Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fifty

Fifty is the smallest number that is the sum of two non-zero square numbers in two distinct ways: 50 = 12 + 72 = 52 + 52.  (This makes no sense to me, so I'll take Wikipedia's word for it.)


Fifty is the fifth magic number in nuclear physics.  (Huh?) 

There are fifty states in the United States of America. (This I knew.)

The TV show Hawaii 5-0 is so called because Hawaii is the 50th state.  (I just watch the show to see Alex O'Loughlin's abs.)

The percentage (50%) equivalent to one half, so that the phrase "fifty-fifty" commonly expresses something divided equally in two; in business this is often denoted as being the ultimate in equal partnership.  (Give me a "sale" sign that reads 50%,  and I'm there.  Now that's good business.)

In years of marriage, the gold or "golden" wedding anniversary is fifty.  (Honestly, I can't imagine spending fifty years with the same person.)

"I’m aiming by the time I’m fifty to stop being an adolescent."  (Now, what would be the fun it that?)

A fifty dollar bill is sometimes called a Grant based on the use of Ulysses S. Grant's portrait on the bill.  (I'll take a handful of these, please.)

When I search for fifty, the prime results is "Fifty Shades of Grey."  (Is this a new hair color?)  :)  (Haven't read it.  Don't plan to.)

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."  (I do wish I could have my twenty year old body back.)

Fifty - being ten more than forty.  (On the other hand, fifty is also 10 years less than 60.)

Aged 50.  (Sigh.  I worked hard to get here.  Not smart, but hard.  I'm going to enjoy it.)

After all, "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."







3 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! 50 hasn't been nearly as hard for me as 25 was. Doesn't make much sense, but hey, enjoy it all! (Although I'm with you on wishing for my 20-year-old body...)

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  2. Happy Birthday! I hope it's a great one, and I'm glad you're going to enjoy 50. :)

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  3. Happy Birthday, don't stop being an adolescent.....ever!

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