Monday Open Thread: May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21 is the 141st day of the year, there are 224 days left
Tis Sweetmorn, Discord 68, 3184 YOLD for the discordians amongst us
Today's number is 21
21 is the product of 2 primes, 7 and 3
21 is the sum of the first 6 natural numbers. 1+2+3+4+5+6 = 21
21 is a fibonnacci number 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21
21st Amendment ended prohibition
21 is Scandium
21 is the total of the spots on one 6 sided die (see: sum of the first 6 natural numbers, duh)
In several countries 21 is the legal age of majority.
In all US states 21 is the legal drinking age.
In some countries 21 is the voting age.
The highest-winning point total in Blackjack is 21
There are 21 shillings in a guinea.
OK, 21 is 3 x 7. Accordingly, x/21, whenever x =3n, is the same as n/7 which gets us back to the freaky repeating decimal (0.142857) discussed on the 7th and the 14th. The decimal part of n/7 where n is a natural number not a multiple of 999,999 or 7 is the remainder x 0.142857 repeated on out to infinity. n/14 has similar rules, and now we get to n/21, which is, for example ...
1/21 = 0.047619047619 repeat == (1/7)/3
2/21 = 0.095238095238 repeat == (2/7)/3
3/21 = 0.142857142857 repeat == (3/7)/3 == 1/7, Bingo!
4/21 = 0.190476 repeat == (4/7)/3
Title 21 of the US Code is Food And Drugs
was the Year of the Consulship of Lollius and Lepidus
Lepidus is "the Hare", but WTF is Lollius, "the Laugher"?
21 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Caesar
King Daeso of Dongbuyeo died in battle
Arminius, who whupped that Damned Varus at the battle of Teutoburger Wald, died
The Empress Wang died
On this day in:
1703 -- Daniel Defoe was imprisoned for seditious libel. Good on him.
1851 -- Slavery was abolished in Colombia
1856 -- Lawrence, Kansas was captured and burned by pro-slavery forces
1871 -- French troops invaded the Paris Commune
1881 -- Clara Barton established the American Red Cross
1911 -- Porfirio Diaz and Francisco Madero signed the Treaty of Ciudad Juarez
1927 -- Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Field *
1932 -- Amelia Earhart landed in a pasture in Derry **
1934 -- Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first US town to fingerprint all of its citizens
1937 -- The Soviet " North Pole-1" became the first research settlement on arctic drift ice
1946 -- Louis Slotin was fatally irradiated by the "demon core" at Los Alamos
1961 -- Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declared martial law because Freedom Riders
1979 -- The San Francisco White Night riots took place
1994 -- The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessfully attempted to secede from the Republic of Yemen
2001 -- French officially declared the Atlantic slave trade and slavery to be crimes against humanity.***
* First transatlantic nonstop solo
** First transatlantic solo by a woman
*** The US has remained strangely silent on this matter
Born this day in:
1471 -- Albrecht Durer, German painter, engraver, and mathematician
1527 -- Philip II of Spain aka "Philip the Sap" launched the Armada of fools
1688 -- Alexander Pope, poet, essayist and hair fetishist
1792 -- Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, mathematician and engineer
1799 -- Mary Anning, paleontologist
1844 -- Henri Rousseau, painter
1904 -- Fats Waller, singer, songwriter and pianist
1916 -- Harold Robbins, author
1918 -- Dennis Day, singer and actor
1920 -- Bill Barber, jazz tuba player
1921 -- Andrei Sakharov, physicist
1923 -- Dorothy Hewett, feminist poet, novelist and playwright
1933 -- Maurice Andre, trumpt player
1935 -- Terry Lightfoot, clarinet player and bandleader
1940 -- Tony Sheridan, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1941 -- Martin Carthy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1941 -- Ronald Isley, singer, songwriter and producer, yep.
1943 -- Vincent Crane, pianist and composer
1943 -- John Dalton, bass player kinks
1943 -- Hilton Valentine, guitarist and songwriter animals
1947 -- Bill Champlin, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1948 -- Leo Sayer, singer, songwriter and musician
1954 -- Marc Ribot, guitarist and composer
Died this day in:
1542 -- Hernando de Soto, so-called "explorer" and conquistador *
1619 -- Hieronymus Fabricius, anatomist
1664 -- Elizabeth Poole, colonist, religious proselytizer, founder of Taunton
1686 -- Otto von Guericke, physicist
1786 -- Carl Wilhelm Scheele, chemist
1810 -- Chevalier d'Eon, famously androgenous French diplomat and spy **
1894 -- Emile Henry, noted anarchist
1911 -- Williamina Fleming, astronomer, discovered horsehead nebula
1919 -- Evgraf Fedorov, mathematician and crystallographer
1935 -- Jane Addams, activist and author
1935 -- Hugo de Vries, botanist and geneticist
1964 -- James Franck, physicist
1965 -- Geoffrey de Havilland, engineer
1973 -- Vaughn Monroe, singer, trumpet player, and bandleader
2013 -- Frank Comstock, trombonist, composer, and conductor
2013 -- Bob Thompson, pianist and composer known for "space age(bachelor pad) pop"
2015 -- Louis Johnson, bass player
* I find it more and more improper to call imperialist comqueror and colonizer assholes like De Soto "explorers". They do not set out to explore and discover, but to conquer, colonize, expropriate and exploit.
** Eon's life as lived would've almost certainly be impossible in today's putatively more civilized era.
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia)
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (International)
picture: Emerald Schell's New Tissue Paper Collage
It's an open thread, so do your thing