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EIGHTY-FOUR

84 BC

Today
in the bookshop
on the shelf
is a book.
In the book
is a rude poem
about Julius Caesar.

It's a copy of a copy of a copy
of a copy of a copy of a copy
of a poem in a book
that was found
800 years ago
stuck under a barrel in Verona
in Italy.
And that book was a copy of a copy of a
    copy
of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy
of a book written
by someone born in 84 BC.

Michael Rosen

Oh, she for whom motherhood calls
The chance that it's twins is quite small:
One in EIGHTY-FOUR
Which is still rather more
Than her chance of quiet nights - none at all!

A Stanton

Lake NicaraguaLake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, reaches a depth of 84ft.

Ted Hughes became poet laureate in 1984 , taking over from John Betjeman.

PopeThe man who consented to the establishment of the Inquisition, Pope Sixtus IV was head of the catholic church from 1471 to his death in 1484 .

84% of the Phillipines' population are practicing Roman Catholics.

There are 84 Earth years in one Uranus year.

Novelist Helene Hanff wrote a book called 84 Charing Cross Road.

AustraliaThe goura or crowned pigeon of Australasia can grow as large as 84 cm.

84 is a tetrahedral number (the sum of the first seven triangular numbers): 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 = 84