Today, March 14, is Pi Day (3.14), at least in countries that express dates in that order. Somewhere in the trillion digits of pi I’m pretty sure there’s a 23, which is my number of the day. Here are some 23-named brands … and some loosely related factoids.
Founded June 2012 in London, England.
Why “23snaps”? Here’s the official story:
Did you know that there are 23 pairs of chromosomes that carry all of the genetic information that makes your child the wonderful, unique person they grow to be? One chromosome, like one photograph, is just not enough to tell the whole story.
Founded April 2006 in Mountain View, California.
It also has changed its business model. In December 2013, in response to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter, 23andMe suspended its health testing. It now provides only “ancestry-related genetic reports.”
Why “23andMe”? Because “all of us have 23 pairs of chromosomes.”
Pier 23 Café is on San Francisco’s Embarcadero at, yes, Pier 23. Good food, good music.
Photo via A Tiger in the Kitchen.
“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23,” broadcast on ABC-TV in 2012 and 2013, originally bore an unbowdlerized title.
I’m guessing the b---- has 23 pairs of chromosomes.
The origin of “23 skidoo,” a phrase associated with the 1920s but in fact a couple of decades older, is shrouded in mystery. Barry Popik’s Big Apple blog discredits three popular theories; the World Wide Words discussion forum shreds seven. It is a dead certainty that the “23” has no relationship to human chromosomes, because their correct number wasn’t determined until 1956.
There is a vintage-clothing store called 23 Skidoo in Campbell, California (Santa Clara County).
Learn additional interesting facts about the number 23—the smallest prime number that isn’t a twin prime!—in my July 2007 post about 23andMe.