A 100 posts that is!

Thank you to all our guest contributors and encouraging readers.

Reason enough to rejoice and have some fun. So here it is, a post with no objective other than for us to chill out and celebrate this milestone.

A few numerical facts first:

• Simple stuff first; One hundred is the square of 10 (in scientific notation it is written as 102).
• One hundred is the basis of percentages (per cent meaning “per hundred” in Latin), with 100% being a full amount.
• It is the sum of the first nine prime numbers… (did you know this? if you’re wondering which ones, here’s the answer, it’s 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17,19,23)
• … as well as the sum of first 10 odd numbers (1+3+5+7+9+11+13+15+17+19 = 100)
• … as well as the sum of four pairs of prime numbers (47 + 53, 17 + 83, 3 + 97, 41 + 59)
• Also, 26 + 62 = 100, thus 100 is a Leyland number. (Now we’re really getting down to business, aren’t we!)
• A googol is 10 raised to the power hundred, or the number 1 followed by a hundred zeros ;
• Incidentally, a googolplex is 10 raised to the power of a googol; a googolplex is 1 with a googol of zeros. As per this site, you will get some idea of the size of this very large but finite number from the fact that there would not be enough room to write it, if you went to the farthest star, touring all the nebulae and putting down zeros every inch of the way.

And now some lighter stuff:

• To begin, a useful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson for all in stressful jobs, ‘Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.’
• The 100th day of the year in a non-leap year is April 10th
• Year 100 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Roman calendar
• Nostradamus’ collection of prophetic verses are a total of 942 quatrains (a quatrain is a poem of 4 lines) divided into ten sections called ‘Centuries’, which refers to the number of verses in each section. Like the rest of us, he did some adjustment too, one of the centuries had only 42 quatrains.
• There are 4 Indians in the Forbes list of top 100 richest people in the World: Mukesh Ambani, Lakshmi Mittal, Azim Premji and Savitri Jindal & family
• Usain Bolt holds the record for the fastest 100m sprint: 9.63 seconds. The fastest 100m sprint by an Indian is by Amit Kumar Prakash at 10.30 seconds
• You hear 100 blasts of the Shofar in the service of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
• There are 100 tiles in a standard Scrabble set
• The 100th element on the periodic table of elements is Fermium, a rare radioactive earth metal, a member of the actinide series
• Indian cinema turned 100 in April 2012
• ‘100 Days’ is a Bollywood film released in 1991 starring Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Moon Moon Sen, and Javed Jaffrey. The film is a mystery thriller that follows the adventures of a woman with extrasensory perception. (Apologies to those who feel we’ve skipped from the sublime to the ridiculous)

• One Hundred Horses – a lovely hand scroll with ink and colors on silk by Lang Shih Ning (Giuseppe Castiglione, 1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit who became a Chinese court painter for Emperor Ch’ien Lung (ruled 1736-1795). The painting is on exhibit at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, and you can view it at this site; for maximizing viewing pleasure, click on the ‘enlargement’ button

• Dante’s Commedia has 100 cantos (34 cantos Inferno, 33 cantos Purgatorio and 33 cantos Paradiso)
• In the Mahabharata, Dhritarashtra had 100 sons called the Kauravas
• And to end, a quote from Walden by Henry David Thoreau:

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three,
and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen,