Posted Mar 06, 2007 in Personal.
36 is actually quite an interesting number. It is XXXVI in Roman numerals, and 100100 in binary. Besides being the number of years I have been alive, it is also the number of degrees in the angle of the five tips of a perfect star. Given two dice, there are 36 possible combinations you can roll. When dealing with a single case, there are 36 alphanumeric digits and letters (0-9, A-Z). There are 36 inches in a yard. In the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII), the number 36 corresponds to the dollar ($) sign. But that's not all.
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I'm quite the fan of science fiction. It turns out that in Stargate: Atlantis, all the gates of the Pegasus galaxy have 36 symbols. In the hugely-popular Heroes, the number of people with superhuman abilities on Chandra Suresh's list is 36. The atomic number of krypton, which is also the name of Superman's home planet, is 36.
For folks with long memories, there were 36 episodes of Noggin the Nog, although the BBC series ended six years before I was born. Incidentally, Auntie Beeb's television service will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2036. The 36th President of the United States was Lyndon B. Johnson. When he died in 1973, the nation mourned for the traditional 36 days. Staying in America for a moment, I find that Nevada was the 36th state of the Union and the number of passengers who died when the Hindenburg (built in 1936) caught fire was 36. On this very day (March 6) of 1836, the Mexicans defeated the Texians in the Battle of the Alamo. The Philadelphia Phillies honored the Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts by retiring his number 36. By a peculiar coincidence, the son of Cleopatra, Ptolemy Philadelphus, was born in 36 BC.
I have just a few more for you. There are 36 bristles on a fruit fly (very popular for genetic studies). The highest number on a roulette table is 36. In the United Kingdom, there are 36 gallons in a standard beer barrel. In US notation, the sixth of March is written as 3/6. Finally, in the New General Catalogue of deep sky objects, NGC 36 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Pisces, which also happens to be my star sign.