Rootin’ Around

April 9, 2013 at 1:10 am 5 comments

The digits of today’s date can be concatenated to make the four-digit number 4913, and 4913 = 173. As it turns out, this is the only date in 2013 for which the concatenation of the digits forms a number that has a square, cube, fourth, fifth, or sixth root that is a whole number.

I’m sure there are more useless pieces of trivia, but I can’t think of one right now.

[Update, 4/9/13: Perhaps the following isn’t more useless, but it’s certainly not more useful, either. I failed to mention the trivial numerology contained within today’s date: 4 + 9 = 13.]

In any case, this fact about the cube root of 4913 got me to thinking about some of my favorite things.

My favorite drink:

Root Beer

My favorite highway:

Root 66

My favorite LeVar Burton movie:

Roots

My favorite types of efforts:

Grass Roots

My favorite idiom:

Putting Down Roots

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joseph  |  April 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I must be an idiot. I don’t get that last one.

    Reply
    • 2. venneblock  |  April 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Not an idiot, Joseph. It’s a tough one. I don’t want to just post the answer, as figuring it out is half the fun; so, here’s a hint: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/root.

      Reply
      • 3. Joseph  |  April 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Gah. Finally got it.

      • 4. venneblock  |  April 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Now be honest, Joseph. Just like a good math problem, doesn’t it feel better to figure it out for yourself?

      • 5. Joseph  |  April 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        *sigh*

        You win.

        So this is what my math students feel like when I force them to work through a problem on their own, rather than me just telling them the answer.😀

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