My wife mentioned pyramids, which is interesting. Also very interesting point about using 100 or 360 as the base point for calculations. Did a bit more digging and found this regarding the question of why use 360 degrees

I finally found what I was looking for in a book called "A History of Pi" by

Petr Beckmann, a mathematician from Czechoslovakia. Here's the passage:

In 1936, a tablet was excavated some 200 miles from Babylon. Here one

should make the interjection that the Sumerians were first to make one of

man's greatest inventions, namely, writing; through written communication,

knowledge could be passed from one person to others, and from one

generation to the next and future ones. They impressed their cuneiform

(wedge-shaped) script on soft clay tablets with a stylus, and the tablets

were then hardened in the sun. The mentioned tablet, whose translation

was partially published only in 1950, is devoted to various geometrical

figures, and states that the ratio of the perimeter of a regular hexagon

to the circumference of the circumscribed circle equals a number which in

modern notation is given by 57/60 + 36/(60^2) (the Babylonians used the

sexagesimal system, i.e., their base was 60 rather than 10).

The Babylonians knew, of course, that the perimeter of a hexagon is

exactly equal to six times the radius of the circumscribed circle, in fact

that was evidently the reason why they chose to divide the circle into 360

degrees (and we are still burdened with that figure to this day). The

tablet, therefore, gives ... Pi = 25/8 = 3.125.

So that's who gave us the 360 degrees in the circle. See, assignment of

degree-measure to angles is somewhat arbitrary. Some choices are more

natural than others, though, and when you're working in base 60, 6x60 is a

pretty natural choice.

As a sidenote, the actual ratio that the Babylonians talk about is

6r/(2r*Pi) = 3/Pi, which is about 0.95493. They say it's 24/25 = .96.

And you might ask why we chose Pi as the letter to represent the

number 3.141592..., rather than some other Greek letter like

Alpha or Omega. Well, it's Pi as in Perimeter - the letter Pi

in Greek is like our letter P.

2 points that spring to mind (my wife and i are getting caught up in this now!)

1 is that the fraction for pi is 25/8. Add these together and you get 33 again!

The second point is that i saw the other day a picture of one of the poles of Jupiter had formed a hexagon! Maybe certain shapes and numbers are integrall to the makeup of the universe. On a slightly comical note "the hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy" notes that the answer to the ultimate question is 42 and i was just thinking that 7 x 6 = 42??!!