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152301.  Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:11 am Reply with quote

I know Chris was keen to do a show on the number Eight, and I just stumbled across a reference to 8 (and eating) references in "A Dictionary of Invective" (Hugh Rawson).

According to Rawson the following jokes were particularly popular among high schoolers in the early 1950s in Westchester, New York:

Q: What is the square root of 69?
A: Eight something

Q: What do you call a happy Roman
A: Gladiator.

152496.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:39 am Reply with quote

Dig that crazy 50s humour.

Molly Cule
152695.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:41 am Reply with quote

eight is the atomic number of oxygen, the number of steps on the Noble Path of Buddhism, the number of notes in an octave, the number of bits in a byte, the number of furlongs in a mile, the number of pinches to a teaspoon. If you ‘volverse un ocho’ (tie yourself in a figure of 8) in Venezuela you are tying yourself in a knot/getting yourself into difficulty.

Molly Cule
152696.  Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:41 am Reply with quote

In 1998 in Houston the world’s first known surviving octuplets were born in two separate goes; the first was born on 8th Dec, the rest were born by Caesarean on December 20th.

Molly Cule
162658.  Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:05 am Reply with quote

The amount of cloud in the sky is measured in oktas on a scale from zero to eight. 8 oktas means the sky is totally clouded and totally clear sky measures 0 oktas. A reading of 6 oktas would mean that three-quarters of the sky is overcast.

Each okta represents one eighth of the sky covered by cloud. Clear sky /1 okta / 2 oktas / 3 oktas / 4 oktas / 5 oktas / 6 oktas / 7 oktas / Overcast

You can use mirror to measure cloud clover - even though obviously just looking at the sky is a bit of a better way to see how cloudy it is.... Divide a large mirror into a grid with 16 equal squares using a dark crayon. Lay the mirror on the ground somewhere you can see the whole sky.

Count the number of grid squares, or fractions of squares with cloud in them. Divide that number by two to convert sixteenths into oktas. That is how you use a cloud mirror to see how cloudy it is.

167300.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:03 am Reply with quote

Eight is the age when about 0.5% of applicants for Oxbridge medicine, dentistry and veterinary accidentally set fire to their pyjamas.

167327.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:08 am Reply with quote

Falling asleep with their pipes in their mouths.


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