Fortean Mysteries SIG recent history issue 64 Newsletter of the Fortean Mysteries SIG of American Mensa
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"All things are possible ..." (Mt 19:26)
NEWIES
Here's some new ideas we've come across in, and come up with inspired by, our
readings recently:
alphamagic: [Lee Sallow] magic squares related alphanumerically so that the
number of letters in the numbers of one are the numbers in the other:
5 22 18
28 15 2
12 8 25
4 9 8
11 7 3
6 5 10
Beattilyformed numbers: transcendental numbers formed from unit positions of
Beatty sequences, the complimentary pair generated by rounded multiples of any
irrational number, k, between 1 and 2: [nk] and rounded multiples of it divided by itself minus one, [nk/(k1)], e.g., [no/] = 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, ... and
[no//(o/1)] = [no/2] = 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18, ..., giving the transcendentals:
.1368912467... and .24570358...
Bells: [Eric Temple Bell] integers which are coefficients of Maclaurin expansion of
(ee)x, most easily formed with Bell triangle by adding numbers to left and above the left:
1
1 2
2 3 5
5 7 10 15
15 20 27 37 52
52 67 87 114 151 203
every third Bell is even; they number the ways a number with distinct prime factors
can be factored and the rhyme schemes for poems
best number: ["T is ...": Aronsonians:: "B est ...":?] number generated by the Latin
sentence, "B est prima littera in hic sententiam.", i.e, only 1
evenlesses: number without 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8, e.g.,
evenless pi: 3.11595359793373339...
evenlyevenlesses: number without 2, 4 or 8; e.g.; 3.1159...
evenlyevenless pi: 3.11596535979336733...
five'ses: series generated Aronsonianlike by the sentence, "Five's the number of letters in the first word of this sentence, three in the second, six in the third, ...": 5, 3, 6, 2, 7, 2, 3, 5, 4, 2, ...
Folkman's number: [Jon Folkman in posthumous paper on graph theory] 2 squared 2209 times, over (10^10)^122
fourises: series generated Aronsonianlike by the sentence, "Four is the number of letters in the first word of this sentence, two in the second, three in the third, ...": 4, 2, 3, 6, 2, 7, 2, 3, 5, 4, 2, ...
fourlesses: number without 4, e.g., fourless pi, 3.11592658979326...
gammagon: [delta, hedron: deltahedron::gamma, gon:?] polygon make from gammalike right angles, not nesesarily the only ones, includes square, L trisquare, fat stellated pentagon, ...
Hakens: [Wolfgang Haken, who wondered if pi was one] numbers with perfect square rounded decimal multiple(s), such as 4, 3.6, 3.61, 3.24, 2.89, 2.56, 2.5, 2.25, 1.96, 1.69, 1.6, 1.44, 1.21 .81, .64, .49, etc.
luckylesses: number without 1, 3, 7, 9 (lucky digits), e.g., luckyless pi: 0.4526558323846...
nests: ["T is ...": Aronsonians:: "N est ...":?] numbers generated by the Latin
sentence, "N est prima quinta, octava, quarta decima ab ultimum, tertia decima, ...
littera in hic sententiam.", 1, 13, ... n13, n8, n5
nonsain'ts: number series complementary to sain'ts: 1, 9, 31, 36, ...
nugon: [delta, polyhedron: deltahedron::nu, polygon:?] polygon formed from nulike
zigzag with 2 45 degree angles, i.e., buzzsawlike
oddless pi: pi without 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9: 0.42688282462682028...
oneless pi: pi without 1: 3.45926535897932...
perfectlyformed number: number formed from unit digits of perfect numbers, which may be 0.6868... , transcendental if there is no odd perfect, 17/25, if not
pests: ["T is ...": Aronsonians:: "P est ...":?] number generated by the Latin
sentence, "P est prima, quinta, ... ab ultimum littera in hic sententiam.", 1, 5,...
phhi: [pi:phi::phi:?] f^2/p = .833346 ...
pfibonaccis: [portmanteau from "palindromic fibonaccis"] fibonacci numbers generated by f(n+2) = f(n+1) + f(n) where f(0) = f(1) = 1 and that read the same
forward and backward: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 55, ...
primeless pi: pi without 1, 3, 5 or 7: 0.42682846264820288...
Psmiths: [portmanteau from "palindromic Smiths", Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse] smith numbers, i.e, integers whose digits sum to the sum of their factors', and that reads the same forward and backward: 4, 55, ...
repunits: [Samuel Yates] integers with all ones, Rn = [10n/9]: 1; 11; 111; 1,111; ...
sixless pi: pi without sixes
sigmagon: [delta, polyhedron:deltahedron ::sigma, polygon] polygon formed from the sigmalike halfhourglass with 2 45degree and 1 90degree angles
Smiths: [from Harold Smith's phone number 4937775] integers whose digits sum to the sum of their factors': 4, 22, 27, 58, 85, ...
Smith brothers: consecutive Smiths: 728 and 729; 2,964 and 2,965; ...
tests: ["T is ...": Aronsonians:: "B est ...":?] number generated by the Latin
sentence, "T est prima, quarta, quarta decima, vicesima, ... vicesima, undevicesima, septima, quarta ab ultimum littera in hic sententiam.", 1, 4, 14, 20, ..., n20, n19,
n7, n4
unrationals: numbers able to transform a rational number into an irrational one or vice versa, such as, p/q  [(p/q)2]^(1/2)= 3/2  2^(1/2), 5/3  2^(1/2), 7/3  3^(1/2), 8/3  3^(1/2), 7/4  3^(1/2), 5/2  5^(1/2), ...; p^(1/2) [(pq^2)^(1/2)]/q = 2^(1/2)  4/3, 2^(1/2)  5/4, 3^(1/2)  3/2, 3^(1/2)  5/3, 5^(1/2)  11/5
BOOKS
In The Catalog of Lost Books by Tad Tuleja we've learned of:
the "aphoristicon" of manicurist Fon Ling with 1,048,576 nailclippings' readings, the inspiration for fortune cookies;
Ayuh Speaks by Jimmie Ray Coles, with messages from A.D. 2222, such as "Falling
in love is good; falling down stairs ain't."; \
Marcelino de Sautuola's translation of the first writing, Magdalenian cave
petroglyph at Altamira, telling of the execution of the first writers, analysed in
Glyphanalysis: Recent Fieldwork by Venus Willendorf;
How to Think Good by F. W. Wietz, transl. by Bubba Wilson, on his nonsystem of supraliminal intuitive reasoning;
My Wildest Trip wherein Martin M. Ballou describes the 7foottall hollow earth dwellers, the Skaelings;
Personality: The Metab Factor by Bernard Fresh which proposed classifying
people according to their MQ, metabolizing quotient, based on their high or low
reactivity and tolerance to stimuli;
The Flute Theif or Mesa Verde Codex which tells how Chingara stole men's sacred flute and played so sweetly all were transformed into People of the Air.
In Anguished English by Richard Lederer we learn of such fantastic news stories as:
"Police discover crack in Australia", "Tuna biting off Washington coast", "Traffic dead rise slowly", "Collegians are turning to vegetables", "Milk drinkers are turning to powder", "Caribean islands drift to left", "Local man has longest horns in Texas", "Dealers will hear car talk Friday noon", "Enraged cow injures farmer with ax", "Two Soviet ships collide, one dies"
ON TV
We see that "Strange Universe" is off the air here. The last show we saw did present the criticism of the alleged crop circle formation video.
Now however in addition to "Could It Be A Miracle" there's also "Miracles", but
like it sponsored by the socalled psychics. Their sources are as undiscriminating as
ours, including a redramatization of Rod Serling's in the 1961 "Twilight Zone" story, "A Hundred Yards over the Rim".

