Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.
Uncommon features and presentation UncommonGoods presents shoppers with an array of special features that make shopping at UncommonGoods an entertaining, convenient, and uncommon experience. These features include:
- Featured Artist: UncommonGoods highlights the stories of their artists and designers throughout their website as well as their print catalog.
- Handmade Goods: Look for the blue hand icon throughout the website to find their handmade goods.
- Uncommon Knowledge: UncommonGoods posts surprisingly uncommon information and facts related to certain product categories or featured items on the site. For example, did you know that early candles were often eaten rather than burned? Or that Leonardo da Vinci invented the scissors?
- Our Commitment to the Environment: UncommonGoods strives to work in harmony with the environment: their print catalogs are printed on recycled paper (30% post consumer waste) and all their merchandise is produced without harm to animals. Look for the green recycled icon throughout their website for products made of recycled materials.
- Better to Give Program: They donate a portion of each order to your choice of non-profit organizations: American Forests, AmeriCares, City Harvest, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Cheat Sheet (included with each clock):
12 – a radical
1 – Legendre’s constant is a mathematical constant occurring in a formula conjectured by Adrien-Marie Legendre to capture the asymptotic behavior of the prime-counting function. Its value is now known to be exactly 1.
2 – A joke in the math world: An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says, “You’re all idiots,” and pours two beers.3 – A unicode character XML “numeric character reference.”
4 – Modular arithmetic, also known as clock arithmetic, is a system of arithmetic for integers, where numbers “wrap around” after they reach a certain value. The modular multiplicative inverse of 2 (mod 7) is the integer /a/ such that 2*/a/ is congruent to 1 modulo 7.
5 – The Golden Mean…reworked a little.
6 – Three factorial (3*2*1=6)
7 – A repeating decimal that is proven to be exactly equal to 7 with Cauchy’s Convergence Test.
8 – Graphical representation of binary code.
9 – An example of a base-4 number, which uses the digits 0, 1, 2 and 3 to represent any real number.
10 – A Binomial Coefficient, also known as the choose function. 5 choose 2 is equal to 5! divided by (2!*(5-2)!)
11 A hexadecimal, or base-16, number.