(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):
- 26 is the only number between a square (5*5=25) and a cube (3*3*3=27)
- 26 is the atomic number of iron
- 26 is a repdigit in base 3 (222)
- The number of World Series Championships won by the New York Yankees through 2006.
- The number of miles in a marathon rounded down (26 miles and 385 yards).
- The designation of Interstate 26, a freeway that runs from South Carolina to Tennessee.
- The car number of Will Ferrell‘s title character in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. In real life, however, this is Jamie McMurray‘s car number.
- Michigan is the 26th state to be admitted to the United States.
- The age at which males can no longer be drafted in the United States
- The number of words sent in 43.24 seconds by Kimberly Yeo of Singapore to set the Guiness Book of World Records record for fastest text message. Ms Yeo sent the following sentence, established as the official standard by Guiness for this record: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
Happy birthday to me.