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Thursday, October 05, 2006 

32- Cliff Claven style...

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. ! That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

What words of wisdom Cliff!

In the spirit of the Claven Institute of Useless Knowledge, I wanted to know more about the number of my newfound age, the number 32...

32 is:

the smallest number n with exactly 7 solutions to the equation φ(x) = n. It is also the sum of the totient function for the first ten integers.

the atomic number of germanium... naturally not to be confused with geranium...

the freezing point of water at sea level in degrees Fahrenheit

the number of variations in Bach's Goldberg variations

the number of completed, numbered piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven

in the title and lyrics of the song 32 Footsteps by They Might Be Giants

the number of teeth of a full set of teeth in an adult human (not including hockey players or soccer hooligans), including wisdom teeth

the size of a databus in bits: 32-bit

the winning car number of Ray Harroun in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911

in chess, the total number of black squares on the board, the total number of white squares, and the total number of pieces (black and white) at the beginning of the game

the code for international direct dial phone calls to Belgium

retired number of L.A. Lakers Magic Johnson's jersey

O.J. Simpson's uniform number (or the number of motions it took to decapitate Nicole)

the age of Jesus Christ when he was crucified and subsequently the year AD that Saint Peter traditionally becomes first pope

pump water up an open tube and it can be raised to 32 feet - at that point cohesion is lost and the water column will break or cavitate

according to the U.S. Census Bureau of places in the United States with the word "eagle" in their name

the short form of ThirtyTwo, a producer of snowboard footwear

For further useless knowledge, cuz I'm kool like dat:

On this date in 2032:

Assassination of John Connor by a T-850 series Terminator, in the Terminator movie continuum

the movie Demolition Man takes place during this year.

demons from hell successfully establish a hellgate and use it to invade London in the computer game Hellgate: London
--this may have already happened--

Events of 1932:

British arrest and intern Mohandas Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel

Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate

Pierre Laval forms a new government in France

About 6 million unemployed in Germany
--not much change there eh?--

Japan occupies Shanghai

Japanese warships arrive in Nanking

General convention of disarmament begins in Geneva

League of Nations again recommends negotiations between the Republic of China and Japan

Pope Pius XI meets Benito Mussolini in the Vatican City

Adolf Hitler gains German citizenship prior to elections

Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, the infant son of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped (ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey just a few miles from the Lindbergh's home)

Eamon de Valera is elected President of the Executive Council. It is the first change of government in the Irish Free State in 10 years

the Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States at 1 cent per US gallon (0.26 ¢/L) sold

bans against SS and SA overturned in Germany

1932 Summer Olympics open in Los Angeles

first positron is discovered by Carl D. Anderson

first Venice Film Festival

actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide jumping from the letter H of the (then) Hollywoodland sign

Mohandas Gandhi begins an hunger strike in Poona prison

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century airs on radio for the first time

U.S. presidential election: Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover in a landslide victory

German president Hindenburg begins negotiations with Adolf Hitler about the formation of a new government

in Washington, DC, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens

the Cipher Bureau broke the German Enigma cipher

Saudi Arabia is declared a unified nation with Ibn Saud as a king.

Earthquake in the Kansu Province in China - 70,000 dead

Zippo lighters invented

Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition established for repeal of prohibition in U.S.

Edward Kennedy, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Casey Kasem, Sonny Liston, Mario Cuomo, Pat Morita, Donald Rumsfeld, Patsy Cline, Jacques Chirac, Little Richard, were born

John Philip Sousa and George Eastman died

And in 32BC: The Roman Senate declares war upon Marc Antony and Cleopatra; Caesar Augustus is proclaimed dux and the West swears an oath of loyalty to him. In order to assure this oath, Octavian publishes what is purported to be Antony's will and which bequeaths all Eastern lands to Cleopatra.



Uhh, thanks Cliff... I'll buy the next round big guy...

Happy Birthday. I'd add to your list, but I think you got it covered. :)

nuttin like a lil wikipedia work

Happy Birthday, P! I caught you link through RT.

Wasn't Jesus 33 when he was crucified??

Do not question the Claven...

better late than never....
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday dear "P"
Happy Birthday to you!!!

Wow that was good I was in tune that time for the entire song!!

Happy Birthday Man! I hope you hade a good day.
Nate

Hapy Birthday young buck! Should you really have 47 kids by the age of 32?

Just asking.

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