Month: July 2014

Our Crazy World

The distant echo of following feet,

Teased and tormented my ears.

I didn’t know that tonight was the night

To have listened to my mother’s fears.

 

He stopped my cries with a rough angry hand

My heart with a plunge of the knife.

I’m not the first girl he’s sent to the grave

For looking just like his ex wife.

 

Wounds in my flesh matched the wounds in the hearts

of the loved ones that I left behind.

Sometimes the darkness of our crazy world

Can ruin far more than the mind.

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100 Blog Followers!

MORE than 100 followers, actually. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

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Picture borrowed from Shut Up & Read

Eeek! I’m so excited! When I started my blog earlier in the year, I thought it would take me forever to reach 100 followers.

I am delighted that you all enjoy my writing enough to want to keep coming back to read more. I know my stories are often a little gruesome, but evidently that’s how we like them.

(I apologise for the minor case of neglect to my blog in the last two weeks. Camp NaNoWriMo has taken over my life and I have been spending all my time on it. I promise I will be a good little blogger from now on and not neglect you.)

Now, to celebrate having over 100 followers, I have poached some facts about the number 100 from Wikipedia.

100 (one hundred) (Roman numeral Ⅽ, reinforced by Latin centum) is the natural number following 99 and preceding 101.

 

In mathematics

100 is the square of 10 (in scientific notation it is written as 102). The standard SI prefix for a hundred is “hecto-“.

100 is the basis of percentages (per cent meaning “per hundred” in Latin), with 100% being a full amount.

100 is the sum of the first nine prime numbers, as well as the sum of some pairs of prime numbers e.g., 3 + 97, 11 + 89, 17 + 83, 29 + 71, 41 + 59, and 47 + 53.

100 is the sum of the cubes of the first four integers (100 = 13 + 23 + 33 + 43). This is related by Nicomachus’s theorem to the fact that 100 also equals the square of the sum of the first four integers: 100 = 102 = (1 + 2 + 3 + 4)2.

26 + 62 = 100, thus 100 is a Leyland number.

100 is an 18-gonal number. It is divisible by the number of primes below it, 25 in this case. It can not be expressed as the difference between any integer and the total of coprimes below it, making it a noncototient. It can be expressed as a sum of some of its divisors, making it a semiperfect number.

100 is a Harshad number in base 10, and also in base 4, and in that base it is a self-descriptive number.

There are exactly 100 prime numbers whose digits are in strictly ascending order (e.g. 239, 2357 etc.).

100 is the smallest number whose common logarithm is a prime number (i.e. 10n for which n is prime).

In science

The atomic number of fermium is 100.

On the Celsius scale, 100 degrees is the boiling temperature of pure water at sea level.

The Kármán line lies at an altitude of 100 kilometres above the Earth’s sea level and is commonly used to define the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

In religion

There are 100 blasts of the Shofar heard in the service of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

A religious Jew is expected to utter at least 100 blessings daily.

In politics

The United States Senate has 100 Senators.

In money

Most of the world’s currencies are divided into 100 subunits; for example, one euro is one hundred cents and one pound sterling is one hundred pence.

The U.S. hundred-dollar bill has Benjamin Franklin’s portrait; the “Benjamin” is the largest U.S. bill in print. American savings bonds of $100 have Thomas Jefferson’s portrait, while American $100 treasury bonds have Andrew Jackson’s portrait.

In other fields

One hundred is also:

The number of years in a century.

The number of pounds in an American short hundredweight.

In Greece, India, Israel and Nepal, 100 is the police telephone number.

In Belgium, 100 is the ambulance and firefighter telephone number.

In United Kingdom, 100 is the operator telephone number.

The HTTP status code indicating that the client should continue with its request.

In entertainment

The 100 (TV series), science-fiction television series broadcast on the CW Network, beginning in 2014.

In sports

The number of yards in an American football field (not including the end zones).

The number of runs required for a cricket batsman to score a century, a significant milestone.

The number of points required for a snooker cueist to score a century break, a significant milestone.

The record number of points scored in one NBA game by a single player, set by Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962.