On 37

Long-time visitors here know I occasionally toast a specific number in honor of an occasion. Although it was in April, this is a toast to our thirty-seven years of marriage. Feel free to add any other notes about thirty-seven (37). With this, I raise my glass to the my dance partner and friend – fellow golfer, wine & food enthusiast – my handbell-playing wife.

In Mathematics

From cooltext.com

From cooltext.com

37 is the 12th prime number, the fifth lucky prime, the first irregular prime, the third unique prime, the third cuban prime of the form, and a Stormer number

37, along with 38, are the first pair of consecutive positive integers not divisible by any of their digits

37 is the only two digit number in base 10 whose product, when multiplied by two, subtracted by one, and then read backwards, equals the original two digit number: 37×2=74, 74-1=73, 73 backwards is 37

37 is the only two digit number in base 10 with the following property: The difference between the two digits equals the square root of the difference between the number itself and the least common multiple of the two digits

In Science
37 is the atomic number of rubidium, whose neutral atom contains 37 protons and 37 electrons

37 is the normal human body temperature in degrees Celsius

At 37 weeks, the developing baby, with its average vitals of 6.3 pounds and 19 inches long with a ½ inch to an inch of hair, is approaching full term

Messier object M37, a magnitude 6.0 open cluster in the constellation Auriga

The New General Catalogue object NGC 37, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Phoenix

Kepler-37b is the smallest known planet

Pliny’s Natural History in 37 books

In Language
Trenta setta (Italian), Kolmkümmend seitse (Estonian), Siebenunddreißig (German), Tiga puluh tujuh (Indonesian), Trettio sju (Swedish), Тридесет седем (Bulgarian), XXXVII (Roman numeral)

In Sports
Retired #37 professional sports jerseys

  • MLB – Casey Stengel (Yankees & Mets)
  • NFL – Doak Walker (Lions), Jimmy Johnson (49ers)
  • NBA – none
  • NHL – none

In NASCAR, car #37 has been in 470 races, but only won once (Bobby Isaac)

Super Bowl XXXVII, 26 January 2003, in San Diego, CA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Oakland Raiders 48-21

In Entertainment
37th Academy Awards (1964) with My Fair Lady winning 8 Oscars from its 13 nominations

37th Grammy Awards (1995) with Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen) as Song of the Year

37th Tony Awards (1983) with Cats winning Best Musical

The 37th Daytime Emmy Awards (2010)

The 37th People’s Choice Awards (2011)

Mozart Symphony No. 37; Nocturne, Opus 37 (Chopin), Haydn’s Symphony No. 37

37 Days is a BBC documentary drama

In Literature
The number of plays William Shakespeare is thought to have written (counting Henry IV as three parts)

Books include Thirty-Seven Days of Peril, The 37th Amendment, Thirty-Seven: Essay on Life, Wisdom, & Masculinity, and a host of books about cooking, crafts, pets, and whatever

The protagonist in the book This Number Speaks is named Thirty-Seven

In Geography
Municipal Okrug #37, name of Yugo-Zapad Municipal Okrug of Krasnoselsky District of Saint Petersburg, Russia, before 2009

+37 was the international dialing code of the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany)

Highway 37 are found in Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, UK, and United States

37th Parallel North

  • Crosses Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, South Korea, Japan, USA, Portugal, and Spain
  • Serves as the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas while serving as the northern borders of Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

37th Parallel South crosses Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Chile

37th Meridian East crosses Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique

37th Meridian West crosses Greenland, Brazil, South Georgia, The Sandwich Islands, and Antarctica

Specifically USA
37th US Congress served the first two years of Abraham Lincoln’s term (1861-1863)

37th US President was Richard Nixon

Nebraska is the 37th state admitted

Number Thirty-Seven is an unincorporated community in Pennsylvania

I-37 is a 143-mile highway in Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi

In World History
Year 37 (XXXVII)

  • A common year starting on Tuesday
  • Buddhist calendar year 581, Berber calendar year 987, and Korean calendar year 2370
  • Tiberius, Roman Emperor dies
  • The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’s will and proclaims Caligula Roman Emperor
  • An earthquake destroys Antioch
  • Saint Peter founds the Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Probable year of the conversion of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus to Christianity
  • Nero, a future Roman Emperor, is born
  • Josephus, a Jewish historian, is born

Year 37 BC

  • Burmese calendar year 674, Holocene calendar year 9964, Thai Solar calendar year 507
  • Mark Antony reorganized Asia Minor under strongmen loyal to him
  • Romans conquer Jerusalem from the Parthians
  • Herod the Great becomes king of Judea
  • Thousands of Jews slaughtered by Roman troops supporting Herod
  • Jing Fang born, Chinese mathematician and music theorist

In Religion
37 Great Nats traditionally worshiped in Burma

Psalm 37

Papyrus 37 is the name of an early copy of the New Testament written in Greek

Miscellaneous
The number of slots in European Roulette (numbered 0 to 36, the 00 is not used in
European roulette as it is in American roulette)

37 is an unused TV channel in countries using M&N broadcast system standards, thus Channel 37 is commonly used in fiction

Aircrafts include Cessna T-37 Tweet, A-37 Dragonfly, Beechcraft AQM-37 Jayhawk, and the Boeing X-37

The number most people state when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100

Soyuz 37 was a manned space flight in 1980

37 Coins is a bitcoin wallet provider based in California

Alabaster is the traditional, 37th anniversary gift

On a Special Jersey

peteroseAs a lifelong Reds fan, I think about Pete Rose. There’s no question that Pete is his worst enemy, but this post is NOT about his poor choices. There’s no question that Pete had a great career and his stats warrant Copperstown (HOF), but this post is NOT about the HOF or even his return to the game.

For whatever reason, Major League Baseball (MLB) continues to punish Cincinnati Reds fans for Pete’s wrongdoings. I simply cannot understand why #14 isn’t retired and hanging on the ballpark façade with other great Reds from the past. Although no player will ever wear #14 again in Cincinnati, MLB’s stance is selfish, arrogant, and an intentional slap in the face to Cincinnati Reds fans and to the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Every time I go to a game or even drive by the ballpark, I think about this travesty. How would MLB be hurt if it lifted the Rose ban for a day or even a weekend to retire #14 and even induct him into the Reds HOF? The Cincinnati Reds fans deserve this because this has nothing – NOTHING to do with Cooperstown eligibility or reinstatement into the game. NOTHING!

Pete Rose grew up in Cincinnati, played hard for his town, and Cincinnatians love him. Even with his tarnish, Pete is still a legend. Yet MLB is led by a commissioner who always says the game is about the fans, but continues to act to the contrary by punishing Cincinnati Reds’ fans for Pete’s indiscretions. Mr. Selig, temporarily lift the ban so the Reds can honor him, so the fans can honor him, and so he doesn’t have to buy a ticket. Better yet, consider calling the Cincinnati Reds with your idea.

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