Some Unusual Numerical Factoid Fun For Friday

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


We’ve had ‘beautiful’ numbers and ‘big’ numbers on this blog. Today it’s time for some ‘unusual’ ones.


Did you know….



That ‘1’ is the only positive whole number that you can add to 1,000,000 and you get an answer that’s bigger than if you multiply it by 1,000,000,

i.e. 1 x 1,000,000 = 1,000,000  but  1 + 1,000,000 = 1,000,001

Go ahead try it with other whole numbers.



That there are 12,988,816 different ways to cover a chess board with 32 dominoes.



That sixty-nine squared = 692 = 4761 and sixty-nine cubed = 693 = 328509, and that these two answers use all the digits from 0 to 9 between them.



That you can chop a big lump of cheese into a maximum of 93 bits with 8 straight cuts



That in the English language ‘forty’ is the only number that has all of its letters in alphabetical order.



That 132 = 169 and if you write both numbers backwards you get 312 = 961.

This also works with 12 because 122 = 144 and 212 =441.



That 1/1089 = 0·00091827364554637281… (And the numbers in the 9 times table are 0, 9,18,27,36…..)



That the number ‘four’ is the only number in the English language that is spelt with the same number of letters as the number itself.



19 thoughts on “Some Unusual Numerical Factoid Fun For Friday

  1. Oh my goodness! I think my head will explode. 🙂 So you are good at both writing AND numbers? Wow – that’s pretty cool. 🙂 I’ve been out and just re-blogging stuff, so now it’s time to get serious again. I’m going to go back through my notes – you sent me a great idea for an airplane post about tracking planes or something – it was really interesting. If you have it handy, I’d love to have it again (sorry) – If not, I’ll look for it in my old comments. Thanks so much.

  2. Have I hit you with the proof that 1 doesn’t equal 1? See, 1/3 is written as point 3 repeating. 2/3 is point 6 repeating. Now, if you add 1/3 and 2/3, you get 1, but if you add point 3 repeating and point 6 repeating, you get point 9 repeating.
    See? If you can’t trust 1, you sure as HECK can’t trust the others! (Especially 7 …. 😉 )

    • An excellent conundrum, thanks.
      So just to clarify, what you are saying is if one needed one to win one and one gave one one, one might not have won one at all? Crikey!!
      I’ve got to be I don’t trust any numbers, especially those the politicians give us.

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