Little Joe

Satish asked why one of my photo had a caption as “Little Joe“.

Well Little Joe is a cardinal number that is the sum of three and one. Since there were four flowers in the photo I had Little Joe as the caption. Long back I stumbled on little joe accidentally. The association between little joe and four remains a mystery to me. Can somebody illuminate me?

Oh almost I forget to say Little phoebe is a cardinal number that is sum of four and one 🙂


4 Responses to “Little Joe”

  1. 1 sathish September 17, 2006 at 9:41 am


    after karthik told me about little joe, I found about them in thefreedictionary

  2. 2 jd2718 September 14, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    In the Little Joe rocket article on wikipedia there is the following:

    As the blueprints for this cluster of four rockets began to emerge from their drawing boards, the designers’ nickname for their project gradually was adopted. Since their first cross-section drawings showed four holes up, they called the project “Little Joe,” from the crap-game throw of a double deuce on the dice.

    Fascinating stuff.

  3. 3 S.Karthikeyan September 14, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    Jonathan. The wikipedia talks about Little Joe rockets only and there is no reference to the numbers. Meanwhile you can see Little Joe and Little phoebe on

  4. 4 jd2718 September 14, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    I heard “Little Joe” in the context of a craps game. (dice). Couldn’t find it on wikipedia, but did find that NASA’s Little Joe rockets were a cluster of 4 rockets, named from “double deuce” in craps.

    Never heard Little phoebe before.


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