1. The number 63 is ASCII for the question mark—the perfect symbol for how I go through life.
2. It's also the number of chromosomes found in the offspring of a donkey and a horse (both hinnies and mules).
4. It's also the sum of the powers of 2 from 0 to 5 (1+2+4+8+16+32).
5. I saw my first Common Yellowthroat on June 26, 1975—it was #63 on my lifelist.
6. Sixty-three is the minimum age for drinking plus the answer to life, the universe, and everything! Of course, when I've been drinking I always think I know the answers to life, the universe, and everything, but this year it's official.
7. Sixty-three is the number of years Ulysses S. Grant was on the planet.
9. The 63rd species on the official Checklist of the American Ornithologists' Union is the extinct Labrador Duck—sobering and sad, but a bit of trivia that gives me renewed energy to work to prevent more extinctions of wonderful birds.
|Labrador Duck in Philadelphia at the Museum of Natural History|
10. Sixty-three is my daughter Katie's favorite number, backwards.
|My daughter Katie in the late 90s|
11. Sixty-three is 111111 in binary. Pretty cool for someone born on 11/11!