I don’t feel 29 today. Is this what happens as you get older? Birthdays stop feeling so special? I’ll still bask in the adulation of my family and friends, naturally, and get a kick out of hundreds of thousands of people all across the country (heck, world–there are expats, right?) eating my preferred birthday cake: pumpkin pie. They’ll be celebrating, and I’m going to share in it all. Hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgving! Eat too much yummy food, watch some football, and be thankful for another year.

I’ll leave you with some 29 trivia, lifted from Wikipedia:

29 is the tenth prime number, and also the third primorial prime, the next prime number as well as primorial prime being thirty-one, with which it comprises a twin prime.
29 is the sixth Sophie Germain prime.
29 is a Lucas prime, a Pell prime, and a tetranacci number.
29 is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n − 1.
None of the first 29 natural numbers have more than two different prime factors. This is the longest such consecutive sequence.
29 is a Markov number, appearing in the solutions to x2 + y2 + z2 = 3xyz: {2, 5, 29}, {2, 29, 169}, {5, 29, 433}, {29, 169, 14701}, etc.
29 is a Perrin number, preceded in the sequence by 12, 17, 22.
29 is the atomic number of copper
29 is approximately the length of the lunar month.
29 is the number of bones in a normal human skull.
29 is the number of letters in the Finnish, Faroese and Norwegian alphabets.
29 is the highest possible score in a hand of Cribbage.

20 Responses to 29

  1. Ashley says:

    Happy birthday! I hope your pie is deservedly delicious and that it has real whipped cream on top, unless you prefer the fake stuff, in which case I hope you get a whole tub of cool whip all to yourself!

  2. Meg says:

    Hippy Happy Birthday! No pie here but I’ve got some leftover cake from the wedding that I’ll scarf in your honour this evening! My birthday is 11/11, so I know how it feels to have your birthday fall on a public holiday. (I used to think the Veteran’s Day parades were all about me. Sigh. (It must be noted my parents did nothing to relieve me of that notion for many years.))
    29 not feeling special? Hmmm. You’ve had a lot going on lately – I reckon 30 will feel a bit more monumental.

  3. LoveStrong says:

    And to think about how dreadful my 29th birthday was…I should have hopped onto Wikipedia as well and looked at all that fun numerology. Here’s to hoping that the looming-ever-so-near-30 also has fun tidbits associated with it.

    Hope you enjoyed your birthday and your pumpkin pie. I have celebrated your birthday and the *other* holiday by being thankful that you are my friend. :)

  4. Meredith says:

    Happy Birthday toooo youuuuu,
    Happy Birthday toooo youuuuu,
    Happy Birthday dear Pepperkniiiiiitttttt!
    Happy Birthday toooo youuuuu!

    Ta da!
    Hope it was a good one. :D

  5. Karen says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Don’t worry, they are not all downhill from here. I think maybe you are just having an off one this year. The big 3-0 will be much more festive!!

  6. Rachel says:

    So, I’m a jerk for wishing you happy birthday a good week and a half late. Sorry about that. How about I just say that I like to give a person a chance to really get used to the new number, try it out, and settle into life at that age before hitting her with a big loud “happy birthday!” Who can handle that kind of stress during a time of transition?

    Okay, seriously, I hope you had a nice celebration in spite of other things going on in your life.

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