Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fiftynine

The crack ass that Rowan Atkinson is, he names places by the number of steps it takes to reach that place from his studio. So on the way to Tiffany's cafe', at Tesco, he would shout to Julia: 'Yuhu, 10 more steps and we have 69'. The smarty pant, Julia would interpret that in her own way, "Go fish!", blissfully oblivious of the fact that Tesco is 59 steps away from Rowan's studio; that there is absolutely no room for the motel across the street to even cross his mind. Nescience and peace are, at most times synonymous; but then there is this eternal urge of facing everything on its face; the need to prove to one's own self that he/she can consume anything and be cheerful and productive; the need to live upto the reputation of being a sea shell.

The number 59, though has its own specialties - to start with, its a prime ... and the list just goes on

- a safe prime (A safe prime is a prime number of the form 2p + 1, where p is also a prime)
- a Pillai prime (it divides 15! + 1, but is not of the form 15k + 1)
- 59 divides the smallest composite Euclid number (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11 * 13 + 1 = 59 * 509)
- approximately the number of days in two lunar months
- Beethoven's Opus 59 consists of the three so-called Razumovsky Quartets
- The 1960s song "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" was popularized by Simon & Garfunkel
- 59 is a magical golf score achieved on the PGA Tour
- Satchel Paige became the oldest major league baseball player at age 59
- Praseodymium has an atomic number of 59
- Cobalt has one Stable Isotope. It has 59 neutrons

And far more importantly, the reason for all this crap: 59 is exactly the number of days falling between my official birthday and doom's day