Who would have thought this little blog would have made it? 10,000 episodes of people clicking and perusing my blog. I was excited when I reached 50 viewers…and I counted and obsessed over every click and comment that came my way…
But enough about me and my statistical obsession…the real enamor lies with you, dear reader – it’s all about you! 10,000+ readers! “10,000?,” you say…what’s the significance of 10,000? WELL, other than it being a number that has a square root of 100, there are a few other things about the number 10,000 that are significant:
10,000 Maniacs: There is nothing that I love more than some 1990’s jams. 10,000 Maniacs were around since the 1980’s but really didn’t hit the US charts until 1993. They grabbed my heart with their song, “Hey, Jack Kerouac” and their tribute to his free spirit.
10,000 Buddhas: Have you ever wondered what 10,000 buddhas look like all huddled together? There is a monastery in Hong Kong that can fulfill this answer. In 1951, Venerable Yuet Kai founded the Monastery and, despite his old age, carried the buildings materials personally from the foot of the mountain together with his disciples to build the monastery.
It took eight years to complete all the buildings and another ten years to finish the Buddha statues.
10,000 B.C.: I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting through this entire movie but suffice it to say that it is, hands down, the most historically inaccurate movie of all time. It’s not just the fact that pre-historic human beings had no ability to create buildings like PYRAMIDS in this time that makes the movie incredibly ridiculous…but English didn’t even exist. Tribes all had their own languages and none of them sounded remotely like English. Oh yea, and saber-toothed tigers were EXTINCT. My favorite depiction of this movie comes from BBC News: “Cheesier than a four-cheese pizza and marginally more accurate than the Flintstones,”-BBC film review, 2008
10,000 steps: In December, 2001, the U. S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher issued “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.” This report stated that Americans needed to get off their fat asses and add an ADDITIONAL 30 minutes to their physical activity per day. Someone, somewhere along the way, decided that this was equal to approximately 10,000 steps. How far is 10,000 steps, you ask? The average person’s stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles. So there you go, readers. New Year’s Resolution 2012. Get to steppin’.
10,000 Pennies: Ever wonder how the government justifies spending and cutting? This is a super cool site from a super cool math geek that is all about accuracy in political math…hmmm…accuracy…political math…sounds incompatible. My favorite is the visual representation of our country’s spending “deficit.”
10,000 WordPress Fans: That’s right. You made the list. You sassy, readers, you…Thanks for being my 10,000 loving fans.