(images from the 26th page of a flickr search for photos tagged “26”)

In honor of my 26th birthday, I’ve been collecting facts about the number 26. Here they are — please feel free to add any I haven’t thought of.

  • 26 is the number of letters in the English alphabet. If we didn’t have numbers, but had a 26-a-decimal system, I would be Z years old, and only next year entering “double digits.” As it is, however, I entered double digits 16 years ago.
  • 26 is 2*13, and thirteen is a prime number, so it’s almost prime (or biprime)
  • 26 is two-fifths, or 40% of 65, the classic retirement age (which will likely change by the time I get there, but hey — not bad.
  • 26 (for me) means I’ve spent half my life in Colorado, and half in Arizona.
  • Apparently 26 is a mystical number in Jewish lore, because the letters that spell Yaweh (God), in numerological fashion add up to 26.
  • 26 = 5+6+7+8
  • 26 is the cutoff age for holding an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which can get you discounts on travel. Sigh. At least I have a job now. And no time to travel.

Oooh — I just found a Wikipedia entry on the number 26. Here are those facts (copied from Wikipedia):

Happy birthday to me.



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4 responses to “Twenty-six

  1. Correction: if A=0, B=1, etc., I would be turning BA years old, and therefore entering the double digits right now. I think that calls for celebration.

  2. … Oh, and there will be a celebration. Saturday night. If you want in on it (and are local, etc.), let me know and I’ll give you the details.

  3. Happy Birthday!

    There are 26 Astronomy Clubs in Michigan.

  4. Lacey

    Happy Birthday!
    I will be there on Saturday all though there is no AC at the Spudnik so I will have to suffer since it is your birthday. JK


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