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Forty Six


Straight from Wikipedia:

46 (forty-six) is the natural number following 45 and preceding 47.

In mathematics

Forty-six is a Wedderburn-Etherington number, an enneagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is the sum of the totient function for the first twelve integers. 46 is the largest even integer that can’t be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers.

46 is the 16th semiprime. 46 is the third semiprime with a semiprime aliquot sum. The aliquot sequence of 46 is (46,26,16,15,9,4,3,1,0).

Since it is possible to find sequences of 46 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 46 is an Erd?s?Woods number.

In science

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APN buys 100% WOBH, Appoints Slater as New Media Editor


– APN to move to full ownership of WOBH for $4.273 million
– Purchase price represents an a random number dreamed up by all concerned.
– APN confident in new media as a growth medium and in the ability of WOBH to continue increasing market share
– Majority of APN?s earnings post-Acquisition expected to be in growth businesses (radio, outdoor and digital)
-?Exclusive 10 year agreement with WOBH and editor Cam Slater secured to operate WOBH and broadcast a new blog radio show via the iHeartRadio digital radio platform in New Zealand
– APN appoints Cam Slater as New Media Editor

SYDNEY, 19 February, 2014 ? APN News & Media Limited [ASX, NZX: APN] today announced that it will acquire full ownership of Whale Oil Beef Hooked (?WOBH?) for an enormous amount of hooter (the ?Acquisition?). The purchase price represents a big truck load of cash beeping backwards into the loading bay of Slater’s bank.

As a result of the Acquisition, APN will own 100% of the largest and most effective news and political blog with an audience that exceeds most of the rest of their stable of newspapers. and even some of their radio assets. WOBH writes for an audience that exceeds 2.5 million page views each month. Read more »

August Blog Stats

The latest Open Parachute statistics are out.



Thanks to the team here at WOBH we are number one again. But of course we couldn’t be number on without the readers.

Of interest, if you add up the stats of Number 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 they still don’t surpass our numbers. Thank you all for your ongoing support.? Read more »

Anne Tolley quotes an impeccable source


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Looks like Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris is a fan

via the tipline

He is apparently selling his house…but in the article at The Daily Mail they had the image below.

This photo certainly shows that it looks like Steve Harris from Iron Maiden is a fan of the blog.

Steve Harris - Iron Maiden, Whale Oil Beef Hooked


I have enjoyed many Iron Maiden songs over the years…and especially Steve Harris’ great bass efforts.

He has released his first solo album in September 2012, called British Lion.

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Happy New Year to everyone! ?Not just the Loyal Whale Army, but all our readers, critics, sources, spies, insiders… oh go on, even Martyn.

Thanks for a great 2012. ?But you know what? ? With our hard work, and your loyal help, we’re going to make 2012 look like we were having training wheels on.

Brace yourselves for Whale Oil Beef Hooked 2013

Rugby Union - 2011 World Cup - Opening Ceremony - Eden Park

via Mail Online


An Irish Pub Song

A reader sent this through to cheer me up…it may also help those of you our there who still don’t know what the title of the blog means:

Commenting on the blog

Yesterday we had a useful discussion about commenting on the blog. Now that the blog is?cemented?at number one in the NZ blogsphere I think it is time to share some thinking about commenting.

I don’t want to ban people like The Standard, I also don’t want to have to moderate everything like Red Alert. I pretty much want people to discuss issues from all perspectives. I believe in airing opinions and prefer freedom over regulation.

However this is my house and so it is my rules. I don’t tolerate shouty children, I certainly wouldn’t tolerate shouty guests. So don’t do it here.

I had to slap up Phil U a bit, but it is because he is actually a smart guy and we have had a beer or two together that I thought we should discuss it.

The poll gives an indication of the level of frustration, but some regular commenters have swayed my thinking. Phil can stay. My normal rules apply.

However please take this as a guideline for the future…this applies to ALL commenters.

  • Stick to the topic of the post.
  • Do not comment as though you are writing a blog post…tl;dr pisses me and others off.
  • Argue the points raised without resorting to silly name calling.
  • I’m trying to lift my game how about lifting yours.
  • Where possible try to use your real names. It makes life far more civilised. Criticise Phil all you want but at least he uses his own name.

Let’s see if we can’t improve the number one NZ blog…eh?

UPDATE: There is a “Flag Comment” feature in the commenting system. If something is untoward flag the comment, move on. I will be notified of the flagging and will moderate or not as I see fit. If it gets out of hand then I may need volunteers for comments moderation.

Whale Oil Beef Hooked for Dummies

Ok some people still don’t get it, and some are supposed to be intelligent. Don’t worry I’ll still let people think you are smart.

Here is a video I found that should make things a little more illuminating. If you still don’t get it after this post then there truly is no hope for you and I hope that you have sterilised yourself.