|Cardinal||two hundred fifty-six|
(two hundred fifty-sixth)
- 256 is 4 raised to the 4th power, so in tetration notation 256 is 24.
- 256 is a perfect square (162).
- 256 is the only 3-digit number that is zenzizenzizenzic. It is 2 to the 8th power or .
- 256 is the lowest number that is a product of eight prime factors.
Removing the digit 6 from 256 yields 25, which is another perfect square.
One octet (in most cases one byte) is equal to eight bits and has 28 or 256 possible values, counting from 0 to 255. The number 256 often appears in computer applications (especially on 8-bit systems) such as:
- The typical number of different values in each color channel of a digital color image (256 values for red, 256 values for green, and 256 values for blue used for 24-bit color) (see color space or Web colors).
- The number of colors available in a GIF or a 256-color (8-bit) bitmap.
- The number of characters in extended ASCII and Latin-1.
- The number of columns available in a Microsoft Excel worksheet until Excel 2007.
- The split-screen level in Pac-Man, which results from the use of a single byte to store the internal level counter.
- A 256-bit integer can represent up to 1.1579209...e+77 values.
(2256 = 115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,564,039,457,584,007,913,129,639,936 exactly).
In other fields
256 is also:
- The number of characters in the new Braille 8-dot system.
- An area code in Alabama.
- The Country calling code for Uganda.
- The number of NFL regular season football games.
- The frequency of Middle C in hertz under scientific pitch.
- The number of the Amarna letter EA 256, which, according to David Rohl, was written by Ishbaal and contains mentions of King David, Jesse, and Joab.
- The number of captured Viet Cong in the song "Three-Five-Zero-Zero" of the musical Hair.[unreliable source?]
- The number of soldiers in the most basic unit (the syntagma) of the Macedonian army.
- The number used by short track speed skating Olympian Apolo Ohno.
- The number of players online in Domination mode in the game MAG.
- The number of Catch Cards in the video game Super Paper Mario, and referenced numerous other times in said game.
- The number of dots to collect in "PAC-MAN 256".
- The number value in Hebrew Gematria of the word רָנּוּ (ranu) (meaning "they sang"), which appears in Jeremiah 31:6, "Sing with gladness for Jacob," and was associated with a prophecy of the return of the Messiah in the Hebrew year 4856 (1095–1096), which was close to the 256th lunar cycle (each cycle lasting 19 years), when the Jews were persecuted during the First Crusade.
- The number of Odùs in the Ifá Corpus.
- .256 Winchester Magnum, a short-lived firearm cartridge.
- The number of pixels on one side of a Minecraft block.
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When a need to convert from matched pitch to fundamental frequency arises, the problem is, perhaps, further compounded by training in which the speech clinician refers to middle C as 256 Hz (scientific pitch), while middle C in musical pitch is 262 Hz (Josephs, 1967)
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