Prime numbers tell a story

A revealing item in my make-up is I have been around the block with mathematics, even though I have long forgotten most of my learnings. Prime numbers are part of the past I still remember as numbers only divisible by themselves and 1.

Using the initial several prime numbers, let me reveal stories for your weekend cogitation.

1 – represents the number of people the US President will not blame for his mistakes.

2 – represents the number of folks it takes to Tango.

3 – represents the number of blind mice or wise men, but just for fun transpose the two groups of three and see how the stories vary.

5 – represents the first part of the Five and Dime stores. Just think what we can buy for a nickel these days, which may only be avoiding change on a $1.05 purchase.

7 – represents the number of deadly sins. First prize for the person to name them in a comment is a nickel.

11 – represents the number of donuts that make it home when I go pick up a dozen.

13 – represents the number of bagels you get from a highly frequented baker in a baker’s dozen.

17 – represents the jersey number of retired quarterback Dandy Don Meredith, who achieved more fame as the initial trio of announcers on Monday Night Football – when the outcome of the game was in hand he would sing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

19 – represents the numerator of a favorite fraction I use to illustrate a point-  someone can do the right thing 19 times out of 20, but the one time will get all the press.

23 – represents the number of donuts that make it home when I buy two dozen, noting the second dozen is an assortment (cake donuts rock).

29 – represents my current age on my birthday, as in I just celebrated the 31st anniversary of my 29th birthday.

31 – represents an ideal age where you survived your twenties and know more what you want and can navigate the world’s landmines a little better.

Have a great weekend. If you finish this post without wanting to go to Dunkin or Krispy Kreme, you deserve another nickel.

15 thoughts on “Prime numbers tell a story

  1. Note to Readers: If I added the next prime number it would include the following:

    37 – represents the number of President of Richard M. Nixon who resigned the Presidency before he was both impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. It should be noted his famous line was “I am not a crook,” and he consistently used the phrase “witchhunt” to define the Watergate reporting and hearings (sound familiar). Not only was it not a witchhunt, but over twenty of Nixon’s staff and people went to jail. As of this date, six of the current US President’s people have pleaded guilty or been convicted with one currently indicted, in Roger Stone. It should be noted, as a young adult, Stone worked on Nixon’s team a one of his dirty tricksters. These stories speak volumes.

    • Susan, since the kids have moved away and we have fewer sleepovers, the donut runs are few and far between. My wife is on a low carb diet, which means o an on a low carb diet as well.

      I read her her the post and she said “Now, I am craving donuts.” That is when I added the final line. Keith

  2. Okay … here are the 7 deadly sins: envy, gluttony, greed or avarice, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. Now, instead of a nickel, which will buy nothing these days, please send one of those donuts! And I note that the current resident of the Oval Office is possessed of all seven of those ‘sins’ … just sayin’.

    Thanks for the chuckles, my friend!

    • Jill, excellent and I would agree with your assessment. I need to venture north so we can have that donut. I am partial to the blueberry cake donuts, but seasonally Krispy Kreme will cook pumpkin cake donuts. I do not want to know the calories therein. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: Is it part of a larger plan that the two Bushes were both prime number Presidents? The next prime number President may still be helping the country and planet climb out of the hole being dug by the 45th President. I think it will take longer than the tenure of the 46th one to resolve the problems created by Trump.

  4. Note to Readers: Reflecting on this post, I was reminded of the extremely well crafted “School House Rocks” that ABC aired during Saturday morning cartoons. We bought a compilation DVD for our kids. I recall some of the math oriented ones like “Three is a Magical Number,” and about the numbers five, eight and nine.

    Some good lessons to remember
    – a number is divisible by 3, if the sum of the digits is divisible by 3 (24 is because 2+4 is).
    – to quickly come up with the product of 9 and a number is multiply the number by 10 and subtract the number. 9 x 7 is 63, so you can quickly do 10 x 7 and subtract 7 from 70.

  5. Dear Keith,
    Here are some other fun facts about prime numbers:
    Some facts:

    The only even prime number is 2. All other even numbers can be divided by 2.

    If the sum of a number’s digits is a multiple of 3, that number can be divided by 3.

    No prime number greater than 5 ends in a 5. Any number greater than 5 that ends in a 5 can be divided by 5.

    Zero and 1 are not considered prime numbers.

    Here is a table of all prime numbers up to 1,000:

    2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23
    29 31 37 41 43 47 53 59 61 67
    71 73 79 83 89 97 101 103 107 109
    113 127 131 137 139 149 151 157 163 167
    173 179 181 191 193 197 199 211 223 227
    229 233 239 241 251 257 263 269 271 277
    281 283 293 307 311 313 317 331 337 347
    349 353 359 367 373 379 383 389 397 401
    409 419 421 431 433 439 443 449 457 461
    463 467 479 487 491 499 503 509 521 523
    541 547 557 563 569 571 577 587 593 599
    601 607 613 617 619 631 641 643 647 653
    659 661 673 677 683 691 701 709 719 727
    733 739 743 751 757 761 769 773 787 797
    809 811 821 823 827 829 839 853 857 859
    863 877 881 883 887 907 911 919 929 937
    941 947 953 967 971 977 983 991 997

    Hugs, Gronda

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