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~ Monday, June 23, 2003
10,000 MANIA

The VitQ counter just went past 10,000 hits since it was added in late February. Here's some 10k trivia to celebrate:

1 The 10,000th prime number is 104,279.
2 The band 10,000 Maniacs adapted their name from the B-movie 2,000 Maniacs. Their best album is The Wishing Chair, though In My Tribe is good too. And Blind Man's Zoo contains 'Headstrong', perhaps their best song.
3 10,000 is the name of both a card game and a dice game.
4 Alaska contains the volcanic area known as the Valley of 10,000 Smokes while, down South, Florida has the 10,000 Islands, mangrove islets in the Everglades region.
5 'One picture is worth ten thousand words' wrote mathematician Frederick Barnard in the 1920s (paraphrasing a Chinese proverb - the Chinese are keen on images including ten thousand). The exchange rate of this expression has decreased by 90% over time.
6 The Italian film 10,000 Dollars Blood Money is set in America. The American film Ten Thousand Bedrooms is set in Italy.
7 £10,000 is the average student debt of a British graduate
8 In 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', Bob Dylan 'saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken' and much later he recorded a song called '10,000 Men'.
9 A popular number with musicians, there are also songs called '10,000 Cattle' (Slim Critchlow'), '10,000 Sheep' (Sorma), '10,000 Dogs' (Jacques) and '10,000 Horses' (Candlebox). French noodleurs Air made a record called 10,000 MHz Legend.
10 Basketball star Kobe Bryant, 24, became the youngest player to reach 10,000 career points earlier this year.
11 The Danish scientist and philosopher Piet Hein, known for many inventions and theories, also wrote ten thousand short, pithy poems, which he called 'grooks'.
12 Do you need a name for your rock'n'roll band? Here is a list of 10,000 computer generated ones for you to choose from. Inevitably, the computer has chosen some that are already taken, such as Pulp, Hole and Palace, but how about Stairwell Chili, Braes Hedgehog, Snake Pong, Beret Quiz and my favourite, Reservoir Near Goal.

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