5 is not a respectable degree. It's the number of cold fingers I had on my right hand as I started the car this morning and later the same 5 fingers picked up a can of frozen, bruised Pepsi I found in the bank parking lot.
The thermometer read 5.
5 is the number of easy pieces Jack Nicholson played,
5 is the number Joe DiMaggio wore when he hit safely in 56 straight ball games,
5 is the number of the slaughterhouse, Schlachthof-fünf, in the Vonnegut novel,
5 is the number of Beach Boys or Fleetwood Macs,
5 is the number of cards in a poker hand,
5 the number of heads Borglum wanted on Rushmore
but he ran out of room,
5 is the number of limbs on a starfish,
5 is half of a ten dollar bill,
5 is the dimension Serling called the Twilight Zone,
5 is the number of letters in the word Pepsi that was frozen,
5 is the number of Supreme Court Justices if four phone in sick,
5 is the number of sides on the Pentagon,
5 is the number of rings in the Olympic symbol,
5 is the number of toes on Lincoln's left foot,
but, 5 is not a respectable number of degrees,
although it makes a fairly respectable left foot.