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Numberland:

Back to number 27

Twenty-eight

On to number 29

TWENTY-EIGHT

After the iciness of January
she could hardly wait to see
the chilly back of February.

'Thank goodness only 28 days,'
See-Far Woman exclaims,
pulling her thoughts of spring
and summer, like a warm shawl
about her shoulders.

Grace Nichols

A "cubit" in old Pharoah's land
Was TWENTY-EIGHT "digits", and spanned
From elbow to finger
Does this measure linger?
No, it's too crude, it's been canned

A Stanton

DominoesThere are usually 28 tiles in a dominoes set.

28 is a perfect number because it is the sum of its divisors: 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = 28

Acturus is the fourth brightest star in the sky and is 28 times larger than the sun.

GulfThere were 28 countries in the Allied coalition in the Gulf War of 1991.

The total budget for American intelligence agencies in 1994 is estimated at $28 billion.

Clause 28 is the section of the Local Government Act 1988 that prevents local authorities from promoting homosexuality.

28 is a triangular number: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = 28

NautilusThe primitive marine mollusc the Nautilus has a coiled shell up to 28cm in diameter, just like its ancestors 450 million years ago.

There are 28 days in February (except in a leap year when there are 29).

Some cod can produce as many as 28 million eggs.

The menstrual cycle lasts for about 28 days.