April 3, 2017 Open Thread; Howl Day (unofficial)
April 3 is the 93rd day of the year. There are 272 days left.
Today's number is 3
3 is a prime
3 is the first odd prime (but aren't they all just a little bit odd?)
3 is the first Fermat Prime;
3 is the first Mersenne Prime;
3 is the only prime that is both a Fermat Prime and a Mersenne Prime
Simple fractions with 3 in the denominator have infinite repeats of a single digit in decimal form (including zero)
The smallest polygon is the 3 sided triangle
3 points in space determine a plane
3 points in space alse determine a circle
A natural number is divisible by three if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3.
If a number is divisible by 3, so is its reverse, like 123 & 321
3 is lithium.
3 was Babe Ruth
3 is the number of spatial dimensions humans can perceive.
Basketball has a 3 point basket and a 3 second rule.
A football field goal is 3 points
3 strikes and you're out
3 outs per team per inning
3 Blind Mice
3 Wise Men
In The Hunting of the Snark (A Poem in Eight Fits), the Bellman declares the rule of 3: "What i tell you three times is true." It is proven later in the Poem thusly --
NOW PAY ATTENTION HERE:
"Taking Three as the subject to reason about -
A convenient number to state -
We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
By One Thousand diminished by Eight."
"The result we proceed to divide, as you see,
By Nine Hundred and Ninety and Two:
Then subtract Seventeen, and the answer must be
Exactly and perfectly true."
-- Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark (A Poem in Eight Fits)
The "Rule of Thirds" is an alleged rule of composition for painting, photography and the like.
Somebody who is 3 sheets to the wind is drunk
10-3 is the police and emergency code for "stop transmitting"
"Code 3" means "Emergency response; lights and siren"
"Almost all" integers contain the digit 3
Title 3 of the US Code is The President.
was the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Messalla
Seneca was born, also Servius Sulpicius Galba ( a Roman Emperor)
was the Year of the Consulship of Lamia and Servilius
Pontius Pilate was appointed prefect of Judea.
Tiberius retired to Capri
On this day in:
1860 -- The first successful Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California started,
1882 -- Robert Ford killed Jessee James
1885 -- Gottlieb Daimler received a patent for his engine - a good idea at the time
1895 -- Oscar Wilde's libel case against Queensberry began - a bad idea, but Ballad of Readng Gaol
1922 -- Stalin became General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party - a very bad idea
1948 -- Truman signed the Marshall Plan
1955 -- The ACLU announced it would defend Ginsberg's Howl - an excellent idea
1968 -- MLK Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech
1981 -- The Osborne 1 was unveiled
2000 -- Microsoft was ruled to have violated US antitrust law but was not punished and no victims were recompensed
2010 -- Apple Inc. released the first iPad, foreshadowing ifrenzy to come.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
A. Ginsburg; Howl
Born this day in:
1639 -- Alessandro Stradella, composer
1778 -- Pierre Bretonneau, doctor who performed the first successful tracheotomy
1783 -- Washington Irving, writer
1791 -- Anne Lister, diarist, mountaineer, and traveller, "the first modern lesbian".
1807 -- Mary Carpenter, educational and social reformer
1822 -- Edward Everett Hale, writer and preacher
1823 -- Boss Tweed, typical politician
1885 -- Bud Fisher, cartoonist, think Mutt & Jeff
1886 -- Dooley Wilson, actor and singer
1895 -- Zez Confrey, pianist and composer
1898 -- Henry Luce, publisher, co-founded Time Magazine
1904 -- Russel Wright, dinnerware and furniture designer
1916 -- Herb Caen, writer, the Sakamenna Kid
1919 -- Ervin Drake, songwriter and composer, it was a very good year
1924 -- Marlon Brando who couldda been a contender
1924 -- Roza Shanina, Russian sniper
1936 -- Jimmy McGriff, organist and bandleader
1936 -- Harold Vick, saxophonist and flautist
1938 -- Jeff Barry, songwriter
1941 -- Jan Berry, singer and songwriter, (Jan & Dean) inspiration and mentor of the Beach Boys
1942 -- Billy Joe Royal, guitarist, singer, songwriter and boondocker
1943 -- Richard Manuel, pianist, singer, songwriter and bandmember
1944 -- Tony Orlando, Captain Kangaroo look-alike
1946 -- Dee Murray, bassist, mostly with Elton
1949 -- Richard Thompson, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1951 -- Mitch Woods, singer, songwriter and pianist
Died this day in:
CE 33 -- Jesus of Nazareth, or some other date, or year, but wait, he didn't die anyway, did he? What?
1882 -- Jesse James, criminal and outlaw, sometimes folk hero
1897 -- Johannes Brahms, pianist and composer
1901 -- Richard D'Oyly Carte
1902 -- Esther Hobart Morris, lawyer and judge
1950 -- Kurt Weill, composer and pianist
1950 -- Carter G. Woodson, historian, author, and journalist, founded Black History Month
1978 -- Ray Noble, bandleader, composer, and actor
1990 -- Sarah Vaughan, singer
1991 -- Graham Greene, writer
1998 -- Mary Cartwright, mathematician of chaos
2014 -- Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, guitarist, fiddler, and composer
2015 -- Bob Burns, drummer and songwriter
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
I'm inventing Howl Day, so there.
So, for music Alessandro Stradella Dooley Wilson Zez Confrey Ervin Drake Jimmy McGriff Harold Vick Jeff Barry Jan Berry Billy Joe Royal Richard Manuel Tony Orlando Dee Murray Richard Thompson Mitch Woods Johannes Brahms Richard D'Oyly Carte Kurt Weill Ray Noble Sarah Vaughan Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Bob Burns
Jeff Barry & his wife Ellie Greenwich wrote a ton of hits, such as
Billy Joe Royal
Richard D'Oyly Carte put together an opera company and brought together Mssrs Gilbert & Sullivan
Kurt Weill (hiya Mimi)
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith
OK, what's on your minds?