Monday, October 15, 2007


Thirty-nine is:

According to David Wells in The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers, 39 is the smallest mathematically uninteresting number.

The sum of five consecutive primes (3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13) and the sum of the first three powers of 3 (31 + 32 + 33).

The atomic number of yttrium

In the title of the John Buchan novel and subsequent films (one by Alfred Hitchcock), The Thirty-Nine Steps

The code for international direct-dialed phone calls to Italy

I-39 is the designation for a US interstate highway from Normal, Illinois to Wausau, Wisconsin.

I-39 is the 39th shortest of the primary "two digit" Interstates.

The eternal age of comedian Jack Benny, and many other people as they grow older

The traditional number of times citizens of Ancient Rome hit their slaves when beating them, referred to as "Forty save one"

Japanese Internet chat slang for "thank you" when written with numbers

"'39" is a track on Queen's album A Night At the Opera. If the tracks on Queen's original studio albums are numbered in sequential order starting with their first, "'39" does in fact fall in the thirty-ninth position

"39" is a song by The Cure on their album "Bloodflowers"

39 cents was the cost of First Class US postage stamps (first ounce) from Jan. 8, 2006 to May 14, 2007

The duration, in nanoseconds, of the nuclear reaction in the largest nuclear explosion ever performed (Tsar bomb)

The number of Scud missiles which Iraq fired at Israel during the Gulf War in 1991

World War II broke out in Europe on September 1, 1939

Pier 39 in San Francisco

At age 39:

Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the 1st person to set foot on the moon

Charles Goodyear led the way to the effective use of rubber

Jimmy Connors reached the U.S. Open semifinals

Joseph Smith Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated

I wrote this blog entry.



diana said...

well, happy birthday! i hope you had a wonderful day full of laughter and love.

Corey~living and loving said...

WOW what a great way to post about your birthday! I love it! :) very creative!
happy birthday!

melody is slurping life said...

Happy Day! I hope you celebrated in style...maybe received 39 post.

Kim said...

Happy B-day!!! This was a cool post by the way. How in the world did you come up with all those facts? I have visions of you googling for 39 straight hours.

Kim @ TheBitterBall

nutmeg said...

Happy belated birthday! I loved 39!

Deb said...

Happy birthday!!

Jen E said...

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!!! :)

holly said...

oh crud, i missed it! i'm wishing you a happy belated birthday anyway BECAUSE you are a fellow libra.

this was a great post. :)