The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 January 2008


This week's Carnival of the Vanities is dubbed "Picc" by Andrew Ian Dodge; he doesn't explain the title, but I hope he's not referring to one of these, which looks sort of painful.

Oh, about the number 265? It's what they call a Smith number: the sum of its digits is equal to the sum of the digits in its prime factorization. (It's 5 x 53; 5 + 5 + 3 = 2 + 6 +5.) I threw this in just so I could mention its origin:

Smith numbers were named by Albert Wilansky of Lehigh University for his brother-in-law Harold Smith whose phone number (4937775) was the first noticed Smith number.

On a landline, anyway, Mr Smith is probably a long-distance call away, and your long-distance carrier (and inevitably, you) will be paying a PICC.

Posted at 2:07 AM to Blogorrhea

A Picc line is what they use to give you chemo intervenously (sic). I am getting one put in today.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at 2:57 AM on 10 January 2008

Heavens. Let's hope it works properly — and swiftly.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:25 PM on 10 January 2008