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Magic 61 on gMail

Discussion in 'Google' started by sarahk, Aug 30, 2005.

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    A site I support is having huge server issues today and vBulletin is bombarding me with error emails. What's interesting is that gMail is grouping them together in batches of 61. The grouping I understand, and appreciate. The 61 puzzles me. Anyone know what makes it the magic number?
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    Infiniterb Well-Known Member

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    I believe that's the max amount of emails that can be in a conversation.
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Yeah, it is. But how did they arrive at 61? Why not 60, or 50. 61 seems odd.
     
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    The number of Googlers it takes to change a... nevermind.
     
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    It's the 18th 'Prime Number' (check the prime number list) This gives it special significance to engineers with in the Gmail development team, specifically J.A. Marinsky Jr. whose father was amongst the scientists who discovered and labeled the rare earth element "Promethium" in 1945. Significant because it resides in the Elemental table under the numaric indicator "61" indicating the number of protons contained withing its nucleus. The restriction to 61 emails per grouping represents a significant determination on the part of the developers to establish a correlation between their product - 'Gmail' and the namesake of the element with the same atomic numeric. Promethium was named, of course, after the Greek mythilogical Titan 'Prometheus' who as you may remember fought at Zeus's side in the revolt against the Titans. (oops...different titans)

    It seem that the bundling of the 61 emails per grouping is an reminder to Gmail users that developers abandoned the titans of corporate society years ago to fight at the side of a revolutionary new 'up and comer' who would now emerge victorious and establish a corporate foot print of its own. Imagine the 'Googleplex' as a sort of Mt' olympus.

    Or there could be an actual explaination out there that makes sence.... :D
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    If I ever need a PR guy to spin me away from trouble I'll call you Azakers, you're good!
     
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    I'll second that. :D
     
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    Yeah, what AZAkers said. :D
     
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    sorry to jack the thread Sarahk - I just hate it that no one had an answer, so I had to 'spin' that one up for ya.

    (btw guys - Thanks for the green reps :))
     
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    You deserve them mate, that was an awesome answer!
     
    sarahk, Aug 30, 2005 IP