Sunday, October 10, 2010

The All Ten Post

Happy 10/10/10, everybody! Some Ten-related items for you on this momentous day.

Powers of Ten - a classic!

Everything you could ever want to know about the U.S. dime (worth 10 cents, of course) is comprised of 91.67 percent copper and 8.33 percent nickel (before 1965, the dime was made out of silver). It also has a edge with 118 reeds, or ridges.

Decimation is generally used today to refer to utter destruction. Some of us trivia-hounds might even know it was a form of military discipline used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers, where every tenth man in the unit would be singled out for execution by his nine comrades, usually by stoning or clubbing. Surprisingly, it has even been employed in modern times as recently as World War I and World War II by Italian and Russian armies.

BTW, in full honesty, I woke up late and missed my golden opportunity to enter this at ten minutes after ten, but through the magic of, one can cover one's ass and change the time of the post to whatever one wants, so...

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