What’s in a number, anyway?

What's in a number?I am dedicating this blog post to the number 100, which is an interesting number in our world. It is often used as a benchmark, since 100% is considered a perfect score on tests, an IQ of 100 is considered normal for an adult, and being included in a “top 100” list might be considered a significant accomplishment.


People who live to be 100 years old (centenarians) are generally considered to have accomplished something significant. One hundred years is a century, which is a major demarcation point for many of us, and the Roman numeral “C” represents 100.


One hundred is also a nice round number. For money, 100 pennies equals one dollar. One hundred degrees Celsius is water’s boiling point. The decimal system is based on 100 (well, it is really based on 10, but 10 X 10 equals 100). In fact, the place value system was developed in India in 100 BC (of course, they didn’t know it was 100 BC at the time).


One hundred is a key number in sports, too. The 100-yard or 100-meter dash is a race that arguably determines the fastest human. The highest number of points ever scored in an NBA basketball game is 100 – by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.  And the world record for hula hooping is 100 hula hoops at one time by a girl from Australia in 2005.


Historically, 100 years ago, Britain, France and Russia began secret talks to divide the Ottoman Empire. And let’s not forget the 100 Years War between England and France that began in 1336.


Interestingly, the sum of the first nine prime numbers is 100 (there is probably a mathematical reason that’s the case). And scientifically, number 100 on the Periodic Table of Elements is fermium, a rare radioactive earth metal. One more scientific convention in the field of biology is that polypeptides of 100 or more amino acids are commonly called proteins.


While these facts all may be of interest, you might be asking – why the interest in the number 100? Well, I’ll tell you.


As part of DNASTAR’s evolving communication efforts, we began a blog as part of our website in September 2014, less than one year ago.  Last week, we published our 100th blog post. This tribute to the number 100 is my way of thanking you, our customers and friends, for your support of our blog and of our business. Without you, we’d have nothing to talk about. We are thankful for your ongoing support of everything we do and we look forward to continuing to serve you well for many years to come – maybe 100?


A few last odd facts about the number 100 – by the age of 66, most people will have shed 100 pounds of skin. The average hippo weighs 100 pounds at birth. And Eskimos have more than 100 words for ice.


I hope to write again, soon, maybe about the number 1,000!