Thursday, October 20, 2011

Be Prepared To Be Amazed !!

1776. A date known to everyone around the world and a few Americans too. A magical date.

But did you know it's also a magical number ? Ahhhhh, no, I bet you didn't. Well it is. It's magical in the sense that it's the only number with another number hidden within it. Ahh, got you interested now !

Take 1776 and divide it by the number of states beginning with M (8), add the number of Presidents (44), subtract the number of people who find Will Ferrell funny (246) and multiply by Paris Hilton's IQ (1) and you end up with......drum roll........20.

Today's date. Amazing eh.

You want more ? Ok. Today is a Thursday. Thursday 20th October. This only happens once every 823 years so put this as your status on Facebook and impress all your friends !

Go on, you know you want to.

Speaking of such things, I experienced a series of normally unrelated events over the last few days which combined in a bizarre way to create an interesting timeline.

First of all, on Monday I went through the checkout at Sainsburys and got a 36p voucher as they compare their prices against those at ASDA and said I'd effectively paid 'too much.' I went back into the store to spend it right away and the only item I could find at that price or less was a budget bag of own brand toffees.

Well I mean I wasn't going to add more money to it so you try finding something for 36p in a supermarket ! Even a bag of chips/crisps was 37p.

Next, on Tuesday evening, I opened the bag and had the first toffee. I chewed down and after a few seconds I 'hit' something solid. I took out the toffee and stuck to it was the gold crown of my bottom right molar. Opps.

Wondering why I wasn't getting excruciating toothache, I rang my dentist's office to get an emergency number but as it was after 8pm, I was pretty much on my own ! All I could get was the number for B&Q (US = Home Depot) with the recommendation to go get a set of pliers. Lush.

Spookily enough, I had scheduled my 6 monthly checkup appointment with my dentist at noon the next day so having put the crown into a tissue, I decided to wait. Thankfully I never did get any toothache but I didn't want to risk any so didn't eat or drink anything till that appointment as my tongue could feel a HUGE hole where the crown used to be.

(I did check the internet for dental gold prices and was shocked to discover that my 2g crown was only worth £38.86).

Thinking I was going to have injections and painful drilling at best, I went to see the dentist at noon yesterday. That's when I learned that there was a layer of solid dental 'concrete' in the tooth covering the nerves and so I was never in any danger of getting toothache. The gold crown then sat on top. So no injections. No drilling. The dentist simply checked things out and then plonked the crown back on top of the tooth, sealing it with some material that was hardened immediately with a lovely blue light. Sorted.

Best of all no new crown was needed. Despite being in a dental plan meaning I don't pay any extra for most procedures, a gold crown would've cost about £600 and I'd have had to pay about £125 of that. Ouch.

That could've been a very expensive toffee and considering I only got it as a 'freebee' from Sainsburys, then I'd have been very miffed if it had ended up costing me £125.

So there you have it. All that glisters may not be gold but it can be when it's stuck to a toffee.

Add that to the amazing info about 1776 and COULD this blog BE more educational ?

I don't think so.


Lisa said...

I had a crown pop off like that once when I was eating dinner. Same sort of situation.. they just reinstalled it.

Good thing you were able to find the crown.

Jennyta said...

Glad it turned out to be not too bad. Keith and I are off for our dental checkups on Monday - Keith with his arm twisted up his back, of course. :)

Helsie said...

Problem! It's Friday here so I can't dazzle my FB friends with my brilliant knowledge of strange facts about Thursday 20th !
A little consideration for those of us who are ahead of you timewise please. We want to appear smart on FB too !!!!

rhymeswithplague said...

Dear God! Six hundred pounds? For a gold crown? Unbelievable!

That said, I love today's post, Ian. And they say there's nothing to numerology. Bah! You have proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

And very educational. I learned about B&Q. But why didn't you say (US = Lowe's)? Or maybe Sebring doesn't have a Lowe's?

Silverback said...

Sebring has both, Bob. Classically across the road from each other. But I just picked one to let US readers know what that B&Q is a DIY store.

rhymeswithplague said...

I have been wondering which 246 people find Will Ferrell funny. Unfortunately, he has just been awarded something or other that is called America's highest honor in comedy. Maybe the Mark Twain Prize. I know. Unbelievable, isn't it?

Perhaps it has something to do with how many millions of dollars one's movies pull in.

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Hahahahahaha!! Funny!

What I want to know is this: How come, when your crown is worth £38, the dentist charges you £600 for a new one?

Actually, I suspect a lot of people want to know that.

Silverback said...

Probably the same as how the gold content of jewellery is worth a fraction of the price charged for the item of jewellery.

Also the dentist needs his/her ripoff, I mean, cut of the money.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Just found this blog and it makes my mouth water for retirement, travel and good friends. I'm going to add your blog to my blog, if that's okay?

Silverback said...

Course it is, Carolyn, and thank you for visiting. Hope your house building goes well.

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