Tuesday, June 28, 2005

From My Old Website

more than 43 facts
the underlined words are links (or book titles)
some of these may be repeats to prior postings.

43 is a prime number.
idaho was the 43rd state in the union. their state fish is the cutthroat, and their state song is entitled "here we have idaho". the record lowest temperature in idaho was -60 degrees, recorded on january 18, 1943.
it takes 43 muscles to frown, and 17 to smile.
it took 43 seconds for the bomb to drop from enola gay onto hiroshima.
the u.s. tested a total of 66 atomic bombs in the pacific near hawaii. 43 of which were tested in enewetak. it is rumored that these tests used humans as guinea pigs for nuclear fallout.
los alamos was a 43 square foot compound.
it takes 43 minutes for sunlight to get to jupiter.
the closet start to the sun is the centuri system which is 4.3 billion light years away.
43 light street publishing company deals mainly in romance series.
licor 43 tastes like oranges or vanilla (i can't decide).
die-cast cars commonly come in a 1/43 scale.
43 cars run in the Daytona 500.

time magazine says its true...
average americans eat 43 pounds of sugar a year.
43% of students binge drink.
43% homes with children in which guns are not locked up or fitted with trigger locks.
marriages have a 43% chance of ending in divorce.

people born in '43
bobby fischer
jim morrison
john denver
mercer mayer
steve miller
colin martindale

some people born on april 3 (4-3)
washington irving (1783)
doris day (1924)
marlon brando (1924)
jane goodall (1934)
alec baldwin (1958)
eddie murphy (1961)
sebastian philip clerk bach (1968)
died: jesse james (1882)

things that happened in 1943
"colossus" was created by turing.
sartre wrote "on being and nothingness."
albert hofman realized the hallucinogenic capacity of lysergic acid dithalimide (lsd).
oklahoma! opened.
the only disabled u.s. president (fdr) was in office.
mussolini resigned on july 25, 1943.
the beginning of the manhattan project.
the current flag of lebanon was adopted.

books
there are 43 parables in the bible. also interesting to note that 4 + 3 = 7 which is the number of the apocalypse (7 candlesticks, seals, trumpets, bowls, etc.), and the first projected date of the apocalypse was 1643.
in songs to the portuguese, by elizabeth barrett browning, the poem that starts "how do i love thee, let me count the ways" is numbered 43 (xliii).
william gibson's neuromancer: "the door of forty-three was like all the others."
milan kundera's slowness says something, but i forgot the exact quote.

songs/music
"the penis song" by monty python is 43 seconds long. see also the camelot sign during the sir robin song.
"straightedge" by minor threat is 43 seconds long.
the blatz/filth "shit split" is labeled lookout records #43 (lk43).
"three songs" that were later added to fugazi's album "repeater" was once dischord #43.
hank williams jr.'s song "a country boy can survive" contains the line: "for 43 dollars my friend lost his life."
i don't recommend dj43.

movies (rent these)
monty python and the holy grail: "in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat his wings 43 times every second, right?" breakfast at tiffany's: "...but he personally is broke. it turns out he owes $700,000. can you imagineanyone owing $700,000? $43, yes..."
whatever happened to baby jane? (license plate)
fellini's 8 1/2 (its guido's age. he says it over and over.)
freddy got fingered (his shirt)
the crow (the scene where eric falls out the window and onto a cop car)
american beauty (he won't live until what age?)
psycho (first scene, the time is TWO FORTY THREE)

also
the video by radiohead for "fake plastic trees" (the reference is a bit obscure, i admit)

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