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Old 01-09-2019, 10:20 PM
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Default It's the Finite Countdown: Presenting Talking Time's Top 50 Numbers!


Talking Time's Top 50 Numbers



Hi everyone! Thanks for your flexibility and patience as I got everything ready! This is a list of numbers, with some interesting facts, and maybe a few statistics along the way, 'cause I'm that kind of guy.

We'll start off this evening with a few honorable mentions that didn't make the list, but only by a hair.

A List of Numbers

50. 111 (tie)
50. 1024 (tie)
49. 25
48. -273.5
47. 60
45. 9999 (tie)
45. 777 (tie)
43. Graham's Number (tie)
43. 151 (tie)
42. 88
41. 0.25

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Old 01-09-2019, 10:24 PM
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420


Points: 65
Mentions: 2

First Round Rank: 47
First Round Points: 65
Movement between rounds: -7



Person Most Likely to be Giggling in a Hazy Room While Reading This:
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Binary Representation: 110100100
Roman Numeral Representation: CDXX
ASCII Symbol: Ƥ
Divisors: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10,12,14,15,20,21,28,30,35,42,60,70, 84,105,140,210
Other Notables: Least common multiple of all of the first 7 positive integers

420 is an amazing number because itís relatively small for a number with 23 different divisors. It can also be divided by all of the first 7 integers and 10, meaning that you can split a lot of 420 items a bunch of different ways for small parties. Itís really useful that way!

I feel like thereís something else tooÖ.


Oh right.

420 also happens to be a number steeped deep in the lore of pot culture, just like the tea my mother made every morning. Youíve probably heard a number of stories about it, including that itís a police radio code for marijuana use, that itís the number of compounds in good olí Mary Jane, or many other rumors. In actuality it was slang a group of high school kids made up in the 70s when they were searching for a mythic pot field in California. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:25 PM
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20


Points: 70
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Person Who Definitely Enjoyed The Second Voyage of the Mimi Way Too Much in Middle School:
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Binary Representation: 10100
Roman Numeral Representation: XX
ASCII Symbol: ďDevice Control 4Ē
Divisors: 1,2,4,5,10
Other Notables: can be expressed as 2^2 + 4^2

20 is a great number. $20 is cultural sweet spot where you have just enough money that you can have a little fun, but still feel like maybe you shouldnít be spending that much on a movie ticket and some sour patch kids when you have Netflix at home. 20 is officially the end of teenage years. Itís the number of sides on your core D&D die. Itís the maximum number of face-turns you need to solve a Rubikís cube. But most importantly, 20 is the base of the Mayan system of numbers, which pretty much blows your mind when youíre a 6th grader who doesnít have a lot of friends and likes to make up math problems in their spare time but hasnít really been exposed to bases yet.

Shut up, youíre jealous.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:29 PM
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86


Points: 73
Mentions: 4

First Round Rank: 54
First Round Points: 59
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Person Who Has Been Forcibly Ejected From the Most Restaurants:
Thraeg (ranked at #4)



Binary Representation: 1010110
Roman Numeral Representation: LXXXVI
ASCII Symbol: V
Divisors: 1,2,43

To ďeighty-sixĒ something is to can it, get rid of it, or otherwise eliminate it. In restaurants, bars this is also slang for throwing out an unruly customer. In organized crime, it can be slang for an order to kill. The first recorded use of the number as slang dates back to 1944 in a biography of John Barrymore (apparently he was known for his heavy drinking and was not to be served at some bars).

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Old 01-09-2019, 10:51 PM
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This list is shaping up to be pretty good.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:49 AM
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Two rounds of voting is entirely justified as it got the weed number off the list. False Logic I am very disappointed in you for doing a drug.

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In organized crime, it [86] can be slang for an order to kill.
Impossible. Organized crime doesn't recognize any number above 24.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:49 AM
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86

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Hey, I had it at #4. Mostly from watching this guy as a kid:

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Old 01-10-2019, 12:12 PM
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Hey, I had it at #4.
You are correct! Sorry; bad data read on my end, I will update the post!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:39 AM
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420 is an amazing number because itís relatively small for a number with 23 different divisors. It can also be divided by all of the first 7 integers and 10, meaning that you can split a lot of 420 items a bunch of different ways for small parties. Itís really useful that way!

I feel like thereís something else tooÖ.
Off to a blazing start.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:57 AM
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Well the honorable mentions already spiced up the results. I'm intrigued to see where this goes from here!
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Big fan of the thread title. Looking forward to reading this one.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:17 AM
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"Nothing as pure as math" my ass.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:29 PM
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I'm sorry in advance for my list being dominated by powers of two.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:35 PM
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Huh, I really should've voted for 1024. It'd be very on-brand. But my list was pretty dang stream-of-consciousness and somehow it didn't come up.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:28 AM
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Yay I'm already seeing number dividends. And 111 right before my birthday today? A delightful coincidence.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:34 AM
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Yay I'm already seeing number dividends. And 111 right before my birthday today? A delightful coincidence.
The gate of opportunity is open for your birthday!
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:18 AM
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Voted 86 also for the Maxwell Smart
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:40 PM
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Correction: we have never measured a thing with 'zero absolute' temperature. Is it because of the uncertainty principle? I think there is more to it than that, but i'm impossibly drunk right now to think about it and to do research.

This thread is a blast to read! Drunk or sober!
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:03 PM
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what does the # 60 have to do with tea? What am I missing?
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:06 PM
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what does the # 60 have to do with tea? What am I missing?
What's in the picture?
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what does the # 60 have to do with tea? What am I missing?
Well, I mean, there are six teas in that picture. Is that it? That might be it.

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ugh. No one told me dad level puns were going to be in this list!
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ugh. No one told me dad level puns were going to be in this list!
I think you can count on sum more of them appearing.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:02 PM
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For the weekends, I'm going to highlight a few numbers that didn't make the list by a long shot, but were still really interesting to hear about or see on other people's lists. Despite being mentioned by only one or two people in our group, they still had interesting stories behind them. Enjoy these numbers that you may not have even considered!
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:03 PM
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171.




The irrational number that's the limit of the sequence .1, .101, .101001, .1010010001, ...


Points: 22
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First Round Rank: 166
First Round Points: 22
Movement between rounds: -5



Person Chipping Away Just a Little Bit More of That:
DFalcon Ranked at #14


I loved this entry because it was so specific, and yet manages to prove how much about numbers is hard to express, with, well, numbers. DFalconís explanation is a totally understandable idea thatís really hard to express in numeric notation. We can all see that the number heís talking about exists, and we can grasp it, we could even graph it as a limit, but we canít write it out very easily. Hats off for a unique entry, DFalcon!

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I loved this entry because it was so specific, and yet manages to prove how much about numbers is hard to express, with, well, numbers. DFalconís explanation is a totally understandable idea thatís really hard to express in numeric notation. We can all see that the number heís talking about exists, and we can grasp it, we could even graph it as a limit, but we canít write it out very easily. Hats off for a unique entry, DFalcon!
Why is there a limit? Can't you keep shoving zeroes in there?
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Why is there a limit? Can't you keep shoving zeroes in there?
It's not a "limit" in the conventional dictionary sense of the word, but rather a mathematical limit, which is to say a value that the sequence converges towards.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:32 AM
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oh ah

the more zeroes you add the closer to zero you
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That's a fantastic number. Also, the picture for 60 is brilliant. And I'm probably only *partly* saying this because I, like clarice yesterday, am pretty drunk rn.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:33 AM
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Is there a way to make posts for numbers like that more layperson friendly in the future?
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