I have somewhere a book "A Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers". The entry for 39 says that 39 appears to be the first uninteresting number, which of course makes it especially interesting because it is the smallest number with the property of being uninteresting. On that basis, maybe 43 is the actual smallest uninteresting number?
Looks like 41 is a prime number too. Yay for us.
Why is 39 uninteresting? It can be divided three times by 13, which makes the saying 'bad things come in threes' true to form.
A lot of people take an interest in 39 being the obvious 1 before the "dreaded" 40.
tRicky - I agree - I think 39 is interesting. And jennycass as i promised burpees for your birthday - I'll do them after tea... quite a while after.
Gift tally is now at: one coffee from a colleague, 43 burpees and an IOU for 'a better day another day' from Geoff. He didn't know that by this he was signing up to take my parents (yes, the ones who forgot my birthday) with us on a road trip this weekend...
You could try my sister's tactic. She lets everyone individually know what she'd like from them for her birthday, often buying the things herself (claiming its easier that way). As a result she always gets what she wants.
I agree there is merit and clear results in being explicit