‘Sixty-one’ is special to me today: no prizes for guessing why that might be! There are also no prizes for winning the quiz below§, which I am proud to present in 61’s honour.
In my opinion, 61 is almost perfect. It contains the number 6, which is itself a perfect number. Six plus one is seven, a number that’s considered by some to be magical. I’ve always liked seven because that’s the sum of all the opposite sides of a die (I’m talking about the standard cube-shaped die, not those peculiar dice I used back in the days when I played D&D). The number 61 also contains the number 1, which is, a priori¹, the first of all natural numbers (well, unless you include zero, which some weird folk do). One is, however, somewhat sad, since it’s all alone…
And now, here’s that quiz I promised you. I hope you find it entertaining!
§ That is, assuming that the ‘Crowdsignal’ embedded quiz still appears — and still works — on the day you happen to visit this page. Over the years I have become increasingly convinced that the longevity of software thingummies is inversely proportional to the length of time since the inception of computers themselves. Those Who Make Changes Just Because They Can (no names) will, I believe, never learn.
¹ I’ve used that term incorrectly, haven’t I? I never was any good at Latin. It might have helped if I’d actually paid attention in skool when Ubi Lane was trying to learn it to me. (Flashback: Ubi smacking me upside the head in class one day when he caught me reading a book² during class. I was so engrossed in it that I hadn’t noticed him sneaking up on me!)
² If memory serves, it was ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress‘³, by the late Robert A Heinlein.
³ Watching the movie of that book is on my bucket list. Of course, someone has to actually make it, first!