It’s my 23rd birthday.
Twenty-three is a prime number. It’s the jersey number once (or currently!) sported by Carlos Peña, LeBron James, Don Mattingly, current Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, former Leafs coach Pat Quinn, Paul Reinhart, Adrian Gonzalez, Michael Jordan, and my man the Eliminator, Martin Gélinas.
Julius Caesar was stabbed twenty-three times. Human sex cells have 23 chromosomes. John Forbes Nash (who inspired A Beautiful Mind) was obsessed with the number 23, and in Star Wars: Episode IV, Luke, Han and Chewy sneak into detention block AA23 to rescue Princess Leia.
The 23 enigma “refers to the belief that most incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some modification of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23″.
There’s even a film called The Number 23.
Besides being the day after the Ides of March, March 16 is also the birthday of Bernardo Bertolucci, Nancy Wilson, Curtis Granderson, Brian Wilson (the baseball one), John Darnielle, and Flavor Flav. (I’m wearing my little clock necklace in tribute.)
On this day in 1926, Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass, and in 1995 Mississippi finally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment and became the last state to abolish slavery. (1995, guys. Official ratification was in 1865, two years before Canada became Canada).
22 was a pretty sweet year. Here’s to an even better one.
(thanks for all the cool trivia, Wikipedia)
Edit: My sister, ladies and gentlemen.