Wednesday, July 26, 2006

5 months down

July 27th will mark our 5 month LID anniversary! Wow....

Number 5 In science
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--The number of appendages on most starfish, which exhibit pentamerism.
--Almost all , reptiles, birds and mammals which have fingers or toes have five of them on each extremity.
--The most destructive known tornadoes rate an F-5 on the Fujita scale.
--The atomic number of boron.
--The lightest atomic mass (the sum of protons and neutrons) for which no stable isotopes exist for any element.

Number 5 in religion and culture
--There are five basic "pillars" of Islam.
--Muslims pray to Allah five times a day (Muhammad was said to have bargained it down with Allah from 50).
--The Torah contains five books—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—which are collectively called the Five Books of Moses, the Pentateuch (Greek for "five containers," referring to the scroll cases in which the books were kept), or Chumash (חומש, Hebrew for "fifth")
--King David, author of Psalms, arranged the 150 Psalms into five books, paralleling the Five Books of Moses
--The Khamsa, an ancient symbol shaped like a hand with five fingers, is used as a protective amulet by Jews and Muslims
According to some traditions of Maya mythology, we are now living in the Fifth World.
--In East Asian tradition, there are five elements: (water, fire, earth, wood and metal).

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--A Perfect fifth is the most consonant harmony, and is the basis for most western tuning systems.
--Modern musical notation uses a musical staff made of five horizontal lines.

Number 5 in sports
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--The number of players of a basketball team on the court at a given time.
--In chess, the fewest number of moves a pawn makes to a queening square.
--The Olympic Games have five interlocked rings as their symbol, representing the number of inhabited continents represented by the Olympians (counting North America and South America as one continent).
--The number of kyu (pupil) grades in judo

Misc. Number 5 Stats:
--The number of oceans in the world.
--The five senses are sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste.
--The five basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
--Most roses have five petals.
--Pentameter is verse with five repeating feet per line; iambic pentameter was the most popular form in Shakespeare.
--In the United States legal system, the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution can be referred to in court as "pleading the fifth", absolving the defendant from self-incrimination
--The smallest Euro banknote. It shows an antique bridge.
--The denomination of the U.S. dollar with Abraham Lincoln's portrait.
--The number of cents in a nickel. The U.S. nickel bears a portrait of Thomas Jefferson. The Canadian nickel has a beaver on its reverse.
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--The number of permanent members with veto power on the UN Security Council.
--The number necessary to make a majority decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.
--Five babies born at one time are quintuplets. The most famous set of quintuplets were the Dionne Quintuplets born in the 1930s.
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--In Astrology, Leo is the 5th astrological sign of the Zodiac.
--The number of points in a pentagram.
--The word "punch" comes from the Hindustani for five. Being true to the designation of punch, the drink Five Alive is named for its five ingredients.
--The holy number of Discordianism, as dictated by the Law of Fives.
--There are 5 digits in a United States zip code
--In tarot, card No. 5 is "the Hierophant".


Mom-of-5 said...

Yippeee-5 down!

Kim M. said...

Nice Post and THANK GOD 5 is outta the way. Bring on 6!!!!!!!