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Published: 2nd December 2008 09:20

The Magic Number 24

Did you know?
There are 24 hours in every day
You have 24 ribs
There are 24 points on a backgammon board
There are 24 basic major and minor keys in Western music
24 carat gold is pure gold
A septillion has 24 zeros
24 is the smallest number to have eight "factors" (numbers it can be divided by). These are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 itself
A maximum of 24 horses are permitted to race in Australia's Melbourne Cup
There are 24 letters in the Greek alphabet.  The first is "Alpha", the second is "Beta" - which is where the word "alphabet" comes from.
When watching a film at the cinema, what you are actually seeing is 24 still pictures for every single second.
The highest honour you can receive from the Queen is to be made a Knight or a Lady Companion - there are never more than 24 Knight or Lady Companions.
Anyone who has read or seen the film of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy will know that 42 is a very important number and is 24 backwards!
Do you know any more facts that involve the number 24?  We would like to hear from you and will add to the list and include your name.
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