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Re: Constants you cannot help but remember

by tbone1 (Monsignor)
on Jun 09, 2004 at 16:07 UTC ( #362787=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Constants you cannot help but remember

I'm afraid to start down this road. I majored in astrophysics, so I remember things from:

  • astronomy (3.26 light years in a parsec, 5400K surface temperature of the sun, 11 - years in sunspot cycle, only 15% of stars are in single-star systems, Chandrasekhar's limit of 1.44 solar masses for a white dwarf, etc),
  • physics (Planck's constant, speed of light, gravitational constant, etc),
  • chemistry (1.0038 ratio of rest masses for Neutron and Proton, Avagadro's number, etc),
  • mathematics (pi is 3.14159265..., e is 2.718281828...),
and so on.

Then there's the sports geek stuff, some of it pretty obscure:

2 - most number of consecutive no-hitters by one pitcher (Johnny van der Meer)
176 - most points scored by an ABA team in a regular season game (Indiana Pacers, at Pittburgh Condors)
44 - Pete Rose's consecutive hit streak to set the National League record
755 - Hank Aaron's home run record
2 - number of people to win the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 (Mario Andretti (one each) and A.J. Foyt (4/2))

Gah! I can't stop! Shoot me now!

tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
- Chick McGee

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