 # Letter: Pope John Paul II, by the numbers

May 18, 2020 marked the centennial birthday of Pope John Paul II, and I constructed the following birthday curiosities in his honor:

1. St. John Paul II died on the 92nd day of 2005 (2 April), 46 days before his 85th birthday. Interestingly, 92 is double 46.

2. Also, 85 reverse, namely 58, equals twice 29, the reverse of 92.

3. Furthermore, the sum of the squares of the digits of 92 yields 85.

4. The middle two digits of 1920, the birth year of John Paul II, is 92.

5. Moreover, he was born on 18/5: 4 x (18+5) = 92.

6. He became pope on 16/10/1978: 1978 – 1610 = 4 x 92.

7. Additionally, if 92 is split as 9 and 2, 9 x 2 = 18, 9 + 2 = 11, the 5th prime number, and 18 and 5 make 18/5.

8. Pope John Paul II turned 100 on 18/05/2020, 100 = 4 x 25, 4 + 25 = 29, the reverse of 92.

9. Further, positive square root of 100 is 10, the 10th prime number is 29, the reverse of 92.

10. Lastly, if 18/05/2020 is split as 1805 and 2020, 2020 – 1805 = 215, the reverse of 512, 512 = 2^9, and 2 and 9 are the digits of 92.

Happy centennial birthday, Pope John Paul II.

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