On Carbon

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Carbon – from Latin: carbo “coal”

Carbon – symbol C, atomic number 6 on the Periodic Table (group 14) because each carbon atom contains 6 protons

Carbon – each atom with 6 protons, but varying number of neutrons to form different isotopes, such as carbon-12 being almost 99% of the Earth’s carbon, and carbon-14, another naturally occurring form whose presence is used to determine ages (carbon dating)

Carbon – the 4th most abundant element in the universe by mass (after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen), but only the 15th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust

Carbon – whose density is slightly twice more than water, so it sinks

Carbon – which is 40 times more abundant in Earth’s water that in its atmosphere

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Carbon – whose different physical forms are best known as charcoal, graphite, and diamond … each with different properties (from transparent to opaque, from hard to soft, from conductor to a resistor), thus different uses

Carbon as graphite, used in pencils (when combined with clay), in nuclear reactors to moderate the reaction in the reactor … plus is used in electric motors, dry batteries, electroplating, and manufacturing glass

Carbon as diamonds – a girl’s best friend – thus a story in itself

Carbon as the black pigment in printing ink, artist’s oil paint and watercolors, carbon paper, automotive finishes, India ink and laser printer toner – thus was also one of the first pigments for tattoos

Carbon, in the form of activated charcoal, – used as an absorbent and absorbent in filter material in gas masks, water purification, kitchen hoods, and in medicine to absorb odors, impurities, toxins, poisons, or gases

Carbon – with 4 available outer electrons to make covalent (sharing) chemical bonds with other atoms

Carbon – whose atom’s electron-sharing capability allows it for form around ten million different chemical compounds

Carbon – as a member of the vital carbon cycle moves from organism to organism and from life to nonlife

Carbon – whose cycle involves all life forms, thus is important in processes as cell respiration, photosynthesis, biosynthesis (life processes making new molecules), decay (decomposition), and combustion – plus is passed from one organism to another by eating

Carbon – which combines with oxygen and hydrogen to make carbohydrates (including sugars), proteins, fats, and alcohol – then add nitrogen (and sometimes sulfur) to make DNA, RNA, antibiotics, amino acids, and more

Carbon – the foundation of cellulose, an important carbohydrate for plants – thus an important component in cotton, hemp, and numerous fabrics (natural and synthetic) .. plus animal products as wool,, cashmere, silk, and leather

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Carbon – the foundation for organic chemistry, thus the chemical basis of all known life

Carbon – the substance forming the primary ingredient in coal

Carbon – as danger when inhaling coal dust or soot in large quantities (as in Black Lung Disease)

Carbon – which unites with hydrogens to make hydrocarbons as plastics, refrigerants, solvents lubricants, paraffin, and fossil fuels such as petroleum, methane, butane, propane, octane, kerosene, natural gas (a mixture), and others.

Carbon – whose combination with silicon, tungsten, boron, or titanium, form carbides – which are among the hardest known materials, and are used as abrasives in cutting and grinding tools.

Carbon – used as a filler in rubber products such as tires and in plastics

Carbon – with one of the highest melting points plays a role in the high temperatures of manufacturing steel

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Carbon – Its abundance in the Sun, stars, comets, asteroids, and other atmospheres stimulates our wonder if life exists elsewhere

Carbon – formed within the core of stars by fusing atoms of helium and hydrogen

Carbon – scattered in the universe as space dust from supernova explosions

 

Note: The reader may not remember this, but 3-5 years ago Jim Wheeler suggested I do a post about carbon. I immediately knew Jim’s idea was a great one, and started drafting. For a variety of reasons, the draft sat for a long time, but it remained in my eyesight. Not long ago I decided to make the post a reality. Jim, thanks for the suggestion – and this post is for you.

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On 1968

1968 – 50 years ago; a year of triumph and tragedy; a year of social unrest and cultural changes; the year that some describe as the most tumultuous in history; a year I remember as a 15 year old; a year captured below with randomly ordered events.

 

1968 – A leap year starting on a Monday

1968 – World leaders included Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Charles de Gaulle, Indira Gandhi, Leonid Brezhnev, Lyndon Johnson, Harold Wilson, Mao Tse-tung

1968 – Vietnam War, Tet Offensive, My Lai massacre, and the end of US bombings

1968 – Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April) and Robert F Kennedy (June)

1968 – Eastern Bloc armies (Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary) invade Czechoslovakia

1968 – Intel Corporation created

1968- Super Bowl II (2) – Packers vs. Raiders

1968 – Anti-Vietnam War protests throughout the US and the Western World

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1968 – The Beatles White Album

1968 – Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France – the first Winter Olympics broadcast in color

1968 – North Korea captured the USS Pueblo (an American surveillance ship) and its crew

1968 – General Strike in France by students and workers

1968 – Enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 in US

1968 – Dutch Elm disease

1968 – Earthquake in Sicily with 231 dead, 262 injured

1968 – South African Dr. Christian Barnard performs his third human heart transplant

1968 – London Bridge sold for $1 million and re-erected in Arizona

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1968 – US President Johnson surprisingly announces he would not run for another term

1968 – Redwood National Park created in California

1968 – Pope Paul VI bans Catholics from using the contraceptive pill for birth control

1968 – The Poor People’s March on Washington, DC

1968 – Zodiac serial murderer in California

1968 – France becomes the world’s fifth nuclear power

1968 – Several major US cities elect black mayors

1968 – Unrests on college campuses across the US

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1968 – Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy marry

1968 – The Ferry TEV Wahine capsizes in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand_

1968 – The nuclear-powered US submarine Scorpion sinks in the Atlantic Ocean (99 crew members died)

1968 – Hong Kong Flu pandemic begins in Hong Kong

1968 – Student riots threaten Mexico Olympics

1968 – Black power salute after the gold and bronze medalists at Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico

1968 – Completed: The Aswan Dam in Egypt and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

1968 – The border between Spain and Gibraltar is closed

1968 – Riots at the Democratic Party National Convention in Chicago, Illinois

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1968 – The first Big Mac goes on sale at McDonalds at a cost of 49 cents

1968 – The Beatles create Apple Records and release “Hey Jude” as the first single on the label

1968 – Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace for US President (Wallace is the last third-party candidate to win Electoral votes)

1968 – Boeing introduces 747 aircraft

1968 – Mattel introduces Hot Wheel Cars

1968 – Kymer Rouge forms in Cambodia

1968 – Led Zeppelin performs for the first time

1968 – Allen K Breed invents an airbag for cars

1968 – Yale University announces it will admit women

1968 – Apollo 8 orbits the Moon (first manned mission to do so)

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1968 – US Explodes experimental hydrogen bomb and France explodes its first

1968 – Emergency 911 Telephone service starts in the US

1968 – The first ATM (automated teller machine) in the US (Philadelphia)

1968 – CBS airs “60 Minutes” shown for the first time

1968 – Musical Hair, featuring nudity and taking drugs) opens in London and then New York City

1968 – Popular films include The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, The Odd Couple, Planet of the Apes, Rosemary’s Baby, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1968 – Popular Songs include Hey Jude (Beatles), Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), Hello I Love You (Doors), Honey (Bobby Goldsboro), I Heard it through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye), Love is Blue (Paul Mauriat), The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), People Got to Be Free (Rascals)

1968 – Birth year for Will Smith, Celine Dion, LL Cool J, Cuba Gooding Jr, Guy Fieri, Kenny Chesney, Michael Weatherly, Barry Sanders, Rachael Raye, Mary Lou Retton

1968 – Death year for Yuri Gagarin, Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr

1968 – First interracial kiss on US television (Star Trek)

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On 41

In Science
41, the atomic number of the element niobium (Nb), whose neutrally charged atom has 41 protons and 41 electrons

41 Daphne is a large asteroid

In Music
Symphony No. 41, the longest and last symphony of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

#41, a song by Dave Matthews Band.

Sum 41, a Canadian rock band

American Skin (41 Shots), a song by Bruce Springsteen

Opus 41, musical compositions by Tchaikovsky (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom), Elgar (In the Dawn and Speak, Music!), Sibelius (Kyllikki), and Rachmaninoff (Three Russian Songs)

Fabric 41, a 2008 album by Luciano

In Literature
Sonnet 41, one of William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/41

41 Stories, a book of 41 short stories by O. Henry

41: A Portrait of My Father, a book written by George W. Bush for his father George H. W. Bush

In Movies
41, an independent documentary about Nicholas O’Neill, the youngest victim of the Station nightclub fire

41, a 2012 Documentary about on the life of George H. W. Bush, the 41st US President

41, Charlton Heston’s designation as a Roman warship slave in Ben-Hur

41st floor, Morpheus is aggressively questioned about the murder of Amadou Diallo in The Matrix

41, the NYPD precinct number on the police car shown during the earthquake in Ghostbusters

Highway 41, where Cary Grant is attached by a crop-dusting airplane in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest

In Sports
41, the race number worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he broke the 4-minute mile barrier (1954)

41, retired jerseys – MLB: Eddie Mathews (Braves), Tom Seaver (Mets); NFL: Brian Piccolo (Bears); NBA: Wes Unseld (Wizards); NHL: none

NASCAR #41: 27 wins (most by Curtis Turner, followed by Richard Petty, Kurt Busch, Jim Paschal, and A.J. Foyt)

Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts 29 Chicago Bears 17 (4 Feb. 2007 Miami, Florida)

In Mathematics
41, a natural number, a prime number, a supersingular prime number, a Newman-Shanks-Williams prime number, a Sophie Germain prime number, and Eisenstein prime number, a Proth prime number, a centered square number, and the largest lucky number of Euler

41, only divisible by 1 and 41

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In History

41 AD

  • a common year starting on Sunday
  • Holocene calendar year 10041, Korean calendar year 2374, Discordian calendar year 1207
  • Claudius succeeds his nephew (Caligula) as Emperor
  • Claudius restores religious freedom to Jews throughout the empire, but prohibits Jews in Rome from proselytising
  • Emperor Guangwu of the Han dynasty deposes his wife
  • The disciples of Jesus form Christian communities in Damascus and Antioch

41 BC

  • Either a common year starting on Wednesday or Thursday or a leap year starting on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Buddhist calendar year 504, Ab urbe condita calendar year 713, Assyrian calendar year 4710
  • Year of the Perusine War
  • Mark Antony meets Cleopatra in Tarsus and formed an alliance
  • Arsinoe IV of Egypt (Cleopatra’s half-sister) dies

In US History
Bush 41, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States

Montana, the 41st state of the United States

Federalist Paper No. 41, a general view of the Powers Conferred by the Constitution (written by James Madison) http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed41.asp

41, the number of members in the U.S. Senate needed to defeat a cloture vote and sustain a filibuster indefinitely

In Geography
Interstate 41, a highway connecting Chicago, Illinois and Green Bay, Wisconsin

41st Street in Manhattan – click for a walking tour http://www.nysonglines.com/41st.htm

41st parallel North – crosses Span, Italy, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, North Korea, Japan, United States, Portugal

41st parallel South – crosses Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina

41st Meridian East – crosses Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Antarctica

41st Meridian West – crosses Greenland, Brazil, Antarctica

In Culture
41, forty-one, Cuarenta y uno, Čtyřicet jedna, Eenenveertig, Nelikümmend üks, Keturiasdešimt vieną, Afartan mid ka mid ah, XLI, and more

In Mexico “cuarenta y uno” (41) is slang referring to a homosexual

41st book in the bible is the Gospel According to Matthew

41st wedding anniversary, traditional gifts throughout the world include topaz, iron, birch, and nasturtium

In numerology, 41 is conscientious, sensual, quick wit, adventurous, curiosity, and pragmatism

In Organizations
41 Entertainment LLC (“41E”), a privately held American animation company developing, producing, and distributing popular children’s television series

City 41, part of the leading news media group of Pakistan, City News Network

41 Hotel or No. 41, a Red Carnation Hotel luxury hotel in London, England

Foundation 41, a medical research organisation based in Sydney, Australia

In Miscellaneous
The international direct dialing (IDD) code for Switzerland

C-41 process is the film developing process for 35mm color negative film

41 stories, the number of floors in the ONE St. Petersburg building in St. Petersburg, Florida

“41 for Freedom”, the collective term for the 41 ballistic missile submarines of the George Washington class and its successors

STS-41, the eleventh mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery

Season 41 of Saturday Night Live, 2014-15

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41, all this in honor of our 41st wedding anniversary. For those wondering, we first met in September 1974. Here’s Dave Matthews singing his song, #41. Happy Anniversary to my long-time love.

On 65 about 65

A salute to 65 – also known as sixty five, sessanta cinque, Šedesát pět, Šešiasdešimt penki, Kuusikymmentä viisi, Lixdan shan, Hatvanöt, LXV, and more

In Mathematics
65 – an integer, a whole number, semiprime number, octagonal number, Cullen number, a deficient number

65 – composed of two prime numbers (5 and 13) multiplied together

65 – divisible by 1, 5, 13, and 65

65 – the magic constant of 5 by 5 normal magic square

65 squared equals 4225

65 square root equals 8.0622577483

In Science
The atomic number of terbium, a lanthanide element whose neutral atom containing 65 protons and 65 electrons

Messier object M65, in the constellation Leo

NGC 65, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus

Star Gliese 530 is 65 light years away

In Entertainment
65th Precinct – the setting to the classic TV series Naked City (1958–63) – which was commonly referred to as “the 65”

The 65th Academy Awards – held on March 29, 1993 with winners included Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, and Marisa Tomei associated with movies as Unforgiven, Howards End, Scent of a Woman, and My Cousin Vinny

65th episode of Seinfeld – “The Mango” – the first episode of season 5 – aired 16 Sept 1993 – George is upset when his girlfriend suggests she hasn’t had an organism with him, then later appears to have one while eating risotto.

Channel 65 – A television station in 10 US locations; including El Paso, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and San Jose

In Music
65 Love Affair by Paul Davis (1982)

I Can Drive 65 – Sammy Hagar re-recorded a previous hit when the speed limit changed from 55 to 65 miles per hour

65 – an abbreviation for the Sheffield, UK, post-rock band 65daysofstatic

In Literature
Sonnet 65 – one of 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare

What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? – a non-fiction book by Michael Medved and David Wallechinsky

Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker

In Sports
65 – the retired number of Elvin Bethea (NFL Titans)

65 – the NASCAR vehicle that never won in 94 races with 35 different drivers (Carl Adams the most)

65 – the retired number in MotoGP honoring driver Loris Capirossi

65th Baseball World Series Champions – Detroit Tigers (defeating St. Louis Cardinals, 1968)

65th Grey Cup – Won by Montreal Alouettes (1977)

In Geography
65th parallel north – intersects Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, United States, Canada, Greenland, and Iceland

65th parallel south – intersects an Antarctic peninsula claimed by Argentina, Chile, and United Kingdom

65th meridian west – intersects Canada, Greenland, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Antarctica

65th meridian east – intersects Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Antarctica

Interstate 65 is the Interstate Highway connecting northwestern Indiana and southmost Alabama

In Culture
65 – the traditional age for retirement in the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Canada, and several other countries.

65 – the age in the U.S., at which a person is eligible to obtain Medicare

65 – the number commonly used in names of many dishes of South India cuisine, for instance Chicken 65

65th anniversary – the sapphire jubilee.

Psalm 65 – the 65th psalm from the Book of Psalms that Jews recite on Yom Kippur

65 – the age of Mahalalel (great-great-grandson of Adam) and Enoch when they had their first son

65th Sura of the Qur’an is the At-Talaq

Rule 65 – Any use of the word “irony” on the internet is incorrect

In Numerology
65 – the natural desire to be cooperative, in harmony, and cooperative

65 – the number representing the energy in relationships

Angel number 65 – symbolizes love from one’s home and family

In Business
Sixty Five Chinese Restaurant is in Chicago

65 Roses is a Cystic Fibrosis national fundraising initiative

65th Avenue and Broadway in Sacramento is a Starbucks, but in New York City one will find the Julliard School of Music and the Lincoln Center

Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room – located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center in New York City provides a good view of the Empire State Building

In Technology
65 – the decimal value representing the letter ‘A’ in the ASCII code

The Commodore 65 – a prototype computer

The HP-65 – the first magnetic card-programmable handheld calculator (1974)

In History
AD 65

  • A common year starting on Tuesday
  • The first official reference to Buddhism made in China
  • The first Christian community in Africa is founded by Mark
  • Death of Lucan, Roman poet and philosopher

Year 65 BC – known as the Year of the Consulship of Cotta and Torquatus

65th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece was King Edward IV of England (1442-1470)

In US History
The 65th Infantry Division—nicknamed the “Battle-axe”—a World War II infantry division of the United States Army that my dad served

Only James Buchanan entered the presidency at age 65, but Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor left office at age 65

65th Congress served the 5th and 6th years of the Woodrow Wilson administration (1917-1919)

Miscellaneous
65 miles per hour, a common speed limit on many USA highways

65 Red Roses is a 2009 documentary film about a young woman with cystic fibrosis

65 – the number of private foundation universities in Turkey

65 – the code for international direct dial telephone calls to Singapore

CVN-65 is the designation of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise

65-pound cardstock is a commonly grade of heavier paper

65 is the minimum grade or average required to pass an exam, or a class, in some schools

65th day of an ordinary year is March 6th, which also marks 300 days remaining in the year – but March 5th is the 65th day in a leap year

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The previous post celebrated my 65th birthday with a look at a date in history – so this continues my tradition of saluting the number. Join the celebration by listening to one of my favorite songs … so please tell me your choice. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world to celebrate.

On Time Before Me

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The day before I was born, baseball great Ted Williams safely landed his damaged jet – for which he earned an Air Medal

One month before I was born, Tito became the first president of Yugoslavia – a position he held for 27 years

One year before I was born, a nor’easter blanketed New England

4 years before I was born, Chaim Weitzman elected first president of Israel

6 years before I was born, Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union

10 years before I was born, Sergei Rachmaninoff performed his last concert

15 years before I was born, first public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV occurred in London

20 years before I was born, the US Senate passes the Blaine Act to end Prohibition and first issue of Newsweek magazine appeared on newsstands

30 years before I was born, British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun (King Tut)

40 years before I was born, New York Armory Show introduced Picasso to American public

42 years before I was born, General Motors installed the first electric starter for a car into a Cadillac

49 years before I was born, opera Madame Butterfly debuted in Milan

52 years before I was born composer Gustav Mahler conducted the premiere of his Second Symphony

70 years before I was born, A. Ashwell patented the free-toilet in London

75 years before I was born, first telephone exchange in San Francisco opened with 18 phones

77 years before I was born sardines were first canned in Eastport, Maine

86 years before I was born, chocolate manufacturer William Cadbury was born and the first ship passed through Suez Canal

88 years before I was born, Union forces regained Fort Sumter (US Civil War)

117 years before I was born, the HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin left Tasmania

277 years before I was born, Kings Charles II (England) and Louis XIV (France) signed a secret treaty

355 years before I was born, Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia

1,589 years before I was born, Roman Emperor Jovian died

The day I was born was 17 February 1953

65 years after I was born, I celebrate another birthday with a historical look at February 17th – so the number salute to 65 will be soon.

Happy 65th Birthday from Mini-Me

 

On If

If – from the Old English gif

If – mainly a conjunction; sometimes a noun

If – an introduction to a conditional clause

If – a statement around a condition; a presumption, supposition, provision, precondition, proviso, requirement, specification, stipulation, or restriction

If – an assumption leading to an event or outcome

If – delivering a possibility, request, or opinion

If – an implied reservation

If – as in although, yet, despite being, even though, or but – many times serving as an excuse

If – noun as uncertainty, doubt

If – a function in programing to make a decision

If – a 1910 poem by Rudyard Kipling

If – a 1968 movie starring Malcolm McDowell

If – a BBC drama-documentary series

“If” – a 2010 episode of Desperate Housewives

If – a magazine subtitled “Worlds of Science Fiction”

If – a political comic strip appearing The Guardian (a UK newspaper)

If (band), 1970s British progressive jazz-rock band, and the name of their album

If – songs by Bananarama, Bread, Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Perry Como, Destiny’s Child, Rivermaya, Davido, and more.

If – what if I had answered my own challenge with in a way other than my own.

NOTE: I encourage readers to follow the pingback links in the Comments to other posts about If that answer the If Challenge.

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.