Sunday, July 8, 2012

Number nicknames: 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 90

We're almost there! In previous posts, I have posted the nicknames for numbers 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70 and 71-80. Here now are the nicknames for the next 10 numbers...

81. The Reagan

Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. If you look closely at the number 81, you can also see the blueprint for his "supply-side economics" policy (fat cats first, and those without come after).

82. The Airborne

After the famous 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, an infantry division that specializes in parachute landing operations.

83. The Barney Stinson

On the television show How I Met Your Mother, character Barney Stinson (played by the 100% awesome Neil Patrick Harris) constantly uses 83 for all of the random, made up numbers and statistics he quotes.

84. The Big Brother

Big Brother was the name of the dictator in the famous 1949 dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. In the novel, everyone was under constant surveillance by Big Brother's regime. Good thing that was only fiction and we're not under 24/7 surveillance everywhere we go these days. Heh heh. (Shhh... Big Brother is watching you...)

85. The Ochocinco

in 2008, NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson changed his last name to Ochocinco (Spanish for "eight-five"), after his jersey number 85. I was going to write "insane NFL wide receiver," but this is in no way atypical for an NFL wide receiver.

86. The Get Smart

In the wonderfully wacky spy show Get Smart, Don Adams played blundering superspy Maxwell Smart, also known as Agent 86.

87. The Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is one of the most influential speeches ever given. All most people can remember about it, though, is that it starts: "Four score and seven years ago..." For the math and history challenged among us, I'll just spell it out: a "score" is 20, so "four score and seven" is (4 x 20) + 7 = 87.

88. The Keys

A piano has 88 of them in total.

89. The Sooner

In the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, people lined up to race to claim the free tracts of land. Some, however, snuck in and got there sooner, giving Oklahoma its nickname: the Sooner State.

90. The Right Angle

If you've made it this far, I'm guessing you like numbers well enough to understand this reference.

Next time: the final entry—numbers 91–101!

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