May 22, 2017 Open Thread; International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22 is the 142nd day of the year. There are 223 days left.
Today's number is 22
22 is the product of two primes, 2 and 11
Being a product of 11 generates some fun we'll look at later
22 sevenths has been used as a rough approximation of pi for millenia
22 is titanium, a seriously kick-ass metal, but brittle in a pure state
A cricket pitch is 22 yards long
Catch 22 is a novel by Joseph Heller
A "Catch 22" is a type of gotcha or puzzle such as occur in that novel
.22 and .22LR (long rifle) are common small caliber weapons designations
"Fun" with "math"
1/11 = .090909 repeated forever
1/22 = 1/2 of 1/11 = 0.5 x .0909 = .04545454545 ad infinitum
Thus, a/22 = a x .045454545 etc
In doing mental arithmetic, multiplying by eleven is often easiest done by multiplying by 10 and then adding the original number. For example, 14 x 11 = 10 x 14 + 14 = 140 + 14 = 154
Similarly, multiplying by 22 is often easily done by multiplying by 2 and then multiplying the product by 11. Thus 14 x 22 = 28 x 11 = 280 + 28 = 308
Multiplying by 22 can also be made easier by first multiplying by 11 and then doubling the result. Thus 14 x 22 = (140+14) x 2 = 154 x 2 = 308
22 squared = 484, which just happens to be 4 x 11 squared. Hint: (2 x 11)(2 x 11) = (2 x 2)(11 x 11)
Title 22 of the US Code is FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSE.
While I am nether a lawyer nor a politician, it seems to me that each subject merits its own title, but there it is.
was the Year of the Consulship of Marcellus and Arruntius
Gaius Petronius, Roman governor of Egypt, destroyed the Nubian capital
was the Year of the Consulship of Agrippa and Galba
Roman law replaced Celtic law and customs in Gaul. The earth wept.
Valeria Messalina, the third wife of Emperor Claudius was born
On this day in:
0760 -- Halley's Comet sighting recorded in China
1762 -- The Trevi Fountain was completed. It is not known if coins were thrown into it.
1804 -- The Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Charles
1819 -- The SS Savannah set sail to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic
1826 -- HMS Beagle set sail on her first voyage
1848 -- Slavery was abolished in Martinique.
1900 -- The Associated Press was formed
1906 -- The Wright brothers got a patent on their flying machine
1915 -- Mount Lassen erupted
1941 -- British troops took Fallujah.
1943 -- Stalin disbanded the Comintern.
1947 -- The Truman Doctrine went into effect
1964 -- LBJ launched the Great Society, which aimed at helping human beings
1968 -- The USS Scorpion sank
1972 -- Ceylon became Sri Lanka
1973 -- Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up
1990 -- North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.
2015 -- The Republic of Ireland legalized same-sex marriage
The Great Society indeed
Born this day in:
1783 -- William Sturgeon, physicist and inventor, (electromagnet, electric motor)
1813 -- Richard Wagner, composer
1846 -- Rita Cetina Gutierrez, poet, educator, feminist, and activist
1859 -- Arthur Conan Doyle, writer, physician, spiritualist and justice activist
1905 -- Bodo von Borries, physicist, co-inventor of electron microscope
1914 -- Sun Ra, pianist, composer, bandleader, poet and, well, Sun Ra
1924 -- Charles Aznavour, singer, songwriter and actor
1927 -- Peter Matthiessen, writer, editor, spook and co-founder of The Paris Review
1930 -- Harvey Milk, politician
1934 -- Peter Nero, pianist and conductor
1942 -- Ted Kaczynski, critic
1950 -- Bernie Taupin, singer, songwriter and poet
1950 -- Bill Whelan, composer and musician
1959 -- Morrissey, singer and songwriter
1966 -- Johnny Gill, singer, songwriter and producer
Died this day in:
0337 -- Constantine the Great, early influential christofascist proponent of homophobia
1553 -- Giovanni Bernardi, sculptor and engraver
1885 -- Victor Hugo, author, poet & playwright
1932 -- Augusta, Lady Gregory, activist, author, and playwright, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre
1967 -- Langston Hughes, poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright
2010 -- Martin Gardner, mathematician, cryptographer, and author noted for his Scientific American column
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Harvey Milk Day (California)
International Day for Biological Diversity
Unity Day (Yemen)
World Goth Day
So, for music Haley's Comet Trevi Fountain Richard Wagner Sun Ra Charles Aznavour Peter Nero Bernie Taupin Bill Whelan Morrissey Johnny Gill
Johnny Gill with bonus millenial whoop
OK, what's on your minds?
Today's daily horoscope for Monday 22 May 2017
The moon continues to wane through the house of Aries on the twenty-second of May. Aries is a very courageous sign, but tends to be so to a fault. While the natives of more timid signs should consider trying new things or persevering through hard times, the natives of more courageous signs should be careful that they don't take things too far, and the natives of all signs should remember to look before they leap.
Mars is in syzygy and the earth is in heat ;-P
Well, so where were you in sixty-two?