Friday, August 03, 2007

Nine hundred ninety-nine

...and this, my friends, is post number nine hundred ninety-nine.

I had a bit of a scare because I realized that Blogger counted even the draft entries as an actual post. Looking back, I had around four or five entries in that mode. A round of quick editing (and a couple of deletions) later, I was back on track.

In any case, the number nine hundred ninety-nine also has a colorful background.

From the Wikpedia, Nine hundred ninety-nine is the natural number following nine hundred ninety-eight and preceding one thousand. 999 is a Harshad number and a Kaprekar number. A Harshad number, or Niven number, is an integer that is divisible by the sum of its digits in a given number base. A Kaprekar number for a given base is a non-negative integer, the representation of whose square in that base can be split into two parts that add up to the original number again.

Nine hundred ninety-nine is also:

The largest 3 digit whole number in base 10.

The telephone number for the emergency services in the United Kingdom, The Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and others.

The Triple Nine Society is a high IQ society for the top tenth of one percent of the population.

No. 999, the first steam locomotive in the United States to operate at faster than 100 mph.

Galaxy Express 999, a manga and anime created by Leiji Matsumoto. (I loved this anime as a kid!)

The area of Luxembourg, in square miles.

The last assigned number in the Dewey Decimal system for libraries, referencing the general history of extraterrestrial worlds (and that I can appreciate.)

See you guys later at Spro!