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Twenty-Two Facts About The Number 22

As with all numbers, 22 is an amazing figure, there is a range of records, important figures and fascinating facts about this number!

Here we’re going to look at twenty-two facts about the number 22.

  1. The phrase “catch-22” comes from the 1961 novel of the same name by author Joseph Heller.
  2. The 22nd James Bond movie is Daniel Craig’s second Bond appearance; it is the shortest Bond film in the entire series with a run time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.
  3. The 22nd Summer Olympics were held in 1980 in previously Soviet Union Moscow, now Russia. These games had 203 events with 5179 athletes in total.
  4. 22 feet is the length of a regulation Shuffleboard table, a popular pastime for many, and the cause of more fights than you would expect.
  5. 22 is in the title of a track for many artists, including Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, Bon Iver, Deaf Havana and Jay-Z – whether as the full name or part of the track name.
  6. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet and during creation God created 22 things.
  7. Buddy Holly, Robert Wadlow and Terry Fox all died at the age of 22.
  8. The 22nd amendment was passed in 1947 limiting the time for a presidential term, if issued before 1933 would have stopped F.D. Roosevelt from serving his famous 4 terms.
  9. The 22nd state of the US was actually Alabama; they joined 32 years after the first, Delaware.
  10. The atomic number of titanium is 22.
  11. The average person takes 11 seconds to count to 22.
  12. In 2008, a world record was set for “the most people riding a skateboard” with 22 people appearing in a Weezer video.
  13. In 1922, BBC was founded and broadcast its first radio play; The Truth about Father Christmas.
  14. Brazil hosted the 22nd World Cup in 2014, during this event Tim Howard set a record for USA after making 15 saves in the quarter-final, more than ever before in a World Cup match.
  15. The Blockbuster 22 Jump Street was actually filmed on a real campus; Tulane University.
  16. John F Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd 1963. JFK was the 35th president and was shot at the age of 46.
  17. After Rio 2016, the USA secured a world record for “the most medals won by a country in a single discipline” after winning 22 in the men’s long jump.
  18. A million dollars in $100 bills would weigh almost around 22lbs (9.979kg).
  19. 22 minutes is actually the average runtime length of a 30 minute TV show.
  20. Gliese 22 is a staggering 22 light years away from our planet, it is a red dwarf star and has a surface temperature of 5,030°F (2,777°C), which is twice as hot as the temperature needed to melt steel.
  21. On the 22nd February 1922, the date read 2/22/22 and was the date Ulysses by James Joyce was published in Paris.
  22. An Australian study from 2011 discovered that the average person possibly loses 22 minutes from their lifespan for every hour they watched TV – due to the sedentary behaviour and health problems associated.

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Dan Lewis
Dan Lewis has worked in the tech sector for about 7 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.
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