A few weeks ago, I tried to list the thirty-one flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. I failed, but at least I got to invent some new flavors, including (my favorite) General Tso. (Although, I must admit, I just did some googling, and discovered that an ice cream place on the Lower East Side in New … Continue reading Fifty-Seven


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And so on and so forth. The Declaration of Independence. On one level, it was a statement by a band … Continue reading Fifty-Six


Way back in post Thirty-Four, I talked about the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, the series that begins: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ... After the first two 1's, the rest of the series is determined by simply adding the previous two numbers in the series. It goes on forever. Well, … Continue reading Fifty-Five


A regular deck of cards, as we saw a few days ago, has fifty-two cards. However, most such decks also come with two extra cards: the Jokers. (This makes each deck hold 54 cards, obviously.) Jokers can be used in many games to keep things interesting. Some games use them as “wild cards,” cards you … Continue reading Fifty-Four


Companies and organizations operate on a fiscal year, which need not coincide with the change of a calendar year. By defining a fiscal year as ending on, say, June 30 each year, that enables the organization to close its financial books during the summer, if that's more convenient than in the middle of winter. It … Continue reading Fifty-Three


There are 52 cards in a regular deck of playing cards. There are a lot of various permutations those cards can take, which is why playing card games remains interesting. I just asked my ten-year-old daughter how many possible combinations she thinks you can make with 52 cards. Her answer? "A thousand." I said, "Oh, it's more than … Continue reading Fifty-Two


I remember being a kindergartener in Mrs. Collins' class. It was 1980-81. I was in the PM kindergarten class in the almost brand-new wing of Drums Elementary School. I loved being in elementary school. I learned so many things. I grew so much. I remember learning our letters in kindergarten, and that there was an … Continue reading Fifty-One