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What a surprise
for her see-far eye

There, nestling in the branches
of her lilac tree,
she counted four and twenty
blackbirds (not baking in a pie)

But four and twenty
shaking wings
against a summer sky.

Grace Nichols

"I should", says the vampire, and glowers,
"Get a clock showing TWENTY-FOUR hours.
Now I've woken at noon
It's twelve hours too soon -
In the daylight I lose all my powers!"

A Stanton

Great Wall of ChinaThe Great Wall of China is 24 feet high.

24% of the Sun is helium.

The world is divided into 24 time zones.

The Atlantic accounts for 24% of the Earth's sea area.

1 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 24

There are 24 hours in a day.

BasketballIn professional basketball a team must shoot within 24 seconds of acquiring possession of the ball.

The total cost of the Apollo moon program was over $24 billion.

The Blackwall Tunnel in London has an internal diameter of 24 feet.

Brussels in Belgium hosts the world's largest cinema complex with 24 film theatres.

BackgammonThere are 24 triangular points on a backgammon board.

There are 24 different stories in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.