Sunday, July 1, 2012

Number nicknames: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 and 60

Last week, I posted the nicknames for numbers 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40 and 41-50. Here now are the nicknames for the next 10 numbers...

51. The Area

Named after Area 51, the top-secret U.S. military base in Nevada, where rumor has it they have hidden evidence of aliens from outer space.

52. The Pickup

After the "game" 52 Pickup, which you have to play every time you drop a deck of cards. (There are 52 cards in a deck.)

53. The Love Bug

After the movie of the same name and several sequels, which starred a sentient Volkswagon Beetle named Herbie.

54. The Studio

After the famous New York nightclub Studio 54, which was the epicenter of the disco scene in the late 1970s.

55. The Drum

The 55-gallon drum is a common container for storing industrial fluids like oil and solvents.

56. The Sammy Hagar

Before his days with the band Van Halen, the "Red Rocker" Sammy Hagar gained fame singing the song "I Can't Drive 55" (1984), protesting what was then the 55 miles per hour speed limit on U.S. highways. That presumably means that 56 miles per hour is his minimum.

57. The Heinz

The H.J. Heinz Company famously advertises themselves as having "57 varieties" of food products. They actually have many more, but the number was chosen arbitraily for their 1896 marketing campaign to demonstrate to the public that they had numerous products available.

58. The Patrick

In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star claims that: "58 is like the luckiest number ever."

59. The Queensborough Bridge

In New York, the 59th Street Bridge is also known as the Queensborough Bridge.

60. The Minute

There are 60 seconds in one minute. (Also, there are 60 minutes in one hour, so either way you go from a minute, the number 60 is significant.)

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