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More from popular and semi-popular culture:

1984

1000 000 000 and 1000 000 000

2001



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Not bad, not bad at all! "101" has several associations, as Google will instantly reveal. The 101 Dalmatians (1956) - which was soon followed by the classic Disney movie - is certainly one. Its also used in denoting a basic, general course in some subject or the other, such as Psycology 101.

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No idea. I'm not THAT clued up on pop culture. :-)

664? Why, that would be the neighbour of the beast. ;)

Ok, yours:

1984 - A George Orwell dystopian novel. I think the term "Big Brother Watching" was coined somewhere in it's pages.

1000 000 000 and 1000 000 000 - not too sure ... might be from a song by Tori Amos.

2001 The Stan Kubrick flick.


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« Last Edit: July 29, 2012, 07:20:25 am by Rigil Kent »
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1984 - A George Orwell dystopian novel. I think the term "Big Brother Watching" was coined somewhere in it's pages.

If you have not read it, you should. Everyone should. And coming from someone who very seldom reads any fiction, that says something. :-)

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1000 000 000 and 1000 000 000 - not too sure ... might be from a song by Tori Amos.

Hmm, I notice now I actually kind of screwed up the phrase. It should more properly be 1000 000 000s and 1000 000 000s.



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1000 000 000s and 1000 000 000s.
Milliards & Milliards: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, a 1996 book by Barry Sagan, Carl’s lesser-known twin brother who, separated at birth, grew up in the UK. ;)
 
57.295...
Radians-to-degrees conversion factor for angles.  (Also, a good Celsius temperature at which to set your geyser.)

1642
Isaac Newton’s birth year (according to the Julian calendar; the Gregorian one was not yet in effect in England at that time).

1652
The year Jan van Riebeeck arrived in Cape Town.  (Had a school child’s help with this one.  Early SA history is not our strong suit.)

1859
Publication year of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

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.... Carl’s lesser-known twin brother who, separated at birth, grew up in the UK. ;)
I must pay more attention to emoticons .... just spent 20 minutes trying to find some bumf on this guy! ::)
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Isaac Newton’s birth year (according to the Julian calendar; the Gregorian one was not yet in effect in England at that time).

And also the year Galileo died. Perhaps his soul simply moved from one body to the next. :-)
Galileo, in his turn, was born the same year Michelangelo died: 1564.



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Not a particularly well known number, but somewhat comforting if you enjoy chess, and worry about accidentally repeating a game in your lifetime.

10120

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