Wednesday, April 06, 2011

(lent) 16


the jersey number of Joe Montana, the most prolific quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, winning 4, for the San Francisco 49ers through out the 1980's.

ounces dry = one pound.

the atomic number of Sulfur, the smelliest of all the elements.

minimum age for being allowed an official Drivers License in the U.S. and Canada.

prominent birthday age, often referred to as 'Sweet Sixteen' (mostly among girls)

Candles. one of the first of many brat-pack movies. written by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, 16 Candles jump started a plethora of 1980's 'coming of age' movies starring young actors such as Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall, etc.

number of athletic teams from the University of Alabama currently on probation.

number of pawns in a chess set.

the last king of France, Louie the XVI (16th) who was beheaded via the guillotine during the French Revolution. Viva la France!

number of different personality types in the Myers-Briggs classification system. (i'm a borderline ISFJ/ESFJ)

16 mm film was originally an amateur movie format, but is now used by professionals. [view it here]

a slang term for a verse in a hip hop song, which are often written in sixteen bar stanzas.

In the story of the Sleeping Beauty (written by Charles Perrault in 1697), a spell is placed on the princess that when she reaches her 16th birthday, she will "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die".

verse in John chapter 3 (probably the most famous, most often quoted verses in the New Testament) which reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

16 is such a prominent number. for a teenager, it's a monumental year. for a hip hop artist, it's the measure of one's craft. for the king of France, it was his downfall. for Sleeping Beauty, her demise. for the Brat-Pack, it was the beginning of quintessential movies of a generation.

16. for mankind, it's the verse that brings hope to all mankind. love. sacrifice. belief. salvation. it's the verse of life for you and me and all the world.

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