> Initial Number - counting starts here!
> BBC 1 is the flagship television service of the BBC.
> ITV 1 was the flagship television service of ITV, but it
reverted to simply ITV in 2013.
> Sky 1 is the prime general entertainment service of Sky
> Radio 1 is a radio service from the BBC, aimed at the
> Formula 1 is the highest level of motor racing regulated by the FIA (Fédération
Internationale de l'Automobile).
> Humans have 1 nose and 1 mouth, and 1 each of most vital
> A "one-man-band" is an individual who
plays a number of musical instruments simultaneously - usually a
street busker. Can also refer, metaphorically, to a
company operated by one person who performs all the roles
> A "one-horse town" is a derogatory expression for a
small, unimportant town, where little happens.
> Other words meaning 1 are single, solo, unit. The prefix
uni means 1, eg unicycle (1 wheel).
> Humans have 2 arms, 2 hands, 2 legs, 2 feet, 2 eyes and 2 ears.
Internally, they have 2 lungs and 2 kidneys.
> Birds have 2 legs and 2 wings.
> The BBC and ITV television organisations mentioned under
"1", additionally have a "2" service.
> There is also a Radio 2 from the BBC. This was introduced during
the Second World War as light relief for the listeners, and was
then called the Light Programme.
> Other words meaning 2 are pair, brace, duo, twin. The prefix bi
means 2, eg bicycle (2 wheels).
> There are 3 feet in a yard.
> Physical objects have 3 dimensions: height, width and depth.
> Radio 3 is the classical and "avant garde" service from the BBC.
> "3 strikes and you are out" is a term (and rule) in
baseball. In recent times it has been used in US law,
where a third minor offence by the same person will result in a
> In Rugby Union, 3 points are awarded for a penalty kick or drop
goal through the posts.
> There are 3 basic rock formations: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary.
> "Three" is the trading name of a British
mobile phone provider.
> 3M is an American manufacturing company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
(hence the name 3M). With $30 billion in annual sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and produces more than 55,000 products,
several of them under the "Scotch" brand.
> Other words meaning 3 are trio, triplet, hat trick. The
prefix tri means 3, eg tricycle (3 wheels).
seasons in the year (north
or south of the tropics), spring,
summer, autumn and winter.
are 4 points of the compass, north, south, east and west.
> There are 4 of suits in a
traditional western deck of cards - hearts, diamonds, clubs, and
> Most animals (mammals) have 4 legs.
> In cricket, 4 "runs" are awarded for batting the ball to the
field boundary (with it bouncing one or more times).
> Radio 4 is the main news, current affairs and drama radio service from the
BBC. It's origins go back to the beginning of the BBC in the mid
1920s when it was known as the National Service, and later, the Home
> Channel 4 is the fourth terrestrial television service in the UK.
It opened on 2 November 1982.
> Other words meaning 4 are quartet, foursome. The prefix quod means
4, eg quodbike (4 wheels).
Humans have 5 fingers on each hand
(including the thumb), and 5 toes on each foot.
There are 5
rings in the
representing the 5 continents of the world.
> "Chanel No 5" is a world-famous perfume, first introduced on 5/5/1921.
> In Rugby Union, 5
points are awarded for touching the ball down in the opposing team's
> Channel 5 is the fifth terrestrial
television service in the UK. It opened on 30 March 1997. It
was branded as "Five" between 2002 and February 2011, but
currently operates as Channel 5.
The number of legs on an insect.
The number of feet in a fathom.
The number of players that make a team
ball and ice hockey.
> The number of wives that King Henry VIII had.
> The number of faces on a cube.
> In cricket, 6 "runs" are awarded for batting the ball beyond
the field boundary without it touching the ground first.
> 6 Music is a digital-only radio service from the BBC.
> A Straight 6 is a six cylinder internal combustion engine with all six
cylinders mounted in a straight line in the engine block.
There are 7 days in a
There were 7 Wonders in the Ancient World.
The British 20 pence piece and 50 pence
piece both have 7 sides.
> 7 Up is a brand of lemon and lime flavored, fizzy soft drink.
The drink first appeared in 1929, and it contained lithium citrate, a mood-stabilizing drug, until
removed from the recipe in 1950.
7-Eleven is an international chain of convenience stores,
based in Dallas, Texas, USA. It operates franchises, and
currently licenses more than 58,000 stores in 17 countries.
Footballer, David Beckham wore the No 7 shirt for Manchester United and England.
Seven Sisters is an area of north London, and a railway station.
The name derives from 7 trees planted on Pages Green, originally in the
1300s, but replanted in 1886 and again in 1955.
The Austin 7 was a small car produced from 1922 to 1939 by the Austin
Motor Company. The name was revived in 1959 for the Austin version
of the Mini.
> "Being in seventh heaven" is a phrase that means
being in a state of extreme happiness. It is very similar to the
phrase "Being on cloud number nine".
Windows 7 is a Microsoft operating
system for PCs, laptops, netbooks and tablets, introduced in 2009.
The number of legs on a spider.
The number of tentacles on an octopus.
The number of pints in a gallon.
The number of notes in a musical octave.
The atomic number of oxygen.
The number of major planets in the Solar System - Mercury, Venus, Earth,
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. (Pluto
is now classified as a minor planet, along with four recently-discovered
8 is a lucky number in China. The 2008 Olympic Games in
Beijing, China, opened on 08/08/08 at 8:08:08 p.m. local time.
Windows 8 is a Microsoft operating system for PCs, laptops,
netbooks and tablets, introduced in 2012.
G8 (Group of Eight) is a forum of the world's eight wealthiest
nations. They are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK,
> Super 8 is is the world's largest budget hotel chain, with hotels in the United States, Canada and China.
> Super 8 film is a cine film format introduced in 1965 by Eastman Kodak, as an improvement
on the standard 8 mm home movie format. Now hardly used
domestically, it is still used to some extent by professionals.
The number of players that make a team
in rounders and baseball.
There are normally 9 pins in a game of skittles.
Cats have 9 lives (supposedly).
K-9 (canine) is often used for the identification of police dog units in the
K-9 is also the name of a robotic dog in the Dr Who television
"Love Potion No 9" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike
Stoller. It has been recorded by The Clovers, The Coasters, The
Searchers and many others.
> "On Cloud Number Nine" is an expression which
indicates that someone is in a state of happiness, elation or
bliss. The possible derivation is that a 19th century book
identified ten types of cloud. The the ninth cloud was defined as the cumulonimbus, which rises to 10 km (6.2 miles), the highest a cloud can be.
> "Cloud Number Nine" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams.
It was released in April 1999 as the third single from his 1998 album
"On a Day Like Today".
> "The Whole Nine Yards" is a colloquial American phrase meaning
everything or the whole lot. The origin of the phrase is unknown.