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On to number 73


No princess now to slip her foot
into this empty shoe.

The sky a lowering washed-out grey,
no heavenly blue.

Roughly now I go about all things I used
to gently do.

The worst things that can happen come
eventually true.

I see the number rusting on her vacant

Carol Ann Duffy

In mathematics, "gross" doesn't mean "fat",
"Sick" or "vulgar", or any of that
It's not at all puzzlin'
A "gross" is twelve dozen
And SEVENTY-TWO's half of that

A Stanton

ArcherIn international archery competitions each competitor fires 72 arrows.

Louis XIV was the longest reigning French monarch. He came to the throne at the age of 5 and reigned for 72 years.

The Bayeux Tapestry consists of 72 separate scenes.

"His enemies shall lick the dust.": Psalms 72 :9

The British duodecillion is the number 1 followed by 72 zeros.

National Westminster TowerThe National Westminster Tower is built to resemble the bank's logo when seen from above. It was London's tallest building when built in 1974 at a cost of £72 million.

In World War I the Germans got within 72 kilometres of Paris.

Cricketer Brian Lara holds the record for the most number of boundaries in an innings with 72 at St John's in Antigua.

The Chiltern Hills in Southern England extend for 72 kilometres.

PregnancyThe 'morning after' pill can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

Half a gross is 72 (a gross being 144).

Pasteurized milk is heated to 72 degrees centigrade for 15 seconds to kill harmful bacteria.

The Cambodian alphabet is the longest with 72 letters.