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Quotes of the Day for 9 August 2003 – Numbers

As something of a student of history, I need to remember a certain number of numbers. Very few of them remain easily in mind, although I normally can remember 1066, 1492, and 1776. It happens that on this day in 1776, Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro was born at Turin, Italy. Amedeo got his law degree at the age of sixteen, and did well, but ten years later began to study science. He made a number of breakthroughs regarding the nature of atoms and molecules, he was the first to realize that oxygen and hydrogen generally occur as molecules of two atoms. When it was possible to actually number the atoms or molecules in one mole (the amount of a material, the mass of which in grams is equal to the molecular weight), that number was named Avagadro's Number. For some reason I have remembered that from ninth grade: 6.022 times ten to the 23rd power. I've never actually had a reason to know or use it, but I've remembered it.

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The quotes:

I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen.
     - Abd-El-Raham

There are worse things than getting a call for the wrong number at 4 AM. It could be the right number.
     - Doug Larson

Round numbers are always false.
     - Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

Let me assure you that to us here at First National, you're not just a number. You're two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash and another number.
     - James Estes

When we were growing up, I used to sit on the front porch and look at our street number [999 30th St. SW] upside down and wonder if I was a child of the Devil.
     - Mary Rockne

Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?
     - Woody Allen


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