Posted April 1, 2014

33 is a Magic Number

Kimpton Buzz


In 1981, a gallon of regular gas cost a cool $1.38; the top selling album was REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity; Sandra Day O’Connor made history as the country’s first female Supreme Court justice; and we were introduced to Indy Jones, our favorite swashbuckling archaeologist (sorry, Lara Croft). But to us, we fondly remember another important milestone: When a former investment banker by the name of Bill Kimpton decided to go against the grain and pioneer the boutique hotel concept in the United States. Thus, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants was born.

33 years later, we’re 60 hotels and some 70 restaurants strong, in 26 cities from desert oases to urban cityscapes, and still holding the torch for everything our founder believed in. To have a bit of a festive hoopla around our 33rd birthday, we uncovered some little known facts about this seemingly random numeric. So c’mon and celebrate our birthday with us!

• The LP (long play) vinyl record, or 33, is named for its revolution speed of 33⅓ revolutions per minute.

• Amethyst is designated as the 33rd wedding anniversary present.

• Virginia Woolf did not publish her first novel, The Voyage Out, until she was 33 years old.

• Spanish-speaking doctors use the phrase “diga treinta y tres” (“say 33”) when they listen to their patients’ lungs with a stethoscope.

• Michelangelo was 33 years old when he started his historic work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

• According to the Newton scale, 33 is the temperature at which water boils.

• Oregon became the 33rd U.S. state on Feb. 14, 1859.

Clockwise from upper left: Sammy Baugh, Larry Bird, Eddie Murray and Patrick Ewing.

Clockwise from upper left: Sammy Baugh, Larry Bird, Eddie Murray and Patrick Ewing.

• The human spine contains 33 vertebrae.

• The animal kingdom is divided into 33 phyla.

• Some of sports’ all-time greats rocked the number 33, including Slingin’ Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins; Boston Celtic Larry Bird; Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles; and the New York Knicks’ Patrick Ewing.

• In numerology, 33 is considered a powerfully significant master number (along with 11 and 22). According to “A 33 used to its full potential means that there is no personal agenda, only a focus on humanitarian issues.” Sweet.

— Faith Yi