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What's your favorite number?

Postby screech » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:08 am UTC

What is your personal favorite number? And I will be rather annoyed at people who say 3.14259265... because that's just not original. If you can truely claim it is your favorite, then it is acceptable. But THINK before you post.

And anyway, my favorite number is 12. It's very easily divisible.
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Postby parkaboy » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:14 am UTC

4 or 13.

13 just to be a shit, and 4 because it has the same number of letters in it (four) as the value it represents, and as far as i know its the only one.
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Re: What's your favorite number?

Postby lesliesage » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:15 am UTC

screech wrote:And anyway, my favorite number is 12. It's very easily divisible.

I am also the type to be drawn to easily divisible numbers. I'm 24 right now and that's fairly comfortable. It kind of hung over my head all last year that I was prime. My life is nothing if not the emergence of order from chaos, and I'm probably just not cool enough to see the elegance of prime numbers or something.

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Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:22 am UTC

Seventeen, for it is truly the number of the gods.

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Postby Geekner » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:14 am UTC

255


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Postby __Kit » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:16 am UTC

I'm just going to say 15, because I count to it like 100 times a day!
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Postby Traisenau » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:59 am UTC

42, or 420, both should have fairly obvious reasons
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Postby FiddleMath » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:02 am UTC

16, for so many reasons.

In base 2, it's 1000. It's 2^(2^2) and (2^2)^2. Base 16 is actually a pretty nice base. It's a very... square number. Mostly, I'm quite fond of the way the mental "shape" of 16 fits into my mind. (Does this make any sense to anyone else?)

Although, I'm actually somewhat fond of all numbers of the form 2^(2^n). 2,4,16,256,65536... And, also, 0 and 1, and 1024 are all nice. 2^(2^n)-1 is also pleasant, but 2^(2^n)+1 is irritating.

er... 12, 24, and 60 are all pretty great, too, but great in a totally different way. They're more circle-ish, like a waltz.

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Postby ShadeWolf » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:42 am UTC

0 would be my favorite number
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Postby Ren » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:46 am UTC

11, kids. Why?

1. A complete eleventh chord has almost every note of a diatonic scale.
2. Multiplication tricks:
2 digits - Add the 2 digits together and place the result in the middle.
3 digits - Keep the first digit in its place for the result's first digit, add the first and second digits together to form the result's second digit, add the second and third digits together to form the result's third digit, and keep the third digit as the result's fourth digit.
3. There are eleven (sometimes twelve) thumb keys on a bassoon.
4. The loonie has eleven sides. The maple leaf has eleven points.
5. Cranking things to eleven is badass.
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Postby haveblue » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:51 am UTC

Although it may annoy you, pi is likely my favourite number, along with infinity and zero, if those count.

I plan to get an infinity tattooed on the inside of my wrist, followed by digits of pi all the way around, bracelet style. It'll be sexy.

Edit: Also, 23, because like someone else said, the number of my birthday.
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Postby Klye » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:59 am UTC

11

No reasons, really. Though Ren does bring up some good points.
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Postby Durinthal » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:00 pm UTC

37. My birthday is the 37th day of the year, and it's just a neat prime number.

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Postby Toeofdoom » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:07 pm UTC

My favourite number actually makes up most of my WoW password, and password for almost every other MMO I've played. (not that I use them any more...) I use a different one for forums and my computer and email, but I can think of some stuff that makes it a bad idea to post my favourite number.
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Postby Hawknc » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:17 pm UTC

Ren wrote:11, kids. Why?

1. A complete eleventh chord has almost every note of a diatonic scale.
2. Multiplication tricks:
2 digits - Add the 2 digits together and place the result in the middle.
3 digits - Keep the first digit in its place for the result's first digit, add the first and second digits together to form the result's second digit, add the second and third digits together to form the result's third digit, and keep the third digit as the result's fourth digit.
3. There are eleven (sometimes twelve) thumb keys on a bassoon.
4. The loonie has eleven sides. The maple leaf has eleven points.
5. Cranking things to eleven is badass.

I'm pretty certain this wins so far. (And yes, it's a competition.)

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Postby Cosmonaut Smut Peddler » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:30 pm UTC

1729 or 91 anyone?

I don't have anything interesting, I've become interested in 1729 since I found out about it. Otherwise, I'll have to stick with a couple of stereotypes: 7 and 13. For their lucky/unlucky connotations respectively.

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Postby Kles » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:49 pm UTC

16.

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Postby Invisible Queen » Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:10 pm UTC

13 is my lucky number. But I like 9 more, for its meanings.
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Postby Rodan » Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:56 pm UTC

11!

followed by 42 and 121.

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Postby Sprocket » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:16 pm UTC

you may be able to guess from the posts on which I get excited by the number, the fact that I love this year (numerically speaking), the age I'm going to be turning this year is somewhat more exciting than the year itself because it's more directly accurate to my reason for excitement, but the date on which I happened to join is a rather happy coincedence. If I had done it on purpose, I would have joined in February.
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Postby Memnoch » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:26 pm UTC

Mine would be 1. Simple true, but the elegance you cannot deny.

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Postby Joshua » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:37 pm UTC

4, 8, 15, 16 ...
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Postby OCR » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:42 pm UTC

I used to like 11, until I got an amp that goes up to 12. It blew my mind, because I could keep my amp at 11 and then if I needed a little bit more, I could go right on ahead to 12.
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Postby German Sausage » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:47 pm UTC

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it's the middle.
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Postby space_raptor » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:51 pm UTC

C.

16 is a good one too.
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Postby WhiteRabbit » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:02 pm UTC

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Postby Root5 » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:13 pm UTC

Mine is definately root5 (2.236067977...). It can be used to find the value of phi, not to mention it makes a good rhyming scheme. It has 606 stuck in there pretty early, which is the name of a pretty good drum machine. It's just awsome.

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Postby TheTankengine » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:18 pm UTC

Ren wrote:5. Cranking things to eleven is badass.


You could have just put this reason and you would still be winning.
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Postby McLurker » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:24 pm UTC

A Googolplex (which I heard about well before the famous search engine was invented).

I love the concept of one followed by a googol zeroes.

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Postby Memnoch » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:30 pm UTC

McLurker wrote:A Googolplex (which I heard about well before the famous search engine was invented).

I love the concept of one followed by a googol zeroes.


But what about a one followed by a googleplex of zeroes?

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Postby McLurker » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:36 pm UTC

Also known as a Googolplexian.

It's going a bit far, methinks.

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Postby Memnoch » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:39 pm UTC

True, that's why I prefer the single one. It simply........works.

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Postby darry » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:08 pm UTC

135 has been my favourite for a long time now. i notice it in places, and since i started noticing it, it's fun to see if crop up. i know it doesn't appear any more that other numbers, but when you're subconsciously looking for it, it seems like it does. fun. also, i recently found out, in the dewey decimal sytem it means "dreams and mysteries" - spiritual, man! it's three digits are all primes as well, which i guess is cool.

as a child i always liked 35 (green and red) and 75 (red and yellow). don't know why they make those colours, but they do in my head. i guess i have a thing for odd numbers, which is bizarre seeing as i like really neat division. but i do like dividing by 5, so i guess they make sense.

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Postby Phenriz » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:11 pm UTC

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Postby Lani » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:19 pm UTC

The 8 is the sexiest of all the numbers.

You can't help but notice its voluptuous curves and hourglass figure. Its symmetry pleases the eye. It is the beautiful simplicity of being the outcome of 2^3.

It's also the number of beats in a swing out, the basic move for the swing dance Lindy Hop. :D


(Edit: I'm mildly surprised no one has said 69 yet. That actually pleases me.)
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Postby djn » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:20 pm UTC

darry wrote:135 has been my favourite for a long time now. i notice it in places, and since i started noticing it, it's fun to see if crop up. i know it doesn't appear any more that other numbers, but when you're subconsciously looking for it, it seems like it does. fun. also, i recently found out, in the dewey decimal sytem it means "dreams and mysteries" - spiritual, man! it's three digits are all primes as well, which i guess is cool.

as a child i always liked 35 (green and red) and 75 (red and yellow). don't know why they make those colours, but they do in my head. i guess i have a thing for odd numbers, which is bizarre seeing as i like really neat division. but i do like dividing by 5, so i guess they make sense.

awesome.


135 is the "stop graphics mode" character on the ABC80 8-bit basic computer. It means that characters after it are to be displayed with the normal (ascii-like) glyphs and not the graphical ones [1]. Its opposite is 151, "start graphics mode". (I wasn't even born when the ABC80 reached peak production, but I got an old one when I was ... 8?)


Oh, and I'm also fond of 12, it's very convenient. (60 as well, for added 5-ness, but it's a bit large.) Doesn't mean I don't prefer the metric system for everything, but I see the point of systems with 12 subunits.


[1] Each character cell split into 2x3 pixels, monochrome. Each of the 64 permutations mapped to the graphics mode of some normal symbol.

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Postby gmalivuk » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:32 pm UTC

The continued fraction gotten by taking the decimal digits of pi, one at a time.

Or g_66. It's two iterations farther along than Graham's number, and thus >>>> the xkcd number, A(g_64,g_64). (Yes, g_65 is also much, much bigger than the xkcd number, but why go one step above it when you can go two?)

A googolplexian is clearly, then, not going nearly far enough.

Even 3^^^3 has more than a googolplexian digits. It also has way more than a googolplexian digits in its number of digits. (Which remains true for more than a million more iterations of this process.) The number of times you would have to apply log_3 to 3^^^3 in order to get a number less than or equal to 1 is 3^27. In other words, the number of base-3 digits in the number of base-3 digits in ... (3^27 - 6 or so times) this number is still bigger than a googolplexian.

g_1 is 3^^^^3 = 3^^^(3^^^3), and thus forms a power tower of 3's far, far more than a googolplexian stories high. Far, far more than 3^^^3 stories high, in fact. (This latter would be the much smaller number 3^^(3^^^3), which has the same sort of relationship to g_1 as a googol has to a googolplexian. Only far, far more disparate.)

g_(n+1) = 3^^...(g_n up-arrows)...^^3.

For the record, a googolplexian is only 10^(10^(10^(10^2))). 3^^^3, on the other hand, is a power tower of threes, 3^27 stories high.
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Postby OmnipotentEntity » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:35 pm UTC

17 here.

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Seventeen, for it is truly the number of the gods.


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Postby Jesse » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:02 pm UTC

246 × 320 × 59 × 76 × 112 × 133 × 17 × 19 × 23 × 29 × 31 × 41 × 47 × 59 × 71 = 808 017 424 794 512 875 886 459 904 961 710 757 005 754 368 000 000 000 ~ 8 x 1053

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Postby jamessw » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:09 pm UTC

Ren wrote:5. Cranking things to eleven is badass.

Unless you have my stereo, when 11 is nowhere near badass enough.

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