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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

EurostarThe 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.

IE logoAged 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.

RainThe 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