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Fun Facts About The Number 40

Updated on March 5, 2012

It is the atomic number of Zirconium which is used primarily for nuclear energy applications, such as for cladding fuel rods.

The number 40 is mentioned nearly a 100 times in the bible with “rain fell for forty days and forty nights” during the great flood being one of the more widely known.

FD&C No. 40 is the most popular dye used in food, drugs, and cosmetics

According to the company that makes WD-40, it truly stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt

For nearly 1,000 miles, Interstate 40 follows the general route of the Beale Wagon Road which was constructed in 1857-9 using a team of camels as pack animals.

American Top 40 is a list of the top 40 songs in the nation each week that was created by Casey Kasem and others.

The 40 yard dash is used by NFL teams to evaluate the speed of prospective draftees.

Fahrenheit and Celsius are equivalent only at -40 degrees

40 winks is an informal way to describe a short nap

According to research, the typical first-time entrepreneur is on average 40 years old

South Dakota was the 40th state admitted to the union

Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order

Federalist Paper No. 40 was written by James Madison who examined the authority of the Constitutional Convention that produced the Constitution.


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