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Numberland:

Back to number 48

Forty-nine

On to number 50

FORTY-NINE

Forty-nine is a sign
you're leaving the forties behind.
But in the game of cricket,
as in the game of life,
it can be a nerve-tingling time.
Only one more run
and you're halfway to a ton.

John Agard

Now Clementine, she had a dad
Who searched for gold till he went mad
The name of this miner
Was a FORTY-NINEr
And the whole song is terribly sad

A Stanton

The ColosseumThe Colosseum of Rome is 49 metres high.

The 49 ers were those who took part in the California gold rush, named after the year that most arrived.
'In a cavern, in a canyon,
Excavated for a mine,
Dwelt a miner, forty-niner,
And his daughter Clementine.'
Percy Montrose

The 49 degree line of latitude divides Canada and America.

The UK's two tallest lighthouses - Bishop Rock, Scilly Isles and Eddystone, English Channel - are both 49 metres high.

Niagra FallsCharles Blondin achieved fame by walking a tightrope at a height of 49 metres above the Niagra Falls. He later repeated the feat blindfolded, then pushing a wheelbarrow.

49 is a square: 7 x 7 = 49 . Put 48 in the middle of 49 to give 4489. This is also a square. Do it again to give 444889, which is also a square. Once more and yes, 44448889 is a square too.

The Californian condor is the largest bird of prey with a wing span of 49 inches.

Lasca is a kind of draughts game played on a 7 x 7 board with 49 squares.

BoxerThe lightest class of boxer is straw-weight, for boxers under 49 kilograms.

In world War II there were 49 countries allied against the Axis powers (Germany, Italy and Japan).

Footballer Bobby Charlton scored a record 49 goals in 106 appearances for England.