Summit Up 9-20-12: Where numbers and letters come together
September 19, 2012
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s in awe over a random fact we found out today. If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to go until 1,000 to encounter the letter “A.” BUT one quadrillion is the first to use a “q.” Even more remarkable, the first number to use a “p” is septillion, which looks like this:1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Yep. Sounds more like a reptile than a number. All those zeros are making our stomachs all queasy! Spelling aside, it would take 32 trillion years to count to that number, at the rate of one number per second, 24 hours a day.Anyone up for a challenge? Just kidding … what kind of life would it be to spend every waking moment counting?***Switching gears now to a couple of rad dudes who don’t waste time looking online for silly math facts, we have Luther Keoki Beckett pictured here with his grandpa, Silverthorne resident, John Timmons at the family “camp” on Long Lake near Harrison, Maine. The two were doing something more useful with their time: Catching up on the good word from the Summit Daily! A much better use of anyone’s time than counting to septillion.We can’t think of a better combination than a little family time, tractors and the good ol’ Summit Daily. Another golden combination is 15 minutes in a microwave, chicken and rice which brings us to today’s Oddity Alert!!Oddity Alert! Oddity Alert! We just want to say first, thank you to whoever stole the office microwave for 15 minutes today, filling the Summit Up World Headquarters with the wonderful smell of Jambalya. And second, who the heck cooked that and then didn’t eat it!? It sat in the break room all day.Wish we would’ve known earlier that it would be abandoned – we, the starving writers, would have eaten some!One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine … rice is meant to wine and dine. We out.