Snakes on a plane, it’s Frisk #102! And that’s a very important number in some parts of the world: it’s the number for the emergency services in Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, and India. And if the emergency you’re suffering is caused by prolonged exposure to the radioactive actinide nobelium, you can tell the operator that its atomic number is 102 as well. Possibly while listening to the song ‘One Hundred and Two’ by the extravagantly coiffed country music duo The Judds.
The second ad in McDonald's 'Good Times' campaign is called 'Fun', telling the story of a young boy whose quest for fun seems to be thwarted at every turn. Until he arrives at a certain golden-arched food outlet, that is...
Holy smoke, it’s Frisk #101! And it’s an ominous and foreboding number – Room 101 was, of course, a torture chamber in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (It’s also a creaky vehicle that’s keeping Frank Skinner on the telly.)
The number has come to denote something basic or a beginner’s level too, stemming from American university course numbering systems (Physics 101, Geology 101, etc). See? Every day’s a school day.
This month's issue of remarc - Arc's commentary roundup on the world of partnerships and suchlike - looks at the Women’s World Cup, Wimbledon, the Ashes, and various other topical things. Sport! http://joom.ag/bi5p
Well, would you look at that - it’s Frisk #100! And what are we doing to celebrate this momentous occasion? Er, well, nothing really. While it’s true that mankind is always thrilled to see a number followed by a string of zeroes, like when your car’s odometer flips over to 100,000 miles, there’s generally a slight sense of anti-climax afterwards. So let’s not draw attention to it, eh?
The 14th of July would have been Shafilea Ahmed’s 29th birthday. It’s a birthday she never lived to see as she was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of honour-based abuse, including an attempted forced marriage when her parents drugged her and flew her to Pakistan. Her parents eventually suffocated her in front of her siblings for daring to try and live a western lifestyle, bringing ‘shame’ on her family...
Even on a warm day, cold water shock can steal your breath, numb your limbs and leave you helpless. Even when the surface is calm, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer, and can drag you down and out to sea in a matter of seconds.
Around half of those who drown never even expected to enter the water, but did so because of slippery rocks, unstable ground or unexpected waves – people who were taking part in activities like walking, running, climbing and boating. So, how long can you hold your breath for...?
Snakes and ladders, it’s Frisk #099! And 99 is, of course, the sort of ice cream that you can’t buy for 99p any more. Not by a long shot. It’s also the number of problems that Jay-Z has which, to be honest, sounds like rather a lot. He really needs to get his act together.