101, 1001, Readers and Comments


  • In California, USA, there is a highway named 101.
  • There are several companies in the Silicon Valley along Highway 101.
  • District 4 of Toastmasters International was formally divided into two districts: District 4 and District 101.
  • Several introductory courses are named “101” (e.g. CS 101 for an introductory course in Computer Science).
  • 101 is a numerical palindrome. It reads the same forward and backward.
  • In Decimal number system, 101 has a value of “One hundred and one”.
  • In Binary number system, 101 has a value of 5.


  • 1001 is also a numerical palindrome. It reads the same forward and backward.
  • In Decimal number system, 1001 has a value of “One thousand and one”.
  • In Binary number system, 1001 has a value of 9.
  • We read “1001 Nights”.
    Grapevine says that Scheherezade outwitted a king who killed his wives after their first night together by telling him a different story every night for 1001 nights (and supposed gave birth to some children).
  • In early 2018, I started posting “Trivia”. I completed 1001+ posts in time for my birthday in August.

Some Readers and Reviewers

U San Lin (“Maung Lu Pay”, M87, USA) wrote :

Wonderful job. It’s best 1000 trivia I ever read. Thanks Sayar.

Best Regards,
San Lin

Saya Dr Myo Khin (C70,Japan) wrote :

Dear Ko Hla Min,
Your endless selfless towards the RIT is highly appreciated and please do not stop this meritorious deed.
May Lord Buddha bless and keep you and your beloved family.

Sincerely and Best Regards,
Your childhood friend
Myo Khin

Winston De Penha (SPHS63, Australia) wrote :

I’ve read all your Trivia posts.
Hope you remember me.
I was your classmate.

Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60)

Our families were close Dhamma friends and supporters of Dat Poung Zon Aung Min Gaung Pagoda and Mon Sayadaw U Thilawuntha.

Dr. TOKM took care of my sons when they were young.

He contributed posts about his beloved father U Kyaw Myint (Dean of Law) and his siblings : ICS U Tin Tut, Chief Justice U Myint Thein, Rector and distinguished author Dr. Htin Aung, Daw Khin Mya Mu (Kyauk Sar), Daw Khin Saw Mu (Burmese Poetry) and Sayama Daw Tin Saw Mu (English).

He also wrote about his mentors and mentees.

He air-mailed me a book (compiled and published by his colleagues and former students) from Australia. The postage cost a lot more than the price of the book.

Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63)

He stood First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1963. He scored 100 marks each in Mathematics and Chemistry and 99 marks (in Physics after the examiner reluctantly took back 1 mark from the perfect score).

Together, we were the “guinea pigs” of the Education System and Policies. Our seniors took two Government examinations before entering the university.

We took

  • the last ever 7th Standard Government examination in 1960
  • the first ever High School Final ONLY examination in March 1962 (under heavy security due to the Coup D’etat)
  • the High School Final ONLY examination AGAIN in August 1962
    (since the March examination for Rangoon Division was declared NULL and VOID)
  • the first ever Matriculation ONLY examination in 1963

The silver lining was that TEN matriculates from SPHS were in the Top Twenty and were awarded Collegiate Scholarship of 75 Kyats per month.

Before our time, medical graduates were selected to study for their membership and fellowship in the Royal Colleges in the UK.

Even though Dr. Khin Maung U finished in the top of his class, due to Change of Policies, he had to be contented studying for his Masters in Burma.

He had to wait long before he had a chance to study in the UK, Australia and USA.

He worked at John Hopkins and other universities in the USA before settling as a senior researcher for Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA).

After retirement, he is compiling and posting Medical Research Updates (appropriate for lay people).

He volunteered as Translator and Editor for the Dhamma Talks given in Maryland, USA and vicinity.

Dr. Nyunt Wai (SPHS63)

He stood Fourth in Burma in the Matriculation of 1963.

He retired as Professor of Physiology.

He worked for a decade or so at a Malaysian University.

He is now back in Myanmar.

His hobbies include Painting and Writing (Poems, Articles and Knowledge Sharing).

He reviewed my posts on Names and suggested several entries.

Uzin Bobby Myo Tun (Ashin Pannagavesaka, A69)

After retirement from PWD, he became a monk. He is resident monk of Mawlamyaing Pa Auk Tawya Monastery. He helped edit some of Sayadaw’s dhamma books. He is a Dhamma Librarian. He has gone on Dhamma Duta missions (e.g. to Vietnam).

U Wynn Htain Oo (M72)

He thinks about his alma mater even in his dreams. He is an indefatigable Fund Raiser (“Hmaw Sayagyi”) and an Organizer for SPZPs, Shwe YaDu and YTU Library Modernization Project — to name a few.

He tried to coax the IT Department at YTU to help with the archives.

General Comments

  • The Trivia posts are more than trivia.
  • They are Chronicles
  • There are some information that we did not know
  • Someone could translate into the native language Burmese/Myanmar (for a wider audience)
  • Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi gave advice on selecting and refining topics for a book
  • Do not expect people to write articles. There are more silent readers than active readers willing to give feedback.
  • You might request for rare photos and captions. “A picture is worth a thousand words”.
  • You have provided enough material for aspiring historians and compilers of encyclopedias.

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