Mystery Solved: The Story Behind Fire Rig's "145=529" Decal
|The eagle we get. The Giants logo we get. But "145=529"? That's a head-scratcher.|
One tends not to notice all the ephemera pasted onto a fire truck. The noise overpowers questions about bumper stickers. And, in the event it's your house or car -- or you -- that's on fire, the sporting allegiances of the guys with the water suddenly seem a bit trivial.
But if you've got an inquiring mind and are handy with a camera -- as they are at SFCitizen.com -- you spot weird things.
Specifically, you see a cryptic "145=529" decal on a fire rig. It's not mathematical -- so is it some kind of insider talk. Does "145" really mean "one-for-five"? Is "529" actually "five-to-nine"? If I obtain one of something in exchange for five, is that the equivalent of giving five to nine? Who is nine in this scenario? Did I sleep through this part of the movie Pi?
Perhaps -- but firefighter Tom O'Connor has a more solid explanation.
This rig number appears somewhat grandiose, however, because "an old guy, a fire buff, came by and embossed in gold," O'Connor recalls. "I think he also put that eagle on the front. And there's probably a brass bell on that rig, too."
Isn't it always the way? Do someone a good turn and you induce paranoid conspiracy theory-mongering. At least that's what nine told us.