Where and How They Are Used
The number of units in a score (unit
of measure), eg 3 score years and 10 = 70.
A darts board is divided into 20 sectors numbered from 1 to 20.
There are 20 hundredweight in one ton (imperial measurement of weight).
There were 20 shillings in a pound (old British coinage).
> G20 (Group of Twenty) is a forum of the world's 20 wealthiest nations. They are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union which represents all member states apart from the UK.
|21||In the UK, 21 was the original age at
which a person officially became an adult (up to the early 1970s).
Some 35 years later, persons reaching 21 still often have a celebration
party (perhaps initiated by their parents who remember the "old
A 21-gun salute is fired in the UK for royalty and in the US for the President. It comes from the time when the largest ships of the British navy had 21 guns along one side.
> "21" is the title of the second album by British singing star Adele, released in 2011.
Store Twenty One is a high street discount clothing retailer that used to operate as "QS".
There are 22 players on the
field in a football (soccer)
There are 22 yards in a chain (imperial measure of length).
In cricket the wicket is 22 yards long.
Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd) is
the best-known, and often only-known, psalm.
Footballer, David Beckham chose 23 as his shirt number at Real Madrid and later at LA Galaxy.
The number of hours in a day.
24-7 indicates that a service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week - in other words always available.
The number of doors on an Advent Calendar.
"24 Hours from Tulsa" was a hit single for Gene Pitney in 1964, reaching No 5 in the UK charts.
"24 Sycamore" was also a hit single for Gene Pitney. Charting in 1973, it reached No 34 in the UK charts.
25 Years is a
quarter of a century.
25 years of marriage is a Silver Wedding Anniversary.
A monarch who reigns for 25 years, celebrates a Silver Jubilee.
> "25" is the title of the third album by British singing star Adele, released in 2015.
25 (Fighter) Squadron of the Royal Air Force was formed on the 25th September 1915, and disbanded on 4th April 2008.
The number of letters in the English
A marathon race is 26 miles and 385 yards long.
> The atomic number of iron.
|27||The number of
books in the New Testament of the Bible.
The total value of the coloured balls in snooker.
|28||The number of
dominoes in a set.
The number of days in February (except in a leap year).
|29||The number of days in February when it
is a leap year.
The atomic number of copper.
|30||The number of days in the months of
April, June, September and November.
The standard speed limit is 30 mph on roads and streets in built-up areas of the UK.
|31||The number of days in the months of
January, March, May, July, August, October and December.
Review 31 is an online book review service based in the USA.
|32||32 degrees is the freezing point of
water in Fahrenheit.
32 is the number of permanent (adult) teeth in a human, including "wisdom teeth".
|33||A normal human spine has 33 vertebrae
when the bones that form the coccyx are counted individually.
Class 33 was a type of diesel locomotive extensively used on the Southern Region of British Railways.
|34||The atomic number of selenium.|
|35||35 millimeters is the standard width
of photographic film.
35 is the minimum age of candidates for election to the position of President of the United States of America.
John F Kennedy was US President number 35.
|36||The number of inches in a yard.
The number of gallons in a standard British beer barrel.
The number of black keys on a piano.
|37||Richard Nixon was US President number 37.
There are 37 segments or slots on a European Roulette Wheel.
|38||The number of games played each season by each team in
the English Premiership (football).
There are 38 segments or slots on an American Roulette Wheel.
is a track on Queen's
album "A Night at the Opera". If the tracks on Queen's original studio
albums are numbered in sequential order starting with their first,
"'39" does in fact fall in the thirty-ninth position.
"39 Steps" is a novel written in 1915 by John Buchan. It was famously made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935, staring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Another film version, starring Kenneth More and Taini Elg appeared in 1959. A further film followed in 1978, starring Robert Powell; and in 2008, a BBC adaptation starring Rupert Penry-Jones was made and broadcast.
40 winks is a short sleep or nap.
Ali Baba worked with 40 thieves.
During Noah's flood, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
If it rains on St Swithun's day, it is said that it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights.
Minus 40 is the same temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.
Full strength spirit is 40 percent proof.
Charts of best-selling music on radio are normally a Top 40.
Ronald Reagan was US President number 40.
41 Hotel is a
plush 5-star establishment in Buckingham Palace Road, central London.
41 Club is the new name for The Association of Ex-Round Tablers' Clubs. Round Table members had to retire from membership upon reaching the age of 40, but could then join the 41 club. Maximum age of the Round Table has now been extended to 45.
The answer to "Life, the Universe
and Everything" in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas
Bill Clinton was US President number 42.
42nd Street is a famous street name in Manhattan, New York. It was the title of a musical film in 1933 staring Warren Baxter and Bebe Daniels. The story was turned into a Broadway musical in 1980, opening in London in 1984. A Broadway revival opened in 2001. Various touring versions appear from time to time.
Level 42 are a British rock/pop band who had 23 hits in the singles chart during the 1980s.
"42" is a track on Coldplay's album "Viva La Vida", released in 2008.
George W Bush was US
President number 43.
43 is a track on the album "Level 42" by the band Level 42.
Is the international dialing code for
Barack Obama is US President number 44.
A 44 gallon (imperial gallon) drum is a standard size for the shipment of oil and other liquids. In the USA it is known as a 55 gallon drum as the US gallon is smaller than the imperial. The standard drum equates to 200 litres.
The point 44 Magnum, is a large-bore cartridge originally designed for revolvers. Despite the ".44" designation, all guns chambered for the .44 Magnum case use bullets of approximately 0.429 in (10.9 mm) diameter.
|45||A "45" is a single vinyl record that revolves at 45 rpm when played on a turntable, and is 7 inches in diameter. 45s were the standard format for hit singles from the late 1950s to the 1980s. From the 1980s cassette singles were an alternative, before CD singles took over in the 1990s. Nowadays, new music releases are normally downloaded from the internet, and the hit single, as a physical item, has mostly died away.|
|46||National Cycle Route 46 will connect Droitwich (near Worcester) to Newport in south Wales when completed.|
AK-47 is a Kalashnikov assault
rifle, adopted for use by the Soviet army in 1949. It became the
standard assault rifle in eastern Europe countries and many rebel armies
throughout the World.
The 47 Society is dedicated to exploring the number 47. They say "when a number appears randomly, more often than not, that number is 47. If you ask people to pick a number at random, mostly, that number is 47".
48 hours is two days.
The phrase 48 hours is frequently used by the military to describe the
length of operations or leave periods, instead of saying two days.
There were 48 States in the USA from 1912, when Arizona joined the Union, until 1959 when Alaska became a State. The original 48 States comprise the mainland or contiguous States - both Alaska and Hawaii (the 50th State) are separated from the 48.
"PC 49" was a radio police
detective series written by Alan Stranks, and broadcast by the BBC
between 1947 and 1953. Some 112 episodes were made, featuring the
voice of Brian Reece. At least two films of "PC 49" were
made in the early fifties.
49er (Fortyniner) is a beer made by the Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire. The name is taken from the beer's strength at 4.9%
The 49ers are a National Football League team in San Francisco.
The 49th parallel is the border between Canada and the USA.
The Fifties refers to the decade from 1950 to 1959, the
decade that spawned Rock 'n' Roll, Teenagers, the start of space
exploration, the Cold War, and the iconic British
car, The Mini.
50 is half a century, and in cricket, a batsman is said to have made his half century when he reaches 50 runs.
50 years of marriage is a Golden Wedding Anniversary.
A monarch who reigns for 50 years, celebrates a Golden Jubilee.
The Parker 51, introduced in 1941, is
possibly the most famous fountain pen in the World.
51 is the year identifier used on motor vehicles registered in the UK between 1st September 2001 and 28th February 2002. This was the first use of the new registration number system - there is no 01.
The number of weeks in a year.
The number of cards in a standard deck of playing cards.
The number of white keys on a piano.
B-52 is a Boeing long-range bomber aircraft used by the US Air Force from the mid 1950s to the 1990s.
The B-52s are an American rock band named after the aircraft.
The number of independent
countries in the continent of Africa (includes the islands of
Symphony No. 53 in D major, is a musical work by Joseph Haydn. It is often referred to by the subtitle "L'Impιriale". The symphony was composed by 1774. It is scored for flute, two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings.
The number of
coloured squares on a Rubik's
Cube (6 faces of 9 squares).
The atomic number of xenon.
|55||Britvic 55 is a soft drink made by the Britvic company. First launched in 1978, it combines 55% fruit juice with sparking water.|
56 is the number of men who signed the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Fifty-Six is the name of a town in Stone County, Arkansas, USA. It was named after School District No. 56.
|57||The number of varieties of processed foods made by the Heinz company. In fact, in 1892, when the advertising phrase "Heinz 57 Varieties" was coined, the company was manufacturing more than 60 products! It is said that 57 was chosen because 5 and 7 were the lucky numbers, respectively, of Henry John Heinz and his wife. In current times, the company markets over 6,000 products.|
|58||The B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 supersonic flight. The delta-wing aircraft was developed for the USAF during the late 1950s, and was operational between 1960 and 1969.|
59th Street Bridge is the
local name for the The Queensboro Bridge in New York City.
"59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" is a song by Simon and Garfunkel, appearing on their 1966 album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme".
The Sixties refers to the decade from 1960 to 1969, the
decade that spawned the Beatles and many other beat groups; the
so-called English Invasion
of the USA music scene by British pop and rock bands; Carnaby
Street fashions; hippies, free love, rock festivals and men on The Moon.
There are 60 members in the Welsh Assembly.
60 mph is the National Speed limit on single carriageway roads in rural areas of the UK. Lower limits may be imposed locally.
60 years of marriage is a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
A monarch who reigns for 60 years, celebrates a Diamond Jubilee.
The Highway 61 Blues Festival occurs every June in Leland, Massachusetts, USA.
"Highway 61 Revisited" is Bob Dylan's sixth album, released 1965, and contains the hit "Like A Rolling Stone".
Coupe de Ville Cadillac was first introduced in 1949, and was one
of the first hardtop convertibles.
Theatre 62 is an amateur dramatic society which performs at the Wickham Theatre Centre, West Wickham, Bromley, Kent. The name comes from the year the group was founded - 1962.
Three is a manufacturer of jewelry, based in Jacksonville, Florida.
KV-63 is an Egyptian tomb discovered in 2006. It is in the Valley of the Kings approximately 14.5 meters from the south edge of KV-62, the Tomb of Tutankhamun. KV-63 is the first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since 1922.
There are 64 squares on
a chess board.
"When I'm 64" is a Beatles song, released on their 1967 album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
Commodore 64 was an early home computer, introduced in 1982. The 64 refers to the size of internal memory - 64k. This is about a thousandth of the typical memory size of the latest home computers.
|65||65 is the traditional age for men to receive a State Pension in the UK, and thus to be able to retire from work. This age will be increased over the next few decades. Many men elect to retire earlier if they have a private pension.|
|66||The road, Historic Route 66 runs for 2,400 miles across the USA from Chicago to Los Angeles. It opened as a series of connected local roads in the late 1920s. It achieved cult status during the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s a TV drama series was made about the road. It has now been replaced by Interstate highways, and has returned to being a series of local roads, but is kept alive by groups of enthusiasts in the USA and throughout the World.|
|67||Class 67 is a diesel-electric locomotive, built during 1999 and 2000. 30 locomotives were delivered to EWS for high speed freight services on the British rail network. They were constructed by by Alstom in Valencia, Spain under sub-contract from General Motors Diesel in Canada.|
underwear is a contemporary range of lingerie that is suitable for
everyday wear and designed to convey an effortlessly feminine look.
6ixty 8ight have introduced a stylish organic range for those wanting to
be eco-friendly. Created from organic cotton, 6ixty 8ight have given
lingerie a modern twist.
National Cycle Route 68 is known as the Pennine Cycleway, and runs up the spine of England, through three National Parks between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Vat 69 is a scotch blended whisky,
produced by William Sanderson & Sons Ltd.
Sham 69 were a British Punk Rock band in the late 1970s. They reformed in 1987 and in 2006 recorded a track for that year's World Cup. Lead singer and group founder, Jimmy Pursey left in 2008 to form a new band.
70 mph is the National Speed limit
on motorways and dual carriageways in the UK. Lower limits may be imposed locally.
70 years of marriage is a Platinum Wedding Anniversary.
Hotel 71 is a hotel in
the old port of Quebec, Canada. Hotel 71 is located in a
prestigious building that was once the National Bank's first head
office. The building faηade is a stunning example of 19th century
71 Nyhavn is a waterfront hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, housed in a converted but historically preserved early 19th-century warehouse.
There are 72 clubs in the
English Football League (not including the Premiership).
In degrees Fahrenheit, 72 is considered to be room temperature.
72 is the average number of heartbeats per minute for a resting adult.
The volume of Saturn is 72 times of that the Earth.
"No 73" was a
kids' Saturday morning TV show that ran on ITV from 1982 to 1988.
"Winchester '73" is a Western movie made in 1950, staring James Stewart and Shelley Winters.
Door 74 is the name of a
restaurant in Oxford.
Opera 74 is the name of an amateur opera company in Bolton, England.
|75||The official chart of hit single records is a Top 75.|
"76 Trombones" is a hit song
from the musical "The Music Man".
Studio 76 is a kitchen and bathroom design and supply company in Twinsburg, Ohio, USA.
|77||"77 Sunset Strip" was the title of an American TV series (1958- 64). It was about a private detective agency based at that address (in Hollywood, California), and stared Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes.|
A "78" is a single record,
made from shellac, that
revolves at 78 rpm when played on a turntable. 78s were the
standard format for records from the beginning of the 20th century to the late
1950s. They were normally 10 inches in diameter.
78 is the total number of gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
Studio 79 is
a dance studio in Leicester, UK.
The A79 is a major road in Scotland, running from Prestwick via Ayr to Doonholm in South Ayrshire. It is about 7 miles long, making it the second shortest 2-digit A road in the UK. (see 88)
The atomic number of gold.
Caledonian 80 is a Scottish ale, made by the
Caledonian Brewing Company in Edinburgh.
Rugby Union and Rugby League matches are played for 80 minutes (2 halves of 40 minutes)
|81||National Cycle Route 81 will connect Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast to Sandwell near Birmingham via Shrewsbury, Telford and Wolverhampton.|
|82||The F-82 Twin Mustang was the last American piston-engine fighter ordered into production by the USAF. The F-82 was originally designed as a long-range escort fighter in World War II. Post-war F-82s were used extensively by the Air Defense Command and during the Korean War, Japan-based F-82s were among the first USAF aircraft to operate over Korea. The first three North Korean aircraft destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by F-82s.|
|83||83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) is part of the Royal Air Force. The unit is commanded by an Air Commodore who acts as the RAFs senior officer in the Middle East. 83 EAG was formed in the UK on 1st April 1943. Its primary role was to provide direct support to Allied forces during the Allied liberation of Europe. On 1st April 2006, 83 EAG was re-formed as an Expeditionary Air Group HQ in the Middle East.|
84 is the name of a small township in
"84 Charing Cross Road" is a 1970 book by Helene Hanff, later made into a stage play and film, about the twenty-year correspondence between her and Frank Doel, chief buyer of Marks & Co, antiquarian booksellers located at that address in London, UK.
|85||85 Broads is a network of trailblazing, visionary women who aspire to use their talent and leadership abilities to effect professional, educational, economic, and cultural change for all women throughout the world. "Our mission is to empower and connect smart women across industries, generations, and geographies globally".|
86 is an artists' co-operative run by an eclectic group
of local artists including Ceramicists, Painters, printmakers and a
unique papier-mβchι sculptor. It is at 86 High Street, Crediton,
The American F-86 Sabre jet fighter aircraft was best known for its Korean War role where it fought against the Soviet MiG-15. Its success led to an extended production run of over 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956. Although developed in the late 1940s and outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre continued as a front line fighter in air forces until the last active examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.
Hotel 87 is a 3-star hotel
located at Old South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, in south London, UK.
The U87 is a professional studio microphone made by Neumann of Berlin, Germany.
The Tiffen 87 is an infrared camera lens filter. It absorbs all visible light, transmitting only infrared wavelengths, and is suitable for use with black and white infrared film only. Digital cameras need an expensive modification to photograph infrared images.
The number of keys on a piano, 52
white and 36 black.
The atomic number of radium.
The A88 is a major road in Scotland, running from Larbert to Stenhousemuir, north of Falkirk. It connects the A9 with the A905 and is the shortest 2-digit A road in the UK at just 4 miles long.
BAR 89 is a trendy restaurant at 89
Mercer Street, in the area of Greenwich Village in New York City.
Studio 89 is a hairdressing salon at 89, Bolton St, Chorley, Lancashire, UK.
Studio 89 is a hairdressing salon at 4915, W Lake Blvd, Homewood, California, USA.
90" is a 1968 puppet television series featuring the adventures of a
nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine, set in the years 2012-13.
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (makers of "Thunderbirds"), a single
series of thirty 25-minute episodes
was filmed and broadcast.
Football (Soccer) matches are played for 90 minutes (2 halves of 45 minutes).
The T-90 is a Russian main battle tank (MBT) derived from the T-72, and is currently the most modern tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry, and the Indian Army.
"Ninety" is the name of an album made in 1989 by British house-music band 808 State.
Studio 91 is
a dance studio in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Studio 91 is a photographic and design company in Santa Ana, California, USA
Studio 91 is an art gallery at Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Studio 91 is an exclusive greetings card company in Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK.
Studio 91 is a collaborative artist workspace in downtown Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Studio 91 is a model agency in Prague, Czech Republic.
Studio 91 is a design company in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Studio 91 is a photographic retailer and processor in Central Market, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, India.
number of Uranium.
The original number of clubs in the Football League. Since the formation of the Premiership, there are 72 clubs in the Football League and 20 in the Premiership.
Network 92 are a leading UK Plastic and Engineering recruitment consultancy, based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK.
"Ninety-Three" ("Quatrevingt-treize") is a novel written in 1874 about the French Revolution by French writer, Victor Hugo (1802-1885). He is, perhaps, best known for his novel "Les Misιrables" (1862), which was turned into a successful stage musical.
Street was the address of The Beatles Apple Boutique from 7 December
1967 to 30 July 1968.
"94 Baker Street: The Pop Psych Sounds of the Apple Era 67-69" is a various artists compilation album (CD).
94 Signal Squadron (Berkshire Yeomanry) is one of 3 Squadrons that form part of the 39 Signal Regiment of the British Army.
The 94th Fighter Squadron is a squadron of the United States Air Force, currently part of the 1st Operations Group of the 1st Fighter Wing, and stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, USA.
Windows 95 was a PC operating
system produced by Microsoft.
The A95 road is a major road of north-east Scotland connecting the A9 road in the Highlands to the A98 road near the coast.
96" is a radio station broadcasting from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
to the surrounding area of the UK.
The VIC 96 is a steam coasting lighter. She was commissioned by the War Office and built in 1945. The VIC 96 Trust is currently restoring the vessel to full working order after which she will be berthed at Chatham as a working exhibit.
|97||"The Wreck of the Old 97" is a song inspired by the crash of the "Old 97", a rail service officially known as the Fast Mail, which was en route from Monroe, Virginia to Spencer, North Carolina when it left the track at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia on 27 September 1903. The song has been recorded by many Country Music singers, including Johnny Cash.|
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
is normal body temperature.
Windows 98 was the updated PC operating System from Microsoft, replacing Windows 95.
"99 Red Balloons" was a No 1
hit record by German band Nena in 1984.
"99 Miles from LA" is a song written and recorded by Albert Hammond in 1975. It has also been recorded by Johnny Mathis and others.
"The Ninety-Nines" is an International Organization of Women Pilots. It was founded in 1929 in New York. All 117 women pilots licensed at the time were invited, and the group is named for the 99 of them who attended the meeting or expressed an interest in forming a group. Currently, the organisation has 5,230 members in thirty countries.
"Ninety-Nine Nights" is a fantasy video game developed for the Xbox 360 in 2006.
The number of years in a century.
In cricket, a batsman is said to have made a Century when he reaches 100 runs.
100 degrees is the boiling point of water in the Celsius scale of temperature measurement.
101 is a
24-hour phone number provided by the police and local councils to deal
with community safety issues, including certain non-emergency crime,
policing and anti-social behavior.
"101 Dalmatians" is a 1956 children's novel by Dodie Smith. It was made into a Walt Disney animated feature-length cartoon in 1961. In 1996 Disney remade it as a live-action film, starring Glenn Close.
Room 101 is a place in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.
"Room 101", is a BBC comedy television series, originally running from 1994 to 2007, named after the feature in the novel "1984". The presenters were Nick Hancock (1994 - 1997) and Paul Merton (1999 - 2007). In 2012 a new series, with a different format, was launched with host Frank Skinner.
The Statue of Liberty (New York, USA) is 101 feet tall from base to torch.