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Facts about the number 6

Dice have six sides.
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0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are the ten numbers that make up every other number! Six is the sixth number in the numeral system and half of twelve. Hence, a six pack of something is commonly referred to as a “half dozen.”

Six is a triangular number. The factors of six are one, two and three and, when added together, these factors make up a sum of six. Therefore, six is the first perfect number. One, two and three make six whether to add them or multiply them together! When it comes to shapes, an octahedron has six corners or vertices and a tetrahedron has six edges.

Carbon, the element that is present in all living matter, has the atomic number six. Sets of six can also form groups or describe things in a certain way. For instance, six musicians from a sextet and sextuplets are six children born together. Another “six” facts is that King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547) had six wives during his lifetime.

Below is a list of five things associated with the number six:

Six and Animals
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Six and Animals

A hexapod describes something that has six feet, like many insects do. For example, flies, moths, ants, beetles and wasps. These bugs are referred to as “six-legged arthropods.”

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Six and Games

Six can also play a role in board games. For example, on a normal six-sided playing dice, six is the highest number that can be rolled with a single dice and there are six murder suspects in a game of Clue.

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A hexagon is a shape with six sides. Hexagons are not as common as triangle or squares but they do appear in everyday life. Hexagonal structures are found in many natural things, such as the cells of a honey comb.

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Six is also very useful in some measurement systems. For instance, a “fathom” is a unit of length that is used mostly by sailors. There are six feet in a fathom which equals 1.8288 meters.

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Six can also be a very important number in the world of sports. For example, both volleyball and hockey are played with teams of six players. Furthermore, many sports jerseys let players choose their numbers and some consider six to be lucky.