Happy halloween!  If I was organised I’d have a spooktastic set of randomness for you today, but, err, I was working all weekend, so no dice ;o)

1. Now how long do you reckon your bathroom suite will last for?  A few years?  Possibly a few decades?  Well how about some Roman baths still being used in Khenchela, Algeria, which are still in use after over 2,000 years?  I do hope they’ve at least changed the bathwater in that time…

2. Speaking of random historic related things, but going in the opposite direction, did you know that the Futurama series has the number 1729 hidden in a number of episodes?  This totally appealed to my inner maths geek as it is in memory of a little known mathematical genius from a remote area of India, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who taught himself pure maths from a library book, and started coming up with theories that had the academic at Cambridge, who finally received them, mesmerised.  They worked together for a few years, until Ramanujan’s untimely death at the age of 32 from TB.  Hardy recalled, in his memoirs “I remember once going to see him when he was lying ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one and that I hoped it was not an unfavourable omen. ‘No,’ he replied. ‘It is a very interesting number. It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.'”  Your homework for this week is to create a quilt with 1729 squares in it… ;o)

3. From one futuristic thing to another, did you know that the Isle of Skye has been twinned with ‘Skylands’ from the Skylanders video game?  Well I suppose if Boring and Dull can be twinned, there’s nothing to stop you reaching out to a virtual world for a partner!  I can totally spot the resemblance…

4. So how many of you are currently on a diet to try and fit into a nice party frock at Christmas then?  I’m sure I’m not the only one ;o)  Anyway, apparently if I spend 3 hours a day on my feet rather than plonked on my arse at my desk, then I could live 2 years longer.  Hmm, not sure I can persuade HR that they need to give me 2 different height desks…

5. Finally, a payout on one those bets that you’re baffled that people even make has paid off for Peter Edwards, who netted £125,000 when his grandson became the youngest footballer to play for Wales at a senior level recently.  I wonder how many other grandfathers are currently shepherding little tots round the garden with a football, then legging it down to William Hill’s…

Linking up to my fellow Randomeers:

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