Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Number nicknames: 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80

In previous posts, I have posted the nicknames for numbers 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61-70. Here now are the nicknames for the next 10 numbers...

71. The Blackbird

After the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, one of the sweetest machines to ever flip gravity the bird.

72. The Par

While there are occasional exceptions, the total par (expected number of swings for an expert) for a typical eighteen-hole golf course adds up to 72.

73. The Sheldon

In Season 4 Episode 10 of The Big Bang Theory (the 73rd episode in the series), Dr. Sheldon Cooper (played by actor Jim Parsons), says: "The best number is 73. Why? 73 is the 21st prime number. Its mirror (37) is the 12th and its mirror (21) is the product of multiplying, 7 and 3. ... In binary, 73 is a palindrome, 1001001 which backwards is 1001001."

74. The Hurricane

A storm is considered a hurricane if it has sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

75. The Diamond

A 75th anniversary is known as the "diamond anniversary."

76. The Trombones

After the finale "76 Trombones" from the musical The Music Man. The lyrics to the chorus, in part, read: "Seventy six trombones led the big parade / With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand..."

77. The Hockey Sticks

Because sevens look like upended hockey sticks.

78. The Old Record

The original standard playing speed for records was 78 rotations per minute. At this speed, you could fit about three minutes per side on a standard 10-inch record.

79. The Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius famously erupted in the year 79, burying the city of Pompeii in hot, toxic ash in the process.

80. The Around the World

After the beloved Victorian era novel by Jules Verne (and subsequent film adaptations) Around the World in 80 Days.

Next time: numbers 81-90...

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