i have a new quest even though it’s more of a challenge. i started it January 1st, 2009. the quest is (as the title of this post states) 100 push-ups. it’s an idea i got from the CrossFit website – the 100 push-up challenge. that is on the first day, you do one push-up. on the second day, you do two push-ups… you do that for 100 days, each day adding one more push-up. i figured this would be a good reintroduction for me into the world of ‘lifting’ with my shoulder being still not at 100%. today, i did my 12 push-ups. and i’ve noticed me leaning more on my left arm the last couple days of my push-ups. with me being cognizant of it, i’m trying to stay balanced on both of my arms.

initially, i thought it would be cool to post this as 100! pushups… which, of course, would be wrong because i had to google 100!. and google’s fun calculator returned the value 9.33262154 × 10^{157}, which is big much bigger than i had thought… and that’s when i realized 100! is not 1+2+3+4…+99+100… it’s 1x2x3x4…x99x100. alas, the kewlness of the post’s title dropped 100! fold (ha).

all was not lost, however, as i clicked on the link in my search to find the pages of the google search term “100!” or google search “+100!”. and came across the wikipedia page for 100. and i got lost in how cool numbers are. for example:

One hundred is the square of 10 (in scientific notation it is written as 102). The standard SI prefix for a hundred is “hecto-“.

One hundred is the basis of percentages (literally “per hundred”), with 100% being a full amount.

It is the sum of the first nine prime numbers, as well as the sum of two prime numbers (47 + 53, 17 +83, 3 + 97, 41 + 59), and the sum of the cubes of the first four integers (100 = 13 + 23 + 33 + 43). Also, 26 + 62 = 100, thus 100 is a Leyland number.

One hundred is also an 18-gonal number. It is divisible by the number of primes below it, 25 in this case. But it can not be expressed as the difference between any integer and the total of coprimes below it, making it a noncototient. However, it can be expressed as a sum of some of its divisors, making it a semiperfect number.

100 is a Harshad number in base 10, and also in base 4, and in that base it is a self-descriptive number.

this may sound pretty geeky… but dude, numbers are awesomes

D is doing the hundredpushups.com challenge 🙂

Good luck!

I was doing that one too! something came up and i lost track of doing that, i think i stopped somewhere around week 4 or 5.

21 pushups today… and so far the shoulder is holding up fairly well.

Why don’t you just wear a pushup bra and then you’ll be pushed up every day? You don’t even have to count.

somehow, that’d require doing more laundry… and who wants more laundry? i’ll count the number of times i won’t have to wash a ‘manziere’ or a ‘bro’

A buddy of mine and I are inspired and taking the challenge on as well!! We will be done with 100 non-stop pushups on May 22nd. I also injured my right rotator cuff last year Feb and this will help increase strength over time! Thanks!! 🙂

@sonny: just did 42 yesterday… at the beginning of the challenge, there’s no way i would’ve been able to do 42 in one go at it.