Lucky Number Seven(teen)

The other day I was reading ESPN's Jayson Stark's review of the strange happenings in the 2007 baseball season when I came across this nugget.

"Billy Wagner collected his 17th save of the year in the 17th inning of a July 7 Mets-Astros game -- an inning that took him (what else?) 17 pitches."

I was immediately interested in that fact because 17 is my lucky number. Besides being my birth date reversed (7/1 becomes 17), it was also my cubby number in third grade, my favorite birthday and the jersey number of some of my favorite athletes (Anderson Varejao, Braylon Edwards, Lance Berkman and Cristiano Rinaldo).

But 17 isn't just my lucky number. Princeton mathematician Edward Feller also had a fondness for the number, selecting only 17 students each year to advise and always choosing it as his "random" integer when solving problems. According to a variety of studies, it's also the "most random number"; if you ask a group of people to choose a number between 1 and 20, you'll get an excess of people choosing 17. Knowing my adoration for the number, a friend turned me on to this site from a French professor who tracked occurrences of the number seventeen. From that site and some others, here are some interesting tidbits.

  • The word or numeral "seventeen" is used 17 times in the Bible.
  • The working title of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" was "Seventeen."
  • There are 17 muscles in the human tongue.
  • Carl Lewis won 17 gold medals: nine at the Olympic games and eight at world championships.
  • The Japanese haiku contains 17 syllables.
  • The period of revolution of the moon Callisto, which Galileo discovered in the 17th century, around Jupiter is 17 days.
  • In the film An American in Paris, Gene Kelly dances for 17 minutes.
  • No odd Fibonacci number is divisible by 17.
  • 17 hostages were killed during the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.
  • In the film The Great Escape, Danny (Charles Bronson) is digging his 17th tunnel.
Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve

Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette

Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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