Monday, July 9, 2012

Number nicknames: 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 and 101

OK, this is it—the moment you've all been waiting for. (Or, most likely, not really.) After posting the nicknames for numbers 0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80 and 81-90, here are the last of my number nicknames...

91. The Lollapalooza

OK, here's the thing: the numbers in the 90s are neglected, so some of these are going to be a stretch. Like this one: 1991 was the year that the Lollapalooza music festival was born. OK, it's not Woodstock, but it's pretty cool. And Lollapalooza is fun to say. Go ahead, try it.

92. The Christopher Columbus

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

93. The Clinton

After the year he took office, 1993.

94. The Private Eye

This satirical British magazine uses the number 94 all of the time as a running gag. Why is that funny? Don't ask; they're British.

95. The Dolly Parton

For her song and movie 9 to 5. Get it? OK, stop rolling your eyes, I said the 90s were difficult.

96. The Platonic

Head-to-toe and back-to-back. If you need any more explanation than that, I don't know what to tell you.

97. The Wreck

This one comes from the famous wreck of the "Old 97," a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail. It ran from Washington, DC to Atlanta, Georgia. On September 27, 1903, the train derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad that is a staple of old-time music.

98. The Oldsmobile

The Oldsmobile 98 automobile was the flagship model of the Oldsmobile division of General Motors.

99. The Bottle of Beer on the Wall

OK, I could have gone with "The Gretzky" (his number was 99) or "The Luftballons." (Honestly, this number had more possibilities than the rest of the 90s put together.) But again my criterion was: which one is the most fun to say? And so the most inappropriate children's song ever written wins.

100. The Century

From the Latin centum, meaning one hundred: one hundred years, one hundred miles or one hundred of anything you like.

101. The Freshman

All introductory college classes end in "101": "English Composition 101," "Algebra 101," etc. This series of posts was "Number Nicknames 101." You been schooled, sucka. Peace!

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