February 6, 2017 Open Thread; happy Waitangi Day
February 6 is the 37th day of the year. There are 328 days left.
Today's number is 6
6 is the sum of its proper divisors (1, 2, & 3), which makes it a perfect number. It is the smallest perfect number,
6 is the only number that is both the sum and the product of three consecutive positive numbers.
6 similar coins can be arranged around a central coin of the same radius so that each coin makes contact with the central one and both of its neighbors.
A six-sided polygon is a hexagon, one of the three regular polygons capable of tiling the plane.
There are six basic trigonometric functions.
A star of David has 6 points
Hexa is classical greek for 6
A hexahedron is a polyhedron with six faces.
A cube is a special case of the hexahedron
A die is a special cube and 6 is highest number on a normal die.
Hexameter is a poetic form consisting of six feet per line
A "hex nut" is a nut with six sides, and a hex bolt has a six-sided head
The prefix "hexa-" occurs in the name of many chemical compounds, such as hexane.
A hexaflexagon is an interesting object made from a strip of paper that everybody can make and fool around with. There are several more variations than those in this video
Sex is latin for 6
A sextant forms one-sixth of a whole circle
6 musicians are a sextet
6 babies delivered in one birth are sextuplets
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A standard guitar has 6 strings
A fathom is 6 feet long (deep)
6 is highest number on either end of a standard domino
M6 is an open cluster in the constellation Scorpius.
The cells of a beehive are 6-sided
Insects have 6 legs
A benzene molecule has a ring of 6 carbon atoms
6 is the atomic number of carbon
The sixfold symmetry of snowflakes is due to the hexagonal crystal structure of water ice which comes from the hydrogen bonding of water molecules
In the Standard Model of particle physics, there are 6 types of quarks and 6 types of leptons
Common references to 6 include
6 feet under
6 degrees of separation
6 banger, straight 6, or v-6
6 gun or 6 shooter
Title 6 of the US Code is Domestic Security, including the
Heimat Sicherheitspolizei Homeland Security Organization
6 BCE was the Year of the Consulship of Balbus and Vetus
Emperor Augustus sent ferrets to the Balearic Islands to control the rabbit plagues. (The islanders were great slingers so it made sense for a military empire to cater to them.) I wonder if they were folk slingers, or more formal?
Tiberius Claudius Nero was sent to Armenia, then retired to Rhodes. Another opportunity for me to play ...
6 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Lepidus and Arruntius
Josephus says that Quirinius conducted a census in Judea which caused a revolt therein which was led by led by Judas the Galilean. The revolt was put down and the rebels were crucified, but it gave birth to the Zealot movement. The zealots wished to establish a global Jewish theocracy and fought the Romans until about 70 CE. They left behind their name.
Meanwhile, in China, an occultation of Mars by the moon caused some to fear for the life of emperor Ping Di who, in fact, died of unexpected causes within a couple of months. This left it up to good old Wang Mang to select a new emperor, and he picked the 2 year old Ruzi Ying.
On this day in:
1819 -- Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore. Slings were presumably slung.
1820 -- 86 African Americans left New York to colonize what is today Liberia.
1840 -- New Zealand became a British colony.
1899 -- The US Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris between the US and Spain
1918 -- British women over 30 got the right to vote, the rest remained serfs.
1922 -- The Washington Naval Treaty was signed limiting the naval armaments of the US, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.
1952 -- Elizabeth II became queen
1959 -- Jack Kilby filed for the first patent of an integrated circuit.
1981 -- The National Resistance Army of Uganda started the Ugandan Bush War
1987 -- Justice Mary Gaudron became the first woman appointed to the Australian High Court
2012 -- A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines
2013 -- A 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Solomon Islands
2016 -- A 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan
Born this day in:
1879 -- Othon Friesz, Fauvist painter
1895 -- Robert La Follette Jr., politician, co-founder of the progressive party
1898 -- Harry Haywood, politician, activist, CPUSA member
1902 -- George Brunies, trombonist
1903 -- Claudio Arrau, pianist and composer
1911 -- Ronald Reagan, mediocre actor, bad governor, terrible president who dumped Jane Wyman for Nancy,
1912 -- Eva Braun, wife of Adolf Hitler
1913 -- Mary Leakey, archaeologist and anthropologist
1932 -- FranÃ§ois Truffaut, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1940 -- Tom Brokaw, journalist and author
1942 -- Sarah Brady, gun control activist and author
1944 -- Willie Tee, singer, songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
1945 -- Bob Marley, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1946 -- Richie Hayward, drummer and songwriter
1946 -- Kate McGarrigle, musician and singer-songwriter
1947 -- Bill Staines, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1949 -- Mike Batt, singer, songwriter and producer
1950 -- Natalie Cole, singer, songwriter and actress
1957 -- Simon Phillips, drummer and producer
1962 -- Axl Rose, singer, songwriter and producer
1964 -- Gordon Downie, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1966 -- Rick Astley, singer, songwriter, nothing to see here
1967 -- Anita Cochran, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Died this day in:
1378 -- Joanna of Bourbon, not to be confused with Joanna of Rye or Scotch
1804 -- Joseph Priestley, chemist and theologian
1918 -- Gustav Klimt, painter and illustrator
1976 -- Vince Guaraldi, singer, songwriter and pianist
1981 -- Hugo Montenegro, composer and conductor
1990 -- Jimmy Van Heusen, pianist and composer
2007 -- Frankie Laine, singer, songwriter and actor
2011 -- Gary Moore, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
2016 -- Dan Hicks, singer, songwriter and guitarist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (United Nations)
Waitangi Day, celebrates the founding of New Zealand in 1840.
So, for music George Brunies Claudio Arrau Willie Tee Bob Marley Richie Hayward Kate McGarrigle Bill Staines Mike Batt Natalie Cole Simon Phillips Axl Rose Gordon Downie Rick Astley Anita Cochran Vince Guaraldi Hugo Montenegro Jimmy Van Heusen Frankie Laine Gary Moore Dan Hicks
Jimmy Van Heusen
OK, what's on your minds?
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