Numbers 1000 & Higher

Compiled by Peter Y. Chou,


Epigraphs from Tu Fu (712-770):
"True literature lasts a thousand ages." (767 A.D) from Title page
"A fame that is to last thousands of years
will rise after an unappreciated life is past."
from Epilogue
Tu Fu (712-770) William Hung, Tu Fu: China's Greatest Poet
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1952, title page & p. 281

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 1000 sparkling lights:
On the road to Vincennes Rousseau noticed an announcement in which the Dijon Academy was offering a prize for the best essay on the subject 'Has the progress of the arts and sciences contributed to the purification or the corruption of morals?" "All at once," Rousseu wrote, "I felt myself dazzled by a thousand sparkling lights; crowds of vivid ideas thronged into my head with a force and confusion that threw me into unspeakable agitation; I felt my head whirling in a giddiness like that of intoxication. Rousseau won at the age of 38 the prize for his essay "Discours sur les sciences et les arts", and gained fame.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 1000 reveries:
His sojourn on the St. Pierre Island brought Rousseau a great deal of serenity
. His greatest pleasure were the excursions on the water. In his fifth "Reverie",
he describes one of these: "... all on my own I would step into a small boat,
which I conducted to the centre of the Lake, when the water was calm, and
lay down, stretching myself out, observing the sky, then let myself drift
wherever the waters might carry me, sometimes for hours on end,
immersed in a thousand reveries, of a vague but delicious nature...".

Ralph Waldo Emerson's "1000 silences" from his poem "Merops" (1847):

What care I, so they stand the same,„
Things of the heavenly mind,„
How long the power to give them name
Tarries yet behind?

Thus far to-day your favors reach,
O fair, appeasing presences!
Ye taught my lips a single speech,
And a thousand silences.

Space grants beyond his fated road
No inch to the god of day;
And copious language still bestowed
One word, no more, to say.

Franz Marc's 1000 rings:
"I saw the image which breaks up in the eyes of the water-hen when it submerges itself: the thousand rings that surround each little life, the blue of the whispering skies that the lake drinks, the ecstatic emergence into another place."
Franz Marc (1880-1916), I cento aforismi, Ed. G. Franck, Milan, 1982, p. 79
(Quoted by Massimo Cacciari, The Necessary Angel, 1994, pp. 92-93)

Kenneth Koch's One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays (Knopf, 1988)
contains 112 brilliant short dramas, splendid miniatures
full of charm, wit, and satire.
(Koch Tribute; Koch postcard, 10/12/2001)

U.S. $1000 bill shows the portrait of Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th U.S. President. These were printed in 1928 & 1934. All high-denomination bills were discontinued in July 1969, and taken out of circulation. Photo of very fine copy is sold for $4990. Only 165,372 in existence.


10:01 is a novel by Lance Olsen published by Chiasmus Press, Portland (2005).
The setting is at an I-Max theater in the Mall of American, Bloomington, MN.
The random thoughts and fantasies of the movie audience is projected on screen
as the clock ticks the time digitally on the page. Online text of 10:01


Elvis Presley stayed in Suite 1016 at Hollywood's The Knickerbocker Hotel
while he was shooting the film Love Me Tender (1956).
He also posed for Heartbreak Hotel photos in one of its rooms.


Shortfin Mako Shark weighing 1098 pounds is the largest catch
off California coast on 1-24-2010 at Anacapa Island. It can reach
a size of 13 feet in length. Lifespan of 30 years. In December 1998,
a tagged female shark swam over 1,725 miles. See "Big Fish"
(By Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021, B22).


Queen Mary 2 the 1,132-foot-long Cunarder is due to arrive in New York
on Thursday, has 17 decks, 14 bars and clubs, 6 restaurants, 5 outdoor pools
and a planetarium. Being the longest cruise ship in the world— 86 feet longer
than the Chrysler Building is tall. Queen Mary 2 is also the most expensive
ship in the world, both to build and to board. It cost $800 million, and
accommodations range from $1,869 for a cabin to $27,499 for what the
Cunard Line calls a "grand duplex." (NY Times, 4-18-2004)


Mako Shark weighing 1221 pounds is the
10th largest catch in the world on 7-21-2001
by Captain Chris Peters off Chatham,
Massachusetts, after a wild 3 hour battle.
"Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


Captain Bucky Dennis, a fishing guide in Port Charlotte, caught
the 1,280-pound, 14.5-foot hammerhead shark over nearly six hours Tuesday, May 23, 2006. The shark dragged his 23-foot skiff about 12 miles out to sea. It grabbed his bait, a hefty stingray, around noon in Boca Grande Pass, famous for tarpon fishing.
The largest hammerhead on record was a 991-pounder caught off Sarasota in 1982.
(NY Times, 5-27-2006). "Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021) lists this as the 9th largest catch in the world.


Sixgill Shark weighing 1298 pounds is the
8th largest catch in the world on 11-21-2002
by Clemens Rump off Ascension Island in the
Atlantic Ocean near the U.K. Length was 16 feet.
"Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


With his 1326th appearance at shortstop on June 8, 2021,
Brandon Crawford will pass former New York Giants infielder
and Hall of Famer Travis Jackson to top a list of players
Crawford has long admired. With three Gold Glove Awards,
two All-Star nods and a pair of World Series rings, Brandon Crawford was already the greatest Giants shortstop ever.
(Mercury News, 6-8-2021) . Photo: Crawford tips his cap
after being recognized in the first inning of the team's
baseball game against Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.


1,347-foot Valencia Peak in Montana De Oro State Park in Los Osos, CA 93402 (Photos)


1359 sexy-at-any-size looks featured in the October 2004 issue of
Glamour magazine with Geri Halliwell on the cover.


Pacific Blue Marlin weighing 1376 pounds is
the 7th largest catch in the world on 5-31-1982
by Jay de Beaubien at Kaaiwai Point, Kona,
Hawaii. Its length was 193 inches (16.1 feet).
"Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


Atlantic Blue Marlin weighing 1402 pounds is
the 6th largest catch in the world on 2-29-1992 by Paulo Amorim at Vitoria, Brazil. Its length was
162 inches (13.5 feet). See "Big Fish"
(By Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


Bluefin Tuna weighing 1496 pounds is the 5th largest catch in the world on 10-26-1979 by Ken Fraser in Aulds Cove Nova Scotia. Fraser hooked up with his incredible bluefin while trolling a mackerel behind his boat. Took 45 minutes to haul it in.
See "Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


Black Marlin weighing 1560 pounds is the 4th largest catch in the world on 8-4-1953 taken on mackerel bait off Cabo Blanco, Peru. Maximum length of 4.65 m
(15.3 ft). More solid than their blue counterparts.
"Big Fish" (Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021).


Taipei 101 with a 101-story tower and 1667-foot-high,
becomes the tallest building in the world in December 2004.


Darko Baksic, the Croatian expedition leader found the world's deepest hole,
a 1693-foot pit at back of a dark cave in Velebit mountains, southwest of Zagreb.


Greenland Shark weighing 1708 pounds is the 3rd largest catch in the world on 10-18-1987 taken on a herring bait off Trondheimsfjord, Norway. 400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal.
See "Big Fish" (Mercury News, 7-18-2021, B22).


The Knickerbocker Hotel is located at 1714 North Ivar Avenue, Hollywood, CA.
Now, it's just an apartment house for senior citizens, but back in the 1920's,
the Knickerbocker Hotel was at the heart of Hollywood. Former guests included
Rudolph Valentino, Harry Houdini, Elvis Presley, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe.


Srinivasa Ramanujan story:
In 1917, a great mathematical genius, Ramanujan, lay ill in a London hospital.
His friend, G.H. Hardy, came to visit, and said that his taxi number was dull.
"No," Ramanujan replied, "it's an interesting number; it is the smallest number
expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways."
(1729 = 13 +123 = 93 +103 = 1 + 1728 = 729 + 1000)


Sharks' Patrick Marleau Passes Gordie Howe for Most NHL Games Played
(Against the Vegas Golden Knights was the 1,768th game of his career,
which passed the legendary Gordie Howe's mark of 1,767.)
(By Scott Polacek, Bleacher Report, 4-19-2021)


Tiger Shark weighing 1785 pounds is the 2nd largest catch
in the world
on 3-4-2004 off Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia. Travel over 4,660 miles, round-trip, each year between coral reefs of Caribbean & open waters of mid-North Atlantic. "Big Fish" (Mercury News, 7-18-2021, B22).


SN 1987Awas a supernova in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy. It occurred approximately 51.4 kiloparsecs from Earth, close enough that it was visible to the naked eye in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. As the first supernova discovered in 1987, it was labeled "1987A". Since 51.4 kiloparsecs is approximately 168,000 light-years, the cosmic event itself happened approximately 168,000 years prior to its observation in 1987. (Supernova Shock Wave)


George Yardley scored a NBA league-record 2001 points, averaging 27.8 points
a game, in 1957-58, the season the Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit.
Previous record: 1932 points by Minneapolis Lakers George Mikan (1950-51).
(Yardley Obituary, NY Times, August 16, 2004)

2001 Einstein is an asteroid discovered on March 5, 1973.
It is named in honor of the physicist Albert Einstein.
Arthur C. Clarke joked in the postscript of his novel
3001: The Final Odyssey that he was hoping
asteroid 2001 would be named after him, and was
slightly miffed that Einstein got there first.


2080 pounds is the weight of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia's Independence Mall.


The 2,500-year-old Greek vase, known as a krater, was painted by Euphronios. Reversing a position it has held for more than 30 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art said that it would relinquish the Greek vase, considered one of the world's finest, to Italy. (NY Times, Feb. 3, 2006)


Great White Shark weighing 2664 pounds is the largest catch
in the world
on 4-21-1959 by Alf Dean off the coast around Ceduna, Australia. It was 16' 10" in length. He reeled it in only 50 minutes on 130-pound line. See "Big Fish"
(By Kurt Snibbe, Mercury News, 7-18-2021, B22).


2752 is the latest tally of the dead at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.


Steph Curry becomes third player in NBA history to make 2,500 career 3-pointers
(With a triple in first quarter against the Bulls, Golden State's point guard became
third player in NBA history to reach 2,500 made 3-pointers in his career. Top Career
: Ray Allen 2973, Reggie Miller 2560, Steph Curry 2504, Kyle Korver 2450)
(By Tommy Call III, Yahoo News, 12-27-2020)


Stephen Curry's 2974 Three-Pointers broke NBA's all-time career 3-point shooting mark. Ray Allen (2,973 three-pointers), had mark since 2011, when he took the throne from Miller (2,560) to form top three long-distance scorers along with Curry, who took record away from Allen in the first quarter against the New York Knicks.
Bleacher Report (12-15-2021);
NY Times (12-14-2021)


Prince took over a club in Las Vegas and renamed it 3121, after his 2006 album 3121, which briefly hit No. 1 and spawned multiple conflicting theories about the significance of the number. He played at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood for a few hundred people paying $3,121 per couple. On July 7, 2007 Prince introduced a perfume, 3121, by performing at Macy's in Minneapolis. On Aug. 1, 2007, he starts a string of no fewer than 21 sold-out arena concerts, 20,000 seats each, at the O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London at the relatively low ticket price of £31.21, about $64. (NY Times, 7-22-2007) The title of the album 3121 was believed to be a reference to the address of Prince's rented LA mansion. A lawsuit filed against Prince by the landlord (NBA player Carlos Boozer) indicates a different address (1235 Sierra Alta Way). However, Prince has repeatedly referred to the property as "3121". The lawsuit alleges he painted 3121 on the property's exterior, and the album's liner notes indicate that it was "recorded at Paisley Park Studios & 3121." The official home of Prince & the NPG is


There are 3800 species of frogs and toads currently believed to inhabit the earth.
(NY Times, 6-29-2004)


The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is so long— 4,260 feet— that the towers are a few inches out of parallel to accommodate the curvature of the earth.


The Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland) at 4478 meters (14,691 feet) is one of the most popular mountain in the alps (360o Zoom-In & Zoom-out photos.


Oldest in the World: Dr. Edmund Schulman, discovered Methuselah,
a Bristlecone Pine in 1957 and estimated its age at about 4,600 years.
The current Forest Service estimate is 4,733 years.


U.S. $5000 bill was issued to finance the Revolutionary War and printed when the Civil War began. The bill shows a portrait of James Madison. President Nixon ordered them recalled in 1969 due to fear of criminals using them for money laundering. Uncirculated copy on sale for $200,000. Only 400 exist.


There are 5280 feet in a mile.
Denver: Mile High City
Fifty Two Eighty (5280): Denver's Mile High Magazine
5280: The Magazine Denver Lives By


There are 6374.6 miles of streets in New York City.


The bald eagle has 7,192 feathers.


In November 1992, Seagate Technology introduces the first 7200 RPM disk drive.


Normandy American Cemetery has 9387 headstones marking the resting places
of American troops who died in D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944 and its aftermath.



I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed— and gazed— but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

U.S. $10000 bill was issued 1918, showing Salmon P. Chase. He was
a governor of, and senator from, Ohio, served as Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln and became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Extremely fine copy on sale for $495,000.
Only a few hundred exist.


The zip code 10021 in New York City's Upper East Side
will shrink to about 40% of its original size and run from the north side
of East 69th Street to the south side of East 76th. (NY Times, March 21, 2007)


10048 was the World Trade Center's ZIP code in New York City.


Steinway concert grand No. K0862 has 12000 parts.


Mount Fuji (Japan) at 12,388 feet (3776 meters) is the tallest mountain in Japan (National Geographic).


Number of births in the United States during 2003:
Sundays 7,563; Mondays 11,733; Tuesdays 13,001; Wednesdays, 12,598;
Thursdays, 12,514; Fridays, 12,396; and Saturdays 8,605.
(NY Times, Jan. 10, 2006)


The Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland) at 14,691 feet (4478 meters)
is one of the most popular mountain in the alps.


The Selfridges store in Birmingham, UK has 15,000 reflective aluminum discs
on a sheer cobalt blue skin.


Mount Blanc (France, Switzerland) at 15,771 feet (4807 meters) is the tallest mountain in France.


The Hindu deity Krishna married 16,108 wives, but Radha is considered his One True Love. (NY Times, Oct. 3, 2004)


Archimedes of Syracuse (287 BC - 212 BC) wrote a treatise called The Stomachion
and showed that there are 17,152 ways to put together 14 irregular strips to make
a square
. (New York Times, 12-14-2003)


Steph Curry gets the record, passes Wilt Chamberlain, with 53-point performance
(Stephen Curry has surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as Golden State Warriors' all-time
leading scorer. Chamberlain, who last played for Warriors in 1965, finished his six-
year stint with 17,783 points and has been the franchise leader in career points scored for 56 years.) (By Wes Golberg, Mercury News, 4-13-2021, C1, C4)


Mount Elbrus (Russia) at 18,511 feet (5642 meters) is tallest mountain in Europe.


After 26,389 Miles, Steve Fossett Sets Nonstop Flight Mark in 76 hours.
(NY Times, Feb. 12, 2006)


Human genome was found to have 26,588 genes: Analysis of the genome sequence revealed 26,588 protein-encoding transcripts for which there was strong corroborating evidence and an additional approximately 12,000 computationally derived genes with mouse matches or other weak supporting evidence.
( JC Venter, et. al., Science. 2001 Feb 16;291(5507):1304-51)


K2 (Pakistan, China) at 28,251 feet (8611 meters)
is the second tallest mountain in the world.


Mount Everest (Nepal, China) at 29,028 feet (8848 meters)
is the tallest mountain in the world.


Mount Everest (Nepal, China) at 29,031.7 feet (8,848.86 meters)
is the tallest mountain in the world.
(NY Times, 12-8-2020)


U.S. $100,000 bill— Featuring a portrait of Woodrow Wilson, the $100,000 note was actually a gold certificate that was never circulated or issued for public use. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing created them during the Great Depression in 1934, for conducting official transactions between Federal Reserve banks. Only 42,000 of the $100,000 bills were ever printed.


A record attendance of 120,139 people showed up (6-5-2004) at the 136th Belmont Stakes to witness Smarty Jones become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
But he lost by a length to Birdstone whose odds was 36-1.


A baseball signed by New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe sold for $191,200 in a sports memorabilia auction (May 5, 2006), Heritage Auction Galleries. DiMaggio and Monroe autographed the ball during the Yankees' 1961 spring training in Florida when they were trying to reconcile after divorcing. [Lot #19023] (NY Times, May 7, 2006)


Number of births in the United States: 2002: August 359,000; July 358,000
2003: July 364,226; August 360,103; September 359,644; February 307,248
Thursdays, 12,514; Fridays, 12,396; and Saturdays 8,605.
(NY Times, Jan. 10, 2006)


Why is this glorious creature to be found
One only in ten thousand? What one is,
Why may not millions be? What bars are thrown
By Nature in the way of such a hope?
William Wordsworth, The Prelude, XIII.87-90
Quoted by Emerson, Journals, July 30, 1866


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture reported, during the holiday
season between Thanksgiving & Christmas last year (2018), 34 million poinsettia plants were sold in the U.S. 2018 Top Sales States: California 7 million, North Carolina 3.8 million, Michigan 2.7 million, N.Y. 2.7 million, Pennsylvania 2.5 million, Ohio 2.3 million, Florida
2.2 million, Virginia 2.2 million. Joel Poinsett, 1st U.S. ambassador to Mexico in 1828, introduced plant to U.S. Poinsettia named after him by European botanical society.
(By Kurt Snibee, Mercury News, 12-1-2019, B19)


Astronomical Unit (AU) is a unit of length, roughly the distance from Earth
to the Sun. That distance varies as Earth orbits the Sun, from a maximum (aphelion) to a minimum (perihelion) and back again once a year. Originally conceived as the average of Earth's aphelion and perihelion, since 2012 it has
been defined as exactly 149597870700 metres or about 150 million kilometres
(93 million miles). AU is used primarily for measuring distances within the
Solar System or around other stars.


Alberto Giacometti's sculpture Walking Man I (1961) sold for
world record price $104,300,000 for an artwork at Sotheby's
Auction in London (February 3, 2010). Previous record was
$104.1 million, for a 1905 Pablo Picasso's Boy With a Pipe, at
Sotheby's in New York in 2004. Giacometti made 6 editions.
(By Carol Vogel, New York Times, February 3, 2010)
Giacometti's Walking Man appears on the reverse of the
100 Swiss Francs banknote issued in 1996. (Poem & Notes)


Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi (1500) sold for
world record price $450,300,000 for an artwork at Christie's
Auction in New York (November 15, 2017). Previous record
was Interchange (1955) by Willem de Kooning. It was sold by the
David Geffen Foundation to Kenneth C. Griffin. for $300 million.
Mystery Buyer of $450 Million 'Salvator Mundi' Was a Saudi Prince" (By David D. Kirkpatrick, NY Times, 12-6-2017); "The Invention of the 'Salvator Mundi' Or, How to Turn a $1,000 Art-Auction Pickup Into a $450 Million Masterpiece" (By Matthew Shaer, 4-14-2019); "The Last Leonardo by Ben Lewis review Š secrets of the worldÕs most expensive painting" (By Charles Nicholl, The Guardian, 4-17-2019).


What is unique about this 8 billion+ number?
It comprises all the digits from zero through nine in alphabetical order.
— Ask Marilyn, Parade, December 30, 2018, p. 11

37 billion

Acres of land on earth = 37 billion

100 billion

All the people who ever lived = 100 billion

150 billion

Number of pennies in use = 150 billion

400 billion

Number of stars in the Milky Way = 400 billion

635 billion

Possible hands for one Bridge player = 635 billion

2.77 trillion

President George W. Bush's budget proposal = $2.77 trillion

43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (43 quintillion)

Rubik's Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented by Ernö Rubik in 1974. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide, making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. Book Cubed published (9-15-2020). World Cube Association founded in 2004 to sponsor worldwide competition in Cube-solvings. Yusheng Du of China set the world record of 3.47 seconds in 2018. NY Times, 9-16-2020.
(YouTube: Du Yusheng Record in 3.47 seconds; Analysis)

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