# Count On

## Numberland

**SPELL TO HELP ONE WHO HATES MATHS**

You have a terrible reaction

to decimals and fractions.

The hypotenuse

leaves you even more obtuse.

You worry a great deal

about your brain-cells.

Repeat after me this spell:

By hook or by crook

by hex or by hexagon

by rote or by root

I will learn

how times tables turn

as well as the simple truth

that ten times three plus one

make most unequivocably 31.

Grace Nichols

Here's a little diversion for fun:

For those who are aged THIRTY-ONE

A billion seconds or so

Is the number you know,

From now to when you were begun

A Stanton

The Channel Tunnel is **31** miles long.

William M Harrison served **31** days in office before dying in office.

There are **31** letters in the Cyrillic alphabet (the Russian alphabet).

There are **31** days in January, March, May, July, August, October and December.

Aged **31** Bill Gates' share in Microsoft was valued at over $1 billion. This made him the youngest billionaire ever.

The Florida Keys consists of **31** islands stretching down from the south tip of Florida.

The average annual rainfall for England and Wales is **31** inches.

A breeze is defined as a wind speed up to **31** miles per hour (and above 4 miles per hour).

**31** is the sum of five powers of 2: 2 0 + 2 1 + 2 2 + 2 3 + 2 4 = **31**

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