September 9, 2009

09/09/09

Happy birthday to my firstborn, TG, Miss America's mom, who turned 31 today!

Did you know this is an incredibly unique and crazy day? I mean, besides popping out almost seven pounds of baby girl 31 years ago, as of 7:20 this morning. (OMG, squeezing a watermelon out a hole the size of a kiwi . . . still makes me feel like passing out. I remember saying to the doc, "Uh-uh, I'm going home now"). So, back to unique and crazy. Apparently any grade-schooler can tell you that the number 9 has extraordinarily magical and brain-numbing properties, like this:

The sum of the two digits resulting from 9, multiplied by any other single digit number will equal nine.

What? Oh, yes. It's true. If you're having trouble making friends, you might want to try this because you will be like a god and people will reward you with statues. Like Pythagorus (don't try to say that too fast if you have a speech impediment -- I about bit my tongue off). No really, people will flock to you. Or is that birds? Anyway, let's find a random example. Oh, here's one. Today's date: 09/09/09. Translated to the math continuum or the consortium or the conundrum (is one of those close?), that's 9 + 9 + 9 which equals 27, right? Now add the answer, one digit at a time. Here, I'll help you: 2 + 7 = 9.

I know! Right? Wait now. Hold that excitement for the big guns. 'kay? Let's look at something else totally sort of random like 9 x 62. That equals 558 (Someone told me the answer; she was 5.) I don't have a chalkboard, so you're on the honor system. You're doing this with me, right? Break it down to the lowest number possible, a little dancey kind of jig that goes like this: 558, or 5 + 5 + 8 = 18. No, that's not 9. You people are so impatient. If you keep going down, adding the single digits together, you get this: 18, or 1 + 8 = 9.

OMFG! It's freakin' 9 again. How'd they do that? Not quite as exhilarating as 99 bottles of beer on the wall (unless you've tried that in a single night -- no, I don't have pictures), but certainly just as thought provoking, wouldn't you say? I have a brand new and fascinating appreciation of numbers now. Well, the 9 anyway. I can take or leave the rest.

And now I'll leave you with one last, incredible tidbit -- yes, that was an oxymoron for all you oxymoronics (that's oxy drug of choice + moron = your name here). Ready? September 9 happens to be the 252nd day of the year. So guess what? 2 + 5 + 2 = __. Don't make me tell you!

I wonder what happens when you turn 999 upside down? Of course, I could be getting into geometry with that one or some kind of spiritual PLANE. Am I getting smarter by the second, or what?

I have to go lay down now. I must reserve some energy for cake.

Happy birthday, TG! I love you more!
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37 comments:

Suzy said...

Vedddy interesting. That the Beatles new stuff came out today reeks of George Harrisonism. He was very ninish.

The Bug said...

Wow that's amazing! What I remember about 9 is that (I think - this is something I learned many years ago), if your math is off (you've added one column of numbers twice - to check your work - & gotten two different answers), if the difference between the two answers is divisible by 9 then you probably transposed one of the numbers (added in 15 instead of 51). Hmmm - now I have to go create a random list of numbers to see if that's right...

Boy "Miss America" is right! And she looks just like her mom - you have lovely progeny!

phd in yogurtry said...

Ok, so now I need to find a happy hour so I can go out among the masses and show off my newfound brilliance! Happy 9-9-9 to you!

Kristina P. said...

I'm pretty sure this means that the world is going to explode today.

phd in yogurtry said...

p.s. It really IS freaking about today being the 252nd day of the year.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Yes and 99 cents stores are having a 99 cents celebration!

Wow, interesting math stuff!

Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday!

Vic said...

This post is very mathish - it made my brain hurt a little bit - it's like numbers have sharp bits that poke. Not like words, which are smooth and lovely.

Why am hearing John Lennon's voice in my head?

Betty said...

LOL! You are hilarious. I actually learned something here. :) Amazing!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Everywhere I go today it is 9,9, 9! The tweeters are full of 9s ......

blognut said...

I love 9. Almost as much as I love 3 .

But then, 3x3 = NINE!

Yay!

Janna Qualman said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

And thanks for visiting Something She Wrote. It's always good to meet someone new. :)

Sarah Lulu said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your daughter ...my first born, also a daughter, also turns 31 next month!

Bella said...

Isn't there a Schoolhouse Rock tune to go with the number 9?!

I still remember the words to most of those, My Hero, Zero! and speaking of schoolhouse rock who could forget the grammar ones like Conjunction Junction...or Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs here!

Hope you guys have a wonderful celebration!

otin said...

Your girls are beautiful!!!!!
Happy Birthday to your Daughter!

darsden said...

Happy Birthday Miss American ... and wow your mother is beautiful :-) yes I prefer 999's then upside down ones! Great Post!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday! Eat lots of cake!

powdergirl said...

As well in the math conundrum that is nine.

Lay your hands flat on the table in front of you. You have 10 fingers right? You can take a moment to count if you like,...
so you need the answer to 4 x 9 and you just don't know it?

On your left hand, beginning from your pinky, count out four fingers. Curl that fourth one under.
You have 3 fingers left on your right hand before the curled finger. Those are the 10's. So 30.
On the other side of the gap you have six digits left, those are the 1's. So 6.

Tada, 30 + 6 = 36.

Now you won't ever have to memorize your 9 X tables : )

Gorgeous girl you had there at the tender age of 9 as well.

9 really is a magic number!

Comedy Goddess said...

9 is a great number in numerology. I'm glad you posted this! I didn't get as far as researching that today is the 252nd day, that is freaky! And Happy Birthday to you and your daughter!

♥ Braja said...

Er....can you not do any more math posts? My brain hurts.

powdergirl said...

And also, you always make me laugh, you're a witty broad !

Braja(who will likely never read this)
I know what you mean, math can really boggle the mind, but you know? Its consistent, never ever changes. You can't say that about too many things...

Organic Meatbag said...

Happy birthday to your daughter!! And might I say, I would never in a million years believe that you have a 31 year old child...hahaha!

Michel said...

OMG I'm totally going to use that and pretend I'm all mathy-smart for the new people. hA!

thank you liar!!

Michel said...

powdergirl went too far with the mathy stuff though. I don't know what the hell she was talking about. She lost me at four.

Justine said...

Okay, I'm totally confused! I'm not supposed to come here to get more confused than usual dammit! LOL

Happy b-day TG!

Justine :o )

sheila said...

Ah yes, 9. Special and weird all at the same time. Makes my head hurt. But cool all the same. OMG, it's 9:09 as I type this. Frickin awesome!

sheila said...

Well, it was 909 MY time, lol

hokgardner said...

I'll have to tell my oldest about this. She loves math tricks like this.

Susan warmchocmilk said...

Happy Belated bithday to your daughter. (I just found your blog) Intesteing about the math stuff.....a little over my head, I think. :)

Michelle Wells Grant said...

666? PLANE? As in what happened with the hijacked plane yesterday? Hey, I got it, smarty pants.

Bernie said...

I'm learning how to comment and practicing on you. J is beside me and telling me how. I think you are very funny and the first time I read anything of yours was your story on the corset at the wedding. I thought that was hilarious and I could relate to that well. Just think if you had not had a cell phone!

Hope you had fun at the birthday celebration. I always think back to their births too. J was the most thoughtful and made her entry very easy whereas her oldest brother took three days.And so it goes. Bernie

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Happy Birthday to TG!

And you're freaking me out with the nines, man! Besides, everyone knows, 9+9+9 = pie. Mmmmmmm, pie.

What was I saying?

nothingfancy1 said...

You need cake...chocolate cake...BADLY!

Jocelyn said...

Look at you, getting off on math tricks. Next, try spelling out words on the calculator (it's okay to hold it upside down!).

Chairman Bill said...

Whenever people post these maths conundrums I always have to delve into them and find out why they work as they do. Thanks for giving me a focus today.

Madame DeFarge said...

Happy belated birthday to her too. And for the lesson on the number 9. It's like a grown-up version of Sesame Street on here now.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That's kind of mind blowing (even if I get a little lost - math isn't my thing). I'll have to show this to my geeky husband...

prashant said...

I'm pretty sure this means that the world is going to explode today.
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