Number 26

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[Biology]  Most mammals’ spine has 26 small bones (vertebrae).


[Biology]  A human foot has 26 bones, a human spine has 26 bones, and a human hand has 27 bones.


[Biology]  Each human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons.


[Calendar]  The Boxing Day is on December 26 (or the first weekday after Christmas). It cannot be Sunday.


[Chemistry]  The atomic number of Iron (Fe).


[Game]  The number of movable smaller cubes of a Rubik’s cube; the very center cube is stationary.


[Game]  The number of suitcases in the TV show “Deal or No Deal”, in which a contestant picks a suitcase, then open batches of suitcases (6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, 1, 1…) before accept or deny the banker’s offer of different amounts of money to buy back the contestant’s chosen suitcase. The values in the suitcases range from 1 cent to 1 million dollars.


[History]  The total number of amendments in the U.S. Constitution. The last amendment, ratified on 30 June 1971, changed the voting age from 21 to 18 years old.


[History]  Michigan became the 26th state of the U.S. on 26 January 1837.


[History]  The 26th U.S. President: Theodore Roosevelt (Republican, New York, 1901-1909).

His Vice President, Charles Warren Fairbanks (Indiana, 1905-1909), was the 26th U.S. Vice President. There was no Vice President in the period 1901-1905.


[History]  The number of Popes who have been assassinated as of 01 January 2005.


[Language]  The number of letters in the several languages’ alphabet, such as: English/French/German/Italian: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.


[Math.]  263 = 17,576 = (1+7+5+7+6)3.


[Math.]  The only number lies between a square (52 = 25) and a cube (33 = 27).



13×93 = 1,209 = 31×39

26×93 = 2,418 = 62×39

13×62 =    806 = 31×26.


[Math.]  Zero-less pan-digital number factorization:

124,367,958 = 627´198354 = 9´26´531487.


[Math.]  The number of sporadic groups, i.e. the finite simple groups that do not fit into any of the four infinite families of finite simple groups (i.e., the cyclic groups of prime order, alternating groups of degree at least five, Lie-type Chevalley groups and Lie-type groups). The smallest sporadic group is the Mathieu group M11, which has order 7920 and the largest is the monster group, which has order



[Music]  The number of piano-style keys on a regular accordion. (As many as 34 keys).


[Sport]  The loft angle of iron golf clubs is increased by 4o from the vertical, from 2-iron to 9-iron; for pitching wedge is 52o and sand wedge 58o.

2-iron: 18o         3-iron: 22o     4-iron: 26o      5-iron: 30o

6-iron: 34o         7-iron: 38o     8-iron: 42o      9-iron: 46o.


[World]  The number of members of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, founded in 1949), as of 2004: 12 original members (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the U.S.) and 7 other countries since: Greece (1952), Turkey (1952), Germany (Federal Republic of Germany, 1995 and later as unified Germany, 1990), Spain (1982), Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic (1999) and Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia (2004). The next three nations, Albania, Croatia and Macedonia, are expected to join.



[Sport]  The distance (26 miles 385 yards) of the standardized marathon race in the 1924 Olympic Games (Paris, France), to be the length first run during the 1908 Olympic Games(London, England). It is not an even distance in either miles or kilometers (42.195 km).