Category: General

Japanese Maple

Your death, near now, is of an easy sort.

So slow a fading out brings no real pain.

Breath growing short

Is just uncomfortable. You feel the drain

Of energy, but thought and sight remain:

Enhanced, in fact. When did you ever see

So much sweet beauty as when fine rain falls

On that small tree

And saturates your brick back garden walls,

So many Amber Rooms and mirror halls?

Ever more lavish as the dusk descends

This glistening illuminates the air.

It never ends.

Whenever the rain comes it will be there,

Beyond my time, but now I take my share.

My daughter’s choice, the maple tree is new.

Come autumn and its leaves will turn to flame.

What I must do

Is live to see that. That will end the game

For me, though life continues all the same:

Filling the double doors to bathe my eyes,

A final flood of colors will live on

As my mind dies,

Burned by my vision of a world that shone

So brightly at the last, and then was gone.


by Clive James 


This poem, originally posted in the New Yorker, was a poem of farewell from their poet laurette who was facing his end.  A truly touching work of art…

Here is a recap of the alternatives to said to help your writing have more sizzle…


Synonyms For Said – Reporting


to enhance an argument
to warn, to offer help
to capture attention by increased volume
to express dislike or disagreement
to give wishes; to acknowledge an action or deed
to further or add to an earlier point
to say or paraphrase from official documents
to declare formally and or publicly
to state positively but having no proof
to explain, interpret, or criticize – to make a remark
to make known clearly and openly
to give information, to make known; declare
to not speak truthfully
to mention casually
to suggest; to state
to state briefly; to bring up in conversation
to formally or openly disagree
to repeat words of others; to cite a source
to remember or bring up
to make connection; to say allegorically
to remember; to mention so as not to forget
to make a brief, casual statement of an opinion
to recall
to say again; to restate
to answer; to say in response
to give a formal statement; to give an account of
to give additional comfort, support, or evidence
to make known; to publish
to cruelly tease in a mocking or insulting manner
to annoy or pester; vex
to cause to consider (usually) something bad

Synonyms For Said – Explaining


broke in
to speak directly to sme, respond or answer
to respond to a question
to add or offer additional information
to soothe, comfort, calm
to interrupt, supplying additional information
to warn or advise; strongly suggest
to assert or maintain; to state as fact
to finish or draw to a close; to understand
to let in on a secret; to disclose
to give additional information
to make or offer an explanation
to conclude or complete
to say ironically or unemotionally
to suggest, hint, or say without saying
to make mention; to acknowledge
to give word or make a vow
to say with doubt or ambiguity
to add or submit; to figure or believe
to answer an objection
to answer a question or comment
to reply or answer a question or comment
to reply to criticism in a sharp, witty way
to answer an objection; to reply to a criticism or charge
to guess using information available
to conclude or deduce

Synonyms For Said – Arguing


to charge, slander
to concur, to be in harmony
defend position, disagree or dispute
lead; overwhelm opposition
to argue, dispute, disagree
persuaded; remove all doubt, win over
to dispute, question
to scold mildly; to goad into action
to be at odds; to not agree
to stress
to speak suddenly, loudly with surprise
to add or assert; to interrupt
to cut off or disrupt; to interject out of turn
to assert, to support by argument, to affirm
to disagree; be in oppostion to
to implore or beg; to speak desperately
to announce officially; support publicly
to set forth a design or plan
to state calmly and with logic
to speak back to authority figure; rebel
to use high pitch loud voice
to say in menacing manner
to make aware in advance of harm, danger, or evil
to shout or use loud voice; scream


Synonyms For Said – Suggesting


chimed in
to add (usually) unwanted advice
to convince against someone’s will; change mind
challenge, question
implies suggestion
similar to suggest – indicates a definite idea
to convey sth unpleasant in a sly, sneaky way
to say without saying, stresses delicacy of situation
to consider; to weigh all options
to propose as a possibility, to imply
To entreat earnestly and often repeatedly; exhort


Synonyms For Said – Questioning


to question or solicit
to ask in a humble manner earnestly
to interrupt or interject, to ask all together
to ask repetitively; difficult or unwanted questions
to ask for urgently and boldly
to infer; to ask without evidence
to guess, infer
to ask with fervor, implying desperation or distress
to ask, seek information
to demand strongly, to declare firmly
to answer a legal charge, to lovingly implore
to ask, doubt, or dispute
to ask (sometimes) formally
to say with puzzlement or doubt
to cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled


Said Synonyms – Acknowledging


reluctant disclosure of something perhaps a secret
reluctance to disclose or concede facts
implies deep conviction, little chance of contradiction
to assert or declare, especially without proof
to consent or agree
boldly declaring, often in the face of opposition
to take pride in, brag or overstate
to boast or overstate; be prideful
similar to acknowledge and admit
an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt
to instruct more correctly; remove misconception
not accepted; unused, refused
to reveal something previously concealed
to reveal sth that should have remained secret
to needlessly worry about small details
to acknowledge presence; salute, salutation
to copy, mimic or simulate
to make fun of, tease
to speak with wonderment or amazement
to move head up and down in agreement
to speak of with honor; to speak highly of someone
to make known that which had been secret or hidden
to articulate; pronounce or speak
to give or offer to give voluntarily


Synonyms For Said – Tone


to speak sharply or loudly; shout
to cry loudly
to glow, shine, radiate
to roar, to cry out in anger or fear
to repeat same sound (cry) again and again
to speak with loud, deep, voice; a thunderous sound
to laugh cynically – implies sinister intent; sneer
to speak noisily about something unimportant; small talk
to yell loudly; to give a shout
to speak with great difficulty due to emotion
noise made using tongue against bottom of mouth
to call for help, to shout, to weep, to sob
to make a sound like a frog; hoarse voice
to speak in a self satisfied way; to boast
to speak in a pompous way
to speak in a way that prolongs the vowels
to make noise in chest or throat
to speak under one’s breath; to show disapproval
to make unintelligible low sounds
to speak or shout derisively; to mock
to make a joke or speak in funny manner
to say in fun, joking manner
to say by copying another; to make fun of by imitating
to utter inarticulate or almost inaudible sounds
to speak in a low, indistinct voice
to speak in a low, indistinct voice; inarticulate
to badger; to continually remind
to speak demandingly, with authority
to make short, angry monologue or speech
to utter a loud, deep sound; animalistic
to find fault; speak angrily
to make a loud cry or call
to make a loud, piercing cry or sound
to say good naturedly, kindly; in a kind manner
to say with contempt
to say suddenly and angrily
to say with a hateful rage
to say in scornful manner
to say with tiny high pitched voice
to express grief or pain through long, loud cries
to speak softly to avoid being overheard


Synonyms For Said – Sounds & Misc.


to speak incoherently; gibberish, like baby talk
to speak lively and expressively; with joy
to speak informally as to a friend
to chuckle gleefully; short laugh of joy
to speak simultaneously, together
short, soft laugh; usually to one’s self
short, strong expulsion of air from lungs
finished, set
repeated sound
heavy breath after scare or physical exertion
short, high-pitched laugh from fear or nervousness
rough, threatening manner
to speak taking in large amounts of air as if drinking
to speak with fluid in the throat
to speak in evil threatening manner
to shout usually to someone at a distance
to speak unclearly substituting sounds especially ‘th’
to speak as if out of breath
to speak suddenly and loudly
to speak emotionally with faltering voice
high pitched shriek
to speak with difficulty as if bored
to say derisively with a laugh
to say as if about to cry
to say with contempt and a short burst of breath
to cry uncontrollably
to speak with difficulty perhaps from impediment
repeating words and sounds while missing others
to repeat certain sounds multiple times
to promise solemnly; pledge
to cry softly, quietly
to cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine
to complain or protest in a childish fashion


Here’s a fourth list of alternate terms to said, to help spice up arguments.


to charge, slander
to concur, to be in harmony
defend position, disagree or dispute
lead; overwhelm opposition
to argue, dispute, disagree
persuaded; remove all doubt, win over
to dispute, question
to scold mildly; to goad into action
to be at odds; to not agree
to stress
to speak suddenly, loudly with surprise
to add or assert; to interrupt
to cut off or disrupt; to interject out of turn
to assert, to support by argument, to affirm
to disagree; be in oppostion to
to implore or beg; to speak desperately
to announce officially; support publicly
to set forth a design or plan
to state calmly and with logic
to speak back to authority figure; rebel
to use high pitch loud voice
to say in menacing manner
to make aware in advance of harm, danger, or evil
to shout or use loud voice; scream


If you’re a #TLDR person, here’s the shortest answer- $$$

To elaborate- as I posted yesterday, there are numerous studies that say marijuana is firmly between benign and beneficial- a small sampling of them, many performed by the US Government, are available on yesterday’s post (  So, setting aside the benefits of marijuana, (medical uses, from cancer helping to pain relief, a self-medication for stress, mental stimulation, etc…), and the few side effects that actually do matter, (impairment- seriously, don’t toke and drive), which mirror our society’s favorite* drug alcohol, and we have laws to deal with them that can be expanded to cover MJ.

If Marijuana has not be proven harmful- and seriously, check the studies- then why does the government and “moral authorities” pour so much time and effort into stopping it? Essentially, it comes down to money- there have been a few industries that have a vested interest in fighting this “vile scourge”.

Originally, the main player in starting the Prohibition of Marijuana was the lumber industry- now, I know its hard for young people to understand, but before e-books, there were books, and they took a lot of paper to make.  The lumber industry, which has a large portion of its goods dedicated to taking trees and making paper from them, didn’t like hemp- which can be used for paper quite easily and is a seasonal crop, as opposed to a multi-year investment as are trees.  This effort was spearheaded by Harry J. Anslinger, then head of the Federal Narcotics Bureau, who has conflicting interests with the lumber and other industries, such as cotton.  His tireless efforts in ignoring the science and beating the drums of fear paid off with the banning of the use of marijuana, and its eventually classification as a Schedule-1 drug, (in the same camp as Herion and Meth- ironically, COCAINE is Schedule-2)

Now, we have the lumber industry, with some collusion from the cotton and various chemical industries, having significant interest in keeping their competitor hemp/marijuana illegal.  Since the 1980s, there have been two more players- the first is Reagan’s War on Drugs.  This made the usage of marijuana a significantly more painful offense, often with mandatory prison time.  Concurrent with this was the rise of the private prison industry.  Now, take note of the word “private”- these prisons, which need to be stocked, are run on a profit model.  In other words, more Americans incarcertated, regardless of the crime, is more money they prisons and their stockholders can make.  As of 2006, roughly half of state prisoners, and 90% of federal prisoners, were in prison for non-violent offenses, the vast majority of them for drug possession, with the vast majority of the drug in possession being marijuana.  As of 2003, in fact, more than 58% of women in federal prison were there for possession of drugs, with it being estimated that 50% were in prison for marijuana possession alone.  That’s a lot of money, and a lot of lives ruined.

Taken all together, it makes sense that these industries, and their money, speaks quiet loudly to our politicians.  Individual citizens and states have taken to decriminalizing and/or legalizing medical marijuana, and in the rare case, marijuana outright.  And yet, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) continues to exercise federal laws in those states- leading to more arrests, more repression of medical and overall industrial benefits, and more ignoring of the people’s will.  Because of money speaking louder than the people to the politicians, (I know, the sky is still blue too).


Which really means, we need to talk louder.  Whether you enjoy smoking marijuana to relax or to expand your mind, (there is quiet a variety, after all), because you or someone you love is suffering from cancer, or you just think its frakkin’ stupid that we make a greatly useful plant illegal instead of gaining the benefits from it- keep speaking- louder, clearly and consistently- to those in power and those who will listen to you.


*Okay, caffeine might be the favorite- seems to be stiff competition…

…  before they decided to ignore science, (a shocker, I know)


Happy 420, my toking friends.

Now, I am not a recreator of the Mary Jane- but, I know enough people who are to know that the horror stories are just that- stories.  In fact…

10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY: A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.

9) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON’T RUIN YOUR LIFE: Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997

8) THE “GATEWAY EFFECT” MAY BE A MIRAGE: Marijuana is often called a “gateway drug” by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical “associations” indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana – implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained “without requiring a gateway effect.” More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what’s most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.

7) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART I): The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, “the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement.” And what data exist show “little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.” In other words, there is no proof that prohibition – the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century – reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193.

6) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART II): DOES PROHIBITION CAUSE THE “GATEWAY EFFECT”?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found no differences except one: Lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its “tolerant” marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p. 836-842.

5) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART I): Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

4) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART II): In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

3) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART III): Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

2) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART IV): Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

1) MARIJUANA DOES HAVE MEDICAL VALUE: In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” While noting potential risks of smoking, the report acknowledged there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting. The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government loves to ignore our report; they would rather it never happened. (Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006)

So, a brief, scientific look at MJ- will have some editorializing tomorrow…  Ya know, here-

Faeries in a Jar

How To Make Fairies In A Jar

This is something everyone will love!


1. Select a jar- ideally, one with a clear lid as well.
2. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar, (I’d suggest blue or green- but any works great).
3. Add diamond glitter (and some sparkle glitter too if you have it)
4. Seal the jar and shake hard
5. Set in a darkened place

This is something they will never forget so its worth a little work on this one.

(Photos coming…  eventually 😉 )

2012 has been a great year- even with the many downs, there have been many ups…

One thing that stands out for me is how much space- as in Space, The Final Frontier the Universe Space- has played such an important role in my life this year. There have been great triumphs and losses this year… So, briefly, a look at them.

Neil Armstrong– The first human to set foot on another world took his final journey after a quiet life; even though he was immensely humble, his actions (as well as Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins) were that of a great hero who braved the unknown.
Sir Patrick Moore– An astronomer who has been on the BBC for more than half a century, and inspired so many of our current astronomers and astrophysicists, passed. He kept broadcasting his show even into his final days, such was his love of knowledge and of sharing it.
Space Shuttle Endeavor– While not a person, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery was the last time any of the magnificent Shuttles will take flight; truly, the end of an era. An era we must regain- the manned exploration of space must resume- otherwise everything we have done will continue to be trapped on this tiny, fragile orb… As an aside, you can see a few shots of the Final Flight on the Mysidian Moments photography blog.

Mars Curiosity– Another probe that reached Mars; but with much greater abilities- and a social media following… speaking of which, New Year’s Greetings from Mars
Voyager leaving the Solar System– The Voyager I spacecraft (launched on 1977-09-05 12:56:00 UTC), is in the border of the Solar System. 35 years after it left Earth, this human creation is crossing into interstellar space- it will be the first thing we have ever sent beyond the embrace of our sun. And almost as astonishingly, this small ship, virtually as old as I am and with technology earlier than the Apple II, still is sending us knowledge…
Astronomical discoveries– “Super Earth” HD 40307 g in its star’s Goldilock’s Zone; a planet orbitting Alpha Centauri; the most distant galaxy discovered so far, UDFj-39546284, discovered by Hubble and determined to be from when the Universe was just 380 million years old; The massive black hole at the center of NGC 1277; the enormous Phoenix Cluster of galaxies; the rogue exoplanet CFBDSIR2149… All these discoveries came through just in 2012- truly, we are in a golden age of scientific discovery of our place in the sky- which only emphasizes how much we need to focus on learning and science.

Of course, there are many personal events that have shaped 2012- but these remind me that, no matter how much we focus on ourselves, the grand universe stretches out- beckoning us to explore…

Onward to the future!

10th Day of #MizuMas!


On the tenth day of #MizuMas, my #houseape gave to me…

     Ten Grasses for Chewing

     Nine Lasers-a-Pointing     

     Eight Cans-a-Yummies

     Seven Fish-a-Swimming

     Six Balls-a-Rolling

     Five Mice on a Striiiiiiiing…

     Four Cheesy Snacks

     Three Inches of Snow

     Two Times Outside

     And a Warm Lap just for Me =^.^=


7th Day of MizuMas!

On the seventh day of #MizuMas, my #houseape gave to me…

     Seven Fish-a-Swimming

     Six Balls-a-Rolling

     Five Mice on a Striiiiiiiing…

     Four Cheesy Snacks

     Three Inches of Snow

     Two Times Outside

     And a Warm Lap just for Me =^.^=


12-12-12 12:12

Ah, it is now one of those fleeting moments, when all the numbers of date and time line up- we get them only in the beginning of ever century, so this is the last one for most of us…

And, as people who knew me from the Green House days in Ypsi, Twelve has always been one of my favorite numbers.  So, for this moment, I thought I would have a quick list of the 12s- after all, it seems to be a favored number for numerological and narrative purposes as well:

*  There are 12 constellations in the ecliptic (or Signs of the Zodiac).

*  There are twelve ‘ Jyotirlingas’ (epitome of God Shiva) in Hindu Shaivism. The shaivites (orthodox devotees of God Shiva) treat them with great respect and these are visited by almost every pious Hindu at least once in a lifetime. The number 12 is very important in many religions, mainly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also found in some older religions and belief systems.

*  In Antiquity there are numerous magical/religious uses of twelves. Ancient Greek religion, the Twelve Olympians were the principal gods of the pantheon. The chief Norse god, Odin, had 12 sons. Several sets of twelve cities are identified in history as a dodecapolis, the most familiar being the Etruscan League. In the King Arthur Legend, Arthur is said to have subdued 12 rebel princes and to have won 12 great battles against Saxon invaders.

* There are 12 ounces in a troy pound (used for precious metals).

* In English, twelve is the number of greatest magnitude that has just one syllable.

*  The importance of 12 in Judaism and Christianity can be found in the Bible. The biblical Jacob had 12 sons, who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, while the New Testament describes twelve apostles of Jesus; when Judas Iscariot was disgraced, a meeting was held (Acts) to add Matthias to complete the number twelve once more. (Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.)

* King Arthur’s round table had 12 knights plus King Arthur himself.

*  Twelve people have walked on Earth’s moon.

* 12 face cards in a card deck.

*  The Book of Jude contains much numerical symbolism, and a lot of the numbers mentioned have 12 as a divisor. 12:1 mentions a woman — interpreted as the people of Israel, the Church or the Virgin Mary — wearing a crown of twelve stars (representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel). Furthermore, there are 12,000 people sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, making a total of 144,000 (which is the square of 12 multiplied by a thousand).

*  In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)

*  The Twelve Labours of Hercules

*  The Colonies of Man and the Cylon Models in (both and the new, respectively) Battlestar Galactica both number twelve.

*  12 inches in a foot.

*  In Orthodox Judaism, 12 signifies the age a girl matures (bat mitzvah)

*  Imāmah (Arabic: إمامة) is the Shī‘ah doctrine of religious, spiritual and political leadership of the Ummah. The Shī‘ah believe that the A’immah (“Imams”) are the true Caliphs or rightful successors of Muḥammad, and Twelver and Ismā‘īlī Shī‘ah further that Imams are possessed of supernatural knowledge, authority, and infallibility (‘Iṣmah) as well as being part of the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of Muhammad. Both beliefs distinguish the Shī‘ah from Sunnis.

* The Twelve Tables or Lex Duodecim Tabularum, more informally simply Duodecim Tabulae was the ancient legislation underlying Roman law.

* In the United States, twelve people are appointed to sit on a jury for felony trials in all but four states, and in federal and Washington, D.C. courts. The number of jurors gave the title to the play (and subsequent films) Twelve Angry Men.

* The United States of America is divided into twelve Federal Reserve Districts (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco); American paper currency has serial numbers beginning with one of twelve different letters, A through L, representing the Federal Reserve Bank from which the currency originated.

* Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions and 12 concepts for world service.

* There are normally twelve pairs of ribs in the human body.

*  There are 12 days of Christmas. The song Twelve Days of Christmas came from the traditional practice of extending Yuletide celebrations over the twelve days from Christmas day to the eve of Epiphany; the period of thirteen days including Epiphany is sometimes known as Christmastide. Thus Twelfth Night is another name for the twelfth day of Christmas or January 5 (the eve of Epiphany). Similarly, Eastern Orthodoxy observes 12 Great Feasts.

*  In Twelver Shi’a Islam, there are twelve Imams, legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad. These twelve early leaders of Islam are—Ali, Hasan, Husayn, and nine of Husayn’s descendants.

*  In Quran, the Sura number 12 is Sura Yusuf (Joseph), and it is located in Juz’a (Arabic : الجزء) number 12. This Sura narrates the story of Prophet Yusuf and his 12 brothers.

So, how else can you write “12”?

١٢ Arabic
ԺԲ Armenian
১২ Bangla
ΔΙΙ Attic Greek
יב Hebrew
१२ Indian (Devanāgarī)
十二 Chinese and Japanese
௧௨ Tamil
Ⅻ Roman and Etruscan
๑๒ Thai
IIX Chuvash
١٢ Urdu
ιβʹ Ionian Greek
൧൨ Malayalam

For an endpoint, the beginning of the Wiki on 12- for some info on the word itself:

12 is the natural number following 11 and preceding 13. It is the twelviest of number of all.
The word “twelve” is the largest number with a single-morpheme name in English. Etymology suggests that “twelve” arises from the Germanic compound twalif “two-leftover”, so a literal translation would yield “two remaining [after having ten taken]”. This compound meaning may have been transparent to speakers of Old English, but the modern form “twelve” is quite opaque. Only the remaining tw- hints that twelve and two are related.
A group of twelve things is called a duodecad. The ordinal adjective is duodenary, twelfth. The adjective referring to a group consisting of twelve things is duodecuple.
The number twelve is often used as a sales unit in trade, and is often referred to as a dozen. Twelve dozen are known as a gross.

...  Maybe I'll do something on thirteen at a random point in the future...

(Yes, working on it a bit- time kinda caught up to me- irony....)