The word "noon" originally meant the ninth hour of the day (which was roughly 3pm, nine hours after dawn).
Nine is also the number of:
gallons of saliva secreted daily by
an average horse;
hours it takes an army ant to walk
milligrams of rat droppings
allowed in a kilo of wheat in the US.
"The Book of Numbers" by William Hartston is now in the shops at pounds 9.99, published by Richard Cohen Books.Reuse content