (1925). Did anyone notice that with all the rhetoric of the recent lame duck session, Mr. Boehner was very quiet?

On the other hand, why did Speaker Boehner leave the chamber during the reading of the Constitution to hold a news conference?

And in case you missed this one from Jimmy Kimmel.

On the Debt Ceiling
Battles over the debt ceiling have begun. While Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to broker with Social Security, conservative columnist George Will provides this unexpected perspective about the debt ceiling.

On Health Care Reform Repeal
Even before their first session, House Republicans are vowing to fight for the repeal of the Health Care bill. They must beware of reading the tea leaves of national polls because just because a majority may not like the current bill, that doesn’t necessarily mean the public wants a repeal. See this past post from May 2010.

On some Random Notes from the Holidays

  • The Kennedy Center Honors television special was awesome entertainment and tribute. Tune in next year.
  • In an evening with another couple, we enjoyed two wonderful wines: Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma County (2006) and Ridge California Buchignani Ranch (2004). Both are not pure zin, but are great examples of zinfandel blends from two well-known zin producers. I purchased the Ridge at the vineyard several years ago, so I don’t you can find it at the store, but try another Ridge. If you can’t find the 2006 Ravenswood, here’s info about the 2007, because it is a good value at $16.
  • Hubble, the IMAX/OmniMax film, is one of the best I’ve seen in that setting in some time at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • The King’s Speech is a very good film currently in the theater. I hope that it’s historically accurate.
  • The Last Station is an excellent home rental.
  • The American is a lousy home rental – well, outside of a stunning Violante Placido. OK ladies, you get a brief shot of George Clooney’s butt.
  • Learning (on New Years’ Day) that Shania remarried was a tough way to start 2011.

Here’s a video song about Santa to a famous Charlie Daniels tune. Of course, it’s Santa Went Down to Georgia. Thank you Miss Robin. Hope everyone has a good and safe weekend.

On Rachel Getting Married

This past Veteran’s Day my wife and I an opportunity to do something together on a Tuesday that we may reserve for the weekend. A short review she read, Rachel Getting Married,  got us to drive cross town to see this film. With the weekend upon us, here are some thoughts.

Kym (Anne Hathaway) is a drug addict involved in the death of her younger brother. This event fractures the family, leads to divorce, and continued addiction by Kym. In the midst of the family troubles, Kym’s sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) is about to complete her PhD work. The film is set around Rachel’s wedding: the day before, the day of, and the day after.

My Description
Rachel Getting Married is simply about a dysfunctional family.

  • Kym with many problems
  • A father enabling and patronizing daughter Kym while ignoring the “good” and successful daughter (Rachel)
  • A cold, self-centered mother
  • The second wife with a few lines but a constant look of despair
  • Friends and family members ignoring Kym
  • … and Rachel; the daughter doing everything possible to get her father’s attention and acceptance – including a bizarre wedding

My Conclusion
Although Anne Hathaway plays her role very well, critically-acclaimed movies showing at only a few theaters in a city are a risk-reward proposition. For me, this one is on the risky side. Some of you know the type – a critically-acclaimed film that only those acclaiming it really appreciate. If you love subtle nuances and searching for the director’s intent, Rachel Getting Married is a must see. If you’re looking for entertainment, think elsewhere.