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Happy ‘Zeroless Pandigital’ day?!

Today we will all be fortunate enough to experience a ‘once in a lifetime event’. At one point today, around midday, clocks and calendars will give a combined consecutive numerical reading of 12:34:56 07/08/09 – Which is believed to only occur once every 100 years.

Thus, at 34 minutes and 56 seconds past 12:00 hours (12 pm), on Friday the 7th of August 2009, we will experience a centennial moment in time in which the first zeroless pandigital number can be used to precisely pinpoint the exact date and time.

In layman’s terms: all nine numerical digits, which hold a value greater than zero and which make up all arithmetic equations, will present themselves at a single point in time, in numerical order from smallest to largest, via the most well known sequence of numbers in existence: 123456789.

12:34:56  07/08/09

12:34:56 07/08/09 = 123456789

Personally I find this to be incredibly interesting. Particularly because I do have an inclination and mild obsession with numerical sequences and geometric symmetry. Consequently, I found a few interesting facts and figures concerning this first zeroless pandigital numbered sequence. For those who do not know, a pandigital number is in fact “an integer that in a given base, has among its significant digits, each digit used in the base at least once” (Wikipedia.com, 2009).

In most instances, the number ‘777’ is considered to be one of luck. It is also considered to be a symbol of absolute perfection. As it so happens, this number has an evenly symmetrical number of solutions, in both descending and ascending order, using the numbers 123456789 and by only ‘adding’ and ‘subtracting’. The solutions are (Martin Gardner, 02 June 2009):

Ascending                                                          Descending

– 12 – 3 + 4 + 5 – 6 + 789 = 777              – 9 – 8 + 765 – 4 + 32 + 1 = 777

– 12 + 3 – 4 – 5 + 6 + 789 = 777               98 + 7 + 654 – 3 + 21 = 777

Have you ever wondered what it would look like to display all the numbers from 1 through to 9 on an abacus? Well, here is your answer:

How the Chinese represent 123456789 with an Abacus!

How about displaying this ascending zeroless pandigital sequence in Roman numerals? Here we go:

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,IIV,IIIV,IIIV,X,XI,XII

Here are a few interesting facts relating to numbers 1 through 9 courtesy of Richard Phillips’ book ‘Numbers’:

  1. The letters A, B, C, D, E, M, T, U, V, W and Y all have one line of symmetry.

  2. The number 2 is a prime number and is the only even prime number.

  3. There are three barleycorns in an inch, three feet in a yard, and three miles in a league.

  4. The word four has four letters. In the English language there is no other number whose number of letters is equal to its value.

  5. TetronimoThere are only five possible tetrominoes. A tetromino is a shape made by joining together four squares. The game Tetris is based on the assembly of tetrominoes.

  6. There are six feet in a fathom. A fathom is a unit of length used mainly by sailors. It equals 1.8288 metres.

  7. The Seven Deadly Sins are avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth and wrath (listed in alphabetical order).

  8. In the game of pool the Eight Ball is a black ball with the number 8. The expression `behind the eight ball’ means to be in a difficult or baffling situation.

  9. There are nine major planets in the solar system, Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, and a cat is said to have nine lives.

I wish you all a very numerically filled and happy zeroless pandigital day!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

 

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Officially 24: Where has the time gone?

Officially 24: Where has the time gone?

It is once again that time of year. A time of the year which proudly salutes how many years one has existed as well as serving as a macabre reminder of the time one has left. Above all, however, one’s birthday offers an unbarred opportunity to let loose and party until the sun comes up!

Today I will be spending the day with my beautiful parents and most likely end up shopping up a storm. This evening my folks and myself will eat out and most likely watch a newly released blockbuster. Tomorrow night, however, is when the real party begins! I will spill all the juicy details on Sunday but, if you are curious for a hint as to what we will be doing, click here.

In honour of my 24th birthday, I will post 20 useless interesting facts of life as well as four juicy morsels of information about myself, for a total of 24 pieces of information.

‘20’ Facts of life:

  1. According to a recent survey, more Americans lose their virginity in June than any other month.
  2. An eyelash lives for about 5 months.
  3. An Octopus has 3 hearts.
  4. A whale’s penis is called a dork.
  5. An ear of corn always has an even number of rows because of the genetic formula which divides the cells.
  6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
  7. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
  8. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
  9. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.
  10. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
  11. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  12. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  13. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
  14. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
  15. The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
  16. A blind chameleon still changes colours to match the environment.
  17. "Typhlobasia" is the practice of closing one’s eyes when kissing.
  18. The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  19. A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles (200 kilometres)per hour.
  20. Every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

‘4’ Facts of Hans Haupt:

  1. I have three beauty spots on my face.
  2. I have a five centimetre long scar at the back of my head, obtained when I slipped while getting out of the bath as a child.
  3. I cannot bend my left thumb without bending all of my other fingers on the same hand.
  4. I am still a Virgin and not ashamed or embarrassed to admit it.

I hope you enjoyed my birthday post and that you will stop by again soon for a full recap of ‘Hans’ Brady Bunch Birthday Bash’!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

 

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Huh?! Looking for older posts?

Dearest Milleunairs,

If you are looking for any Hans’ Milieu  posts pre-dating the 1st January 2009, please click here.

I have attempted to move as many posts from Hans’ Milieu’s original location to the new site. However it is an incredibly time consuming process as each post needs to be moved over individually.

I do apologies for the inconvenience, but you will learn to get over it!

To the future “Milieunairs”!