Monthly Archives: July 2011

81 (degrees)

To see 81 degrees from different powers of 10: 1) Temperature  (10+2) 81 degrees Fahrenheit = 27.2 degrees Celsius 2) Global location (10+7) 81 degrees longitude (vertical line) = 81 degrees west of the Prime Meridian (Greenwich, England) 3) Weather (10+4) The dewpoint is always the same as the temperature or lower. During a heat [...]

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82 (million plastic bottles recycled by Nike)

Nike is a company thinking green.  Lorrie Vogel the head of Nike Considered explained to Matthew Wheeland of GreenBiz.com: “For us, it’s about creating closed-loop products, taking materials from an old shoe and an old shirt, grinding it up and turning them into a new shoe, a new shirt.” Many techniques have been put into [...]

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83 (countries at the Summer Olympics in Rome in 1960)

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (at 1,281 meters or 10+3) in 1906 caused the Italian government to decline the offer of Rome hosting the Olympics in 1908.  Fifty four years (10+1) later Rome was given another chance and the eternal city hosted the Summer Olympics in 1960!  83 countries participated with 5,350 participants (4,738 men and [...]

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(19)84

1984 by George Orwell Many of the key elements and themes in George Orwell’s classic book can be viewed as expanding and contracting powers of 10: ~ Futuristic society (10+2) ~ Big Brother/Totalitarian state (10+5) ~ Thought police (10+4) ~ Thoughtcrime by the individual (100)

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(14)85

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was interested in developing ways for humans to be able travel through the air like a bird. He started to make drawings for an ornithopter about 1485.   The ornithopter is designed as a human powered machine whose wings flap like a bird or bat.  In NASA’s History of Flight, da Vinci’s [...]

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(18)86

In 1886, which is one hundred and twenty-five years ago (10+2),  Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90) goes to Paris to stay with his brother Theo who introduces him to the work of Claude Monet and other Impressionists.  He studies how to bring more light and color into his own paintings of the city landscape around him, [...]

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87 (percent of Australia’s current electricity demand)

All three major fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) were made over 300 million years ago (10+8) and contain  elements like Carbon and Hydrogen (10-10).  The world’s demand for energy may max out all the coal deposits though there are deposits around the world.  The gathering and burning of coal has also been demonstrated [...]

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(8/8/)88

On 8/8/88, it was the first night baseball game for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  (10+2)  Princess Beatrice was born to the Duke and Duchess of York in England and her sister Eugenie was born two years later to the day. (10+1) The opening of the Olympics in Beijing began at 8:08:08pm on 8/8/8.  (10+7) [...]

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89 (petals)

Have you tried A Google a Day? Every day there is a question and you will usually need a search engine for the Internet to figure out the answer.  A Google a Day is in some ways like Trivial Pursuit but more importantly it offers a chance to learn more about the world at many [...]

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90 (foot square)

“The ball field itself is a mystic creation, the Stonehenge of America.” – Roger Kahn in A Season in the Sun (1997) from the Baseball Almanac Tonight is the All Star Baseball Game between the American League and the National League. 90 feet or 27.432 meters or (10+1)  is important in baseball.  Basically a baseball [...]

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