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500 is a children's game where a gaggle of kids stands apart from another kid - who holds some sort of a ball. The individual kid throws the ball, and while it is flying through the air, he/she shouts a number. The lucky kid who catches the ball also gains that number of points. The first kid in the gaggle to reach 500 points gets to be the kid to throw the ball to everyone else.

I've seen this played with a tennis ball, a soccer ball, and (most often) an American football.

The basic appeal of this game is that even the kids who can't catch during a round have something to do - which is basically add up points and keep track of any cheaters.
As a kid we played a simple ball game called Five Hundred. It's similar to the game gahachino describes, but not exactly the same.

Players and Positions
At least 3 kids are required to play the game, however, having more players makes for a better and longer game. The possibility of injury also increases with each additional player, which as any kid knows can only make the game more fun.

One player is designated as the thrower. All other players will be catchers.

How to play
The catchers stand in a group at a good-throws distance from the thrower. The thrower throws the ball high and far and the catchers attempt to catch the ball. Tricky, eh?

Scoring
Scoring can vary but usually breaks down into categories and point values like so:

100 points - A clean catch. The ball goes from the thrower to the catcher without hitting the ground. Bouncing out of one player's hand and into another's counts, as long as the ball doesn't hit the ground.

50 points - One bounce then a catch. The ball is allowed to touch the ground once and then must be caught cleanly.

25 points - Retrieving the ball in any way. Basically this is the catch-all so that if everyone misses the ball, at least some points are awarded. I always played this one at 25 points because it was easy to reach 100 by 4 x 25, but this point value varies. Sometimes this type of "catch" would be worth 0 points.

Each kid keeps track of the points they've scored and declares themself the winner once they've reached 500 points.

Variations
When I was a kid we only ever played Five Hundred with an old tennis ball (usually thrown off the school roof by the janitor). But now that I have kids of my own, I've seen them play this game with a soccer ball. Same rules apply, except the thrower becomes a kicker.

I've never seen it played with a football like gahachino mentions, but just about anything you can throw and catch would work.


Information about the integer 500. For more information about the notation used in this writeup, see the section "Representation" in integer information metanode.

minus 1   -1
plus 1   +1
times 2  ×2     times 3  ×3     times 4  ×4     times 5  ×5     times 6  ×6     times 10  ×10     times 12  ×12     times 15  ×15     times 16  ×16     times 20  ×20     times 30  ×30     times 50  ×50     times 60  ×60     times 100  ×100    
divided by 2  ÷2     divided by 5  ÷5    

500

= 22 * 53
= 2^2 * 5^3
= 2 * 2 * 5 * 5 * 5
= 1*500 = 2*250 = 4*125 = 5*100 = 10*50 = 20*25 = 25*20 = 50*10 = 100*5 = 125*4 = 250*2 = 500*1

inverse of 500 = 1/500 = approximately 0.0020
squre root of 500 = 5001/2 = 500^0.5 = approximately 22.360679774997898
cube root of 500 = 5001/3 = 500^(1/3) = approximately 7.937005259840997
hyper root of 500 = 5001/4 = 500^0.25 = approximately 4.728708045015879
fifth root of 500 = 5001/5 = 500^0.2 = approximately 3.465724215775732
base 2 log of 500 = lg 500 = log 2 500 = approximately 8.965784284662087
natural log of 500 = ln 500 = log e 500 = approximately 6.214608098422191
base 10 log of 500 = log 500 = approximately 2.6989700043360183
base 12 log of 500 = log 12 500 = approximately 2.5009422784362503

5002 = 500^2 = 500*500 = 250 000 = approximately 2.500E5
500e = 500^e = approximately 2.170506637875865E7
5003 = 500^3 = 500*500*500 = 125 000 000 = approximately 1.250E8
500π = 500^π = 500pi = 500^pi = approximately 3.013452414346273E8
5004 = 500^4 = 500*500*500*500 = 62 500 000 000 = approximately 6.250E10
5005 = 500^5 = 500*500*500*500*500 = 31 250 000 000 000 = approximately 3.125E13

i500 = i^500 = 1
2500 = 2^500 = 3 2733906078 9614187001 3189696827 5991522166 4204604306 4789483291 3680961337 9640467455 4883270092 3259041571 5088668412 7560071009 2172565458 8539305332 8527589376 = approximately 3.27339E150
e500 = e^500 = approximately 1.4035922178528223E217
3500 = 3^500 = 363602917 9586993684 2385267079 5433191180 2338502600 1623040346 0358325806 0019158389 5484198508 2629793887 8330817970 2534403855 7528559315 1701306614 2992430916 5620257800 2177124784 7643450125 3428365658 1320997259 0371590152 5787280083 8599013979 5377610001 = approximately 3.63602E238
π500 = π^500 = pi500 = pi^500 = approximately 3.7578232322924796E248
4500 = 4^500 = 10 7150860718 6267320948 4250490600 0181056140 4811705533 6074437503 8837035105 1124936122 4931983788 1569585812 7594672917 5531468251 8714528569 2314043598 4577574698 5748039345 6777482423 0985421074 6050623711 4187795418 2153046474 9835819412 6739876755 9165543946 0770629145 7119647768 6542167660 4298316526 2438683720 5668069376 = approximately 1.07150E301
5500 = 5^500 = 3054936363 4996046820 5197939321 3617699789 4027405723 2666389361 3909281291 6265247204 5770185723 5108015228 2568751526 9359046715 5317853427 8042839697 3513311420 0917889630 7244205337 7285222203 5588819531 8837008165 0866793017 9487913663 3899370525 1636497892 2702120035 2450820912 1908744820 2119601494 6372110934 0307985507 6782836518 3620409339 9373959982 7677011489 8681640625 = approximately 3.05493E349

500500 = 500^500 = 500^^2 = 3054936363 4996046820 5197939321 3617699789 4027405723 2666389361 3909281291 6265247204 5770185723 5108015228 2568751526 9359046715 5317853427 8042839697 3513311420 0917889630 7244205337 7285222203 5588819531 8837008165 0866793017 9487913663 3899370525 1636497892 2702120035 2450820912 1908744820 2119601494 6372110934 0307985507 6782836518 3620409339 9373959982 7677011489 8681640625 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 0000000000 = approximately 3.05493636349960468205E1349

500th triangular number = 125 250 = approximately 1.252E5
500th square number = 250 000 = approximately 2.500E5
500th pentagonal number = 374 750 = approximately 3.747E5
500th hexagonal number = 499 500 = approximately 4.995E5
500th hex number = hex500 = 748 501 = approximately 7.485E5
500th centered square number = 499 001 = approximately 4.990E5
500th hex pyramid number = 500th cube number = 125 000 000 = approximately 1.250E8
500th tetrahedral number = 20 958 583 = approximately 2.095E7
500th truncated tetrahedral number = 478 042 500 = approximately 4.780E8
500th square pyramidal number = 41 791 750 = approximately 4.179E7
500th octahedral number = 83 333 500 = approximately 8.333E7
500th stella octangula number = 249 999 500 = approximately 2.499E8
500th body-centered cube number = 249 251 499 = approximately 2.492E8
500th truncated octahedral number = 1 991 761 994 = approximately 1.991E9
500th rhombic dodecahedral number = 498 501 999 = approximately 4.985E8
500th pentatope number = 2 635 531 375 = approximately 2.635E9

500

= SF ("letter outline" / "spreadsheet/database column number")
= D (original Roman numerals)
= five hundred (English (American and British))
= five zero zero (English digits)

500

= 1 1111 01002 = 1 1111 0100 base 2 (binary)
= 2001123 = 200112 base 3
= 7648 = 764 base 8 (octal)
= 35812 = 358 base 12
= 1F416 = 1F4 base 16 (hexadecimal, "hex")
= DW36 = DW base 36
= (8) (20) base 60
= 10500 = 10 base 500

Other Information about 500

D is the Roman numeral for 500
the Indianapolis 500 motor race is 500 miles long *
a ream is 500 sheets (of paper) *
* information from /dev/joe's old chestnut: language equations


number information generator: author N-Wing; version 0.1.6.1; updated: 2001.01.17.n3
information about 500 generated on January 17, 2001 at 1:18:25 AM EST; took 0.830 seconds

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