Saturday, December 16, 2006

F.O.B. #9: You Learn Something New Everyday... why not start it off with the number 9? I was sitting around yesterday, and for some strange reason, I Googled the number 9. Yes, very strange, I know :) Anyhow, I came upon the site for Wikipedia-The Free Encyclopedia, and they have a huge page all about the number 9. I thought we could give our thinking caps a rest today and do some good old fashioned cut and paste action (hopefully this is legal in cyberland and they won't cart me off to the pen).

All you have to do is find 9 bits of info on the number 9 and share them with everyone on your blog. You can use the link above, you can do your own detective work, heck, you could make the stuff up and we'd never know (or would we? :) It's OK if you end up choosing the same answers as other people. What's important is to choose what interests you, so you'll learn something, and when someone asks you what the most prestigious sweater number in hockey is...well, you'll know the answer :P

So, here is the latest addition to my Walking Encyclopedia of Useless Knowledge:

9) Important Buddhist rituals usually involve nine monks.

8) In Wiccca there are nine sacred trees used in bonfires.

7) Norse mythology and Germanic mythology recognized nine realms of existence. Eight of the realms were embodiments of opposites: fire and ice, heaven and hell, creation and destruction, and light and darkness. These realms all converged on the center realm, where humans lived out their lives.

6) One of the most famous legends in Celtic mythology tells the story of nine magical hazel trees at the center of the Otherworld. They hang over the Well of Wisdom and drop their nuts into it, importing wisdom and inspiration to all who drink from the water or eat the salmon of the river.

5) In Thai, the word for nine, 'gao', is the same as the verb for 'to develop or progress'.

4) In urban culture, 'nine' is a slang word for a 9mm pistol or homicide, the latter from the Illinois Criminal Code for homicide.

3) In ice hockey the number 9 is one of the most prestigious sweater numbers, having been worn by legends like Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, and Gordie Howe. It was also worn, doubled as 99, by the great Wayne Gretzky.

2) Nine judges sit on the United States Supreme Court.

1) But most important of all...9 inches is how long these gauntlet gloves are going to be from cuff to cuff when I am finished with them:)

Have a great day everyone!


At 8:50 AM, Blogger Ann said...

I can't explain to you my obsession with the number 3 and it's multiples. Most of which is the number 9, because it is three threes and you just can't get any better than that.
I look forward to working on today's list! It might not be until tonight, though, as we have my grandmother's 100th birthday to celebrate this afternoon!

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Knatty Knitter said...

hiya love, thank you for the support. I love this list. Nine is my favourite number by far. And as another addition to your list, it is a holy number in the Baha'i religion too. It is the number of points on the Baha'i star, our symbol, and is the number that the letters of 'Baha' add up to in Arabic (in Arabic every letter has a corresponding number and you add them together to get the 'value' of the word). Baha'i Houses of Worship (there is one in Wilmette, Chicago and they aren't church's, they are spaces open to anyone of any religion to pray/meditate/contemplate) are all nine sided. But also I just love the number, even with out all the cool connections. I had completely forgotten about that particular celtic legend...the Salmon of Knowledge was my fav growing up! hope you are havin a great weekend. Good luck with the gautlets :)



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