Misc

• POSSESSIONLESSNESSES has nine Ss.
• Trains are older than bicycles.
• 87 percent of the human population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
• This sentence no verb.
• “God pity a one-dream man.” — Robert H. Goddard

Roald Dahl wrote the film adaptations for two of Ian Fleming’s novels, You Only Live Twice and Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.

(Thanks, Ben and Fred.)

The Coinage Shield

The “tails” sides of British coins less than £1 can be arranged to depict the Royal Shield from the monarch’s coat of arms.

The full Royal Shield appears on the £1 coin.

Misc

• Peter Davison, who played the fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, is the father-in-law of David Tennant, who played the 10th.
• Sharks are older than trees.
• ABHORS, ALMOST, BEGINS, BIOPSY, and CHINTZ are alphabetical.
• $\displaystyle \sqrt{7! + 1} = 71$
• “The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.” — Ovid

“Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me!” — Pete Conrad, after becoming the third human to set foot on the moon

For What It’s Worth

The number of milliseconds in a day is

$\displaystyle 5^{5} \times 4^{4} \times 3^{3} \times 2^{2} \times 1^{1}.$

And there are 10! seconds in six weeks.

Long Distance

Dakar is closer to Toronto than to Mogadishu.

(Thanks, Johnny.)

Misc

• The state sport of Maryland is jousting.
• North and South Dakota were established together, in 1889.
• NEAT TAILOR makes ALTERATION.
• Percentages are reversible: 25% of 16 is 16% of 25.
• “Success in research needs four Gs: Glück, Geduld, Geschick, und Geld [luck, patience, skill, and money].” — Paul Ehrlich

Right at Home

• Triceratops Terrace
• Antrodemus Alley
• Plateosaurus Place
• Stegosaurus Freeway
• Brachtosaurus Bypass
• Ceratosaurus Circle
• Camptosaurus Crescent
• Diplodocus Drive
• Tyrannosaurus Street
• Allosaurus Lane
• Brachiosaurus Street
• Brontosaurus Boulevard

Originally named Baxter Springs, it was renamed in 1966 to capitalize on its proximity to Dinosaur National Monument.

That Time Again

King William’s College has released its annual General Knowledge Paper, “The World’s Most Difficult Quiz,” a school tradition since 1904. There are 18 sets of 10 questions, each set treating a particular theme; divining the themes is difficult and useful.

This year’s quiz bears the customary warning at the top: Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est, “The greatest part of knowledge is knowing where to find something.” If past quizzes are any model, then search engines may lead you astray.

The answers will be on the school website at the end of January. Meanwhile MetaFilter is coordinating a spreadsheet of proposed answers (warning: spoilers).

Misc

• The brighter stars of open cluster NGC 2169 form a giant 37.
• Three ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Unique.
• Noam Chomsky was bar mitzvahed on Pearl Harbor Day.
• 67234 = 6 + 72+3 × 4
• “You never know when you’re making a memory.” — Rickie Lee Jones

(Thanks, Charlie and Sean.)