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**Challenges completed**

*#number25: make it to 26* As of roughly 3.04am this morning I hit the grand old age of 26- here is a poem to celebrate http://allpoetry.com/On-Being-Twenty-six And here are some interesting facts about the number 26 (because every day is a school day): In mathematics:

- 26 is the only integer that is one greater than a square () and one less than a cube ().
- A rhombicuboctahedron has twenty-six faces.
- There are 26 sporadic groups.
- Twenty-six is a repdigit in base three (222) and in base twelve (22).
- In base ten, 26 is the smallest number that is not a palindrome to have a square (26^2=676) which
*is*a palindrome.

In science:

- 26 is the atomic number of iron
- There are 26 spacetime dimensions in bosonic string theory.

In Astronomy:

- Messier object M26 is a magnitude 9.5 open cluster in the constellation Scutum
- The New General Catalogue object NGC 26 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus

In religion:

- 26 is the gematric number, being the sum of the Hebrew characters (Hebrew: יהוה) being the name of the god of Israel – YHWH
*( Yahweh )* - The Greek Strongs number G26 is “
*Agape*” which means “*Love*“ - The expression, “
*For His mercy endures forever*” is found verbatim in English and the original Hebrew 26 times, in Psalm 136. The expression is found once in each of the 26 verses. - According to Jewish chronology, God gave the Torah in the 26th generation since Creation

In sports:

- The number 26 jersey has been retired by the major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, in honor of past playing great Billy Williams
- It is the number of miles in a marathon rounded down (26 miles and 385 yards).
- 26 is the “joke throw” in darts, where a player throws 20, 5 and 1 when aiming for 20 (or treble 20). In professional darts, throwing 26 usually results in sneers or laughter from the audience. In the level of darts I play it is met with applause (3 darts are in the board including one in the 20).

In other fields:

- In Microsoft Windows
`Alt`+`2``6`yields the “right arrow” symbol → - There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
- 26 is the title of a 2003 novel by Leo McKay, Jr..
- It is the name of an Australian Alternative Rock band, 26
- There are 26 of cases in
*Deal or No Deal*. - 26 is the age at which males can no longer be drafted in the United States
- In a normal deck of cards, there are 26 red cards (and 26 black cards).
- The number of Cantons of Switzerland.
- The number of bones in the normal human Foot and Ankle.
- Including this one, I have given you 26 interesting facts about the number 26

*#number23: You must go to Bounce for an evening* I’m currently in Bounce – and here’s a picture to prove it!

**That’s All Folks!** ..SPRAGUEY.. p.s. I’ll be continuing this blog, in one form or another, at some point in the future. …I may develop something interesting from my (made-up) life-changing experience in West Africa that I began in the last post… …I may talk about the time I got lost on my (not made-up) hike across Mordor… ..I may even introduce you to some of my favourite science/maths concepts, Brian Cox style… Watch this space!