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Old 02-11-2013, 10:04 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Has there ever been a thread here for miscellaneous historical oddities?

Here's one: What did Ivan Pavlov have in common with the Mexican metallurgist Manuel Del Rio, who discovered Vanadium?

They were both born and died in years that were perfect squares:
Del Rio born in 42^2 and died in 43^2, and Pavlov born in 43^2 and died in 44^2.

The next chance will be a person who was born in 1936 and dies in 2025. Robert Redford? Silvio Berlusconi? Kris Kristofferson? Mathematically, the age of such a square-to-square person will be the sum of the square roots. Pavlov died at the age of 43 + 44.

How fleeting is fame? It is easy to compile a list of 100 people with familiar names who born in 44^2, but the only names still remembered who were born in 41^2 are Vitus Bering and Georg Telemann. All the rest from their age cohort have slipped into absolute oblivion.

In case you're wondering, 2023 will be the first perfect cube year since 1536. So Redford, Berlusconi or Kristofferson have a shot at the extremely rare achievement of being born in a square and dying in a cube. Something that will not happen again until 2592

Last edited by jtur88; 02-11-2013 at 10:27 AM..
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