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Postby Sandry » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:12 pm UTC

27 is my favourite. I've long been a fan of the numbers two, three and seven in general, and putting two of them together for a combination that ends up as a perfect cube is all good by me. I think most of the reason I like the number is just the action of writing it, though.
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Postby Trevor » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:15 pm UTC

I'm a fan of 21.
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Postby Pero » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:51 pm UTC

I'd have to go with six. I don't know... I just seems friendly some how. And a bit extravagant. I can't really find anything wrong with it. It's pretty much perfect.
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Postby Brian » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:55 pm UTC

8.

One is just lonely.
With two, there's always a chance for one to get tired of the other.
With three, it's just a dramafest.
With four, that's two couples, it's just like three except the third is already taken.
With five, one will always be lonely or its still no better than three.
With six, one couple will always be left out.
With seven, well, odd numbers just suck.
But with eight, a healthy, happy community can be maintained. Two sets of two couples. It's beautiful.

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Postby bavardage » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:47 pm UTC

jamessw wrote:My favourite number is 4. I just like the look of it.


...how can you say that! 4 is all square and has sharp corners. 3 is a much better number, and so is 7. 3 is all fantastically curvy and seven has a shape that 3 fits into oh-so-nicely (7 is like a smooth cornered rectangle with a half of a 3-shape cut out of it at the top.)

It's a tad wierd but I seem to have given all of the numbers up to 9 shapes.

All numbers written as binary are acceptable though - 4 is ok written as 0100

So to summarise.
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Postby Sprocket » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:51 pm UTC

Joshua wrote:4, 8, 15, 16 ...
err..
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Pero wrote:I'd have to go with six. I don't know... I just seems friendly some how. And a bit extravagant. I can't really find anything wrong with it. It's pretty much perfect.

it's Bert from Sesame Street's favorite number too. It used to be mine, but then I got OCD when I was in middle school and OCD people have a tendency towards superstition. I'm still freaked out by 18 because it's 6 x 3. Or any number that can be so derived.

My favorite number became the same as Sandry's simply because when I'd be in a situation to pick a number, it would always pop in to my head.
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Postby Alisto » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:19 pm UTC

I like 3. That's how many lives you were given in most video games when I was growing up, it's great for comedy (the third thing in a list is always the joke/punchline), and I just like it. It's a good number.
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:35 pm UTC

If I could choose, 3. Otherwise I don't really have a favorite number, but as to 3...

3/4 is not "Common Time." 4/4 is.
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Postby BOB SAGET » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:00 pm UTC

Three =]


Three deffinately isn't a crowd.

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Postby Pero » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:06 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:it's Bert from Sesame Street's favorite number too


That is, of course, because Bert is awesome.

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Postby Twasbrillig » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:49 pm UTC

1728.

Or, obviously, 1337.

[edit] I'm the first one to put 1337? What the F!? [/stupid David Blaine guy]
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Postby blarg(!) » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:30 pm UTC

Joshua wrote:4, 8, 15, 16 ...
err..
:roll:

23,42!
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Postby Castaway » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:38 pm UTC

i like 1881 because it's completely reversible. Upside down, backwards, reflected, it's all the same. There are obviously other numbers like it, but i like 1881.

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Postby gmalivuk » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:42 am UTC

Three is another good one, as I was thinking on my way to buy food for lunch. (No, that last part is not relevant to anything in particular.)

In many ways, three is the smallest non-special-case number. Sure, base-2 can be used to express any number, just like ternary can be. But fields of characteristic 2 don't work quite the same way as other ones. And the 2-adics have some exceptions to them. And 2→2→n, for any positive n, is the same goddamn number. (That is, 2+2=2*2=2^2=etc...=4, which I suppose makes 2 interesting, but at the same time somewhat pathological.)

3, on the other hand, is a better small example for looking at properties of finite fields and p-adics. And the size of 3→3→n depends very much on n. 3 is the number of grammatical persons, and the smallest number that can refer to relations between things. (Two things, plus whatever kind of connection there is.)
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:20 am UTC

4, and 8999

4, because it is my birthday.
8999, because it is JUST SLIGHTLY UNDER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAND!!!!shift+0.9...!!!1!
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Postby Earlz » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:28 am UTC

I like the number 83, I see the number everywhere if I watch for it...and it's so weird because it's not any significant number of any sort...

also I like numbers that follow this pattern
94 83 72 61 50 49 38 27 16 05...(it repeats forever)

or if you don't realize this weird bit..
94 83 72 61 50
49 38 27 16 05

I actually liked the number 83 though before I discovered this pattern...
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Postby Trevor » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:30 am UTC

BOB SAGET wrote:Three =]


Smallest number in which you can have a minority. Fun.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:32 am UTC

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Postby WesDavid » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:55 am UTC

6. It is a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_number]perfect number[/b].

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Postby Twasbrillig » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:00 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:3 is the number of grammatical persons


I'm writing a book right now in 5th person. Every sentence starts with, "So I knew this guy who told somebody..."

It's very roundabout and gossipy.

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Earlz wrote:also I like numbers that follow this pattern
94 83 72 61 50 49 38 27 16 05...(it repeats forever)


Shouldn't that be 50, 39?
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Postby Earlz » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:08 am UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:3 is the number of grammatical persons


I'm writing a book right now in 5th person. Every sentence starts with, "So I knew this guy who told somebody..."

It's very roundabout and gossipy.

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Earlz wrote:also I like numbers that follow this pattern
94 83 72 61 50 49 38 27 16 05...(it repeats forever)


Shouldn't that be 50, 39?


ummm..no, why would it be...well, guess there is a pattern that it's -11 for everything except for 50 and 49....
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Postby Twasbrillig » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:14 am UTC

Earlz wrote:
Twasbrillig wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:3 is the number of grammatical persons


I'm writing a book right now in 5th person. Every sentence starts with, "So I knew this guy who told somebody..."

It's very roundabout and gossipy.

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Earlz wrote:also I like numbers that follow this pattern
94 83 72 61 50 49 38 27 16 05...(it repeats forever)


Shouldn't that be 50, 39?


ummm..no, why would it be...well, guess there is a pattern that it's -11 for everything except for 50 and 49....


Um... so you like the pattern, but there isn't really a pattern?
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:17 am UTC

The common logarithm of one thousand three hundred thirty-seven is definitely a contender for my favourite number.
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Postby Earlz » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:27 am UTC

there is a pattern...
94 83
decrease both digits by 1...it doesn't work with true math though..(I was 12 when I found it!)
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Postby parkaboy » Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:37 am UTC

oh i forgot my silly answer...

80085 HAHAHA.

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Postby qualex » Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:43 am UTC

11

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Postby elminster » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:55 pm UTC

3
My birthday is 03/06/86, with the largest common factor of the last digits of each part being 3. Noticed extremely early on in life.
No other reasons i can justify without the generic reasons.

Also i like pi, partly because it starts with a 3...
and partly because its odd that something so simple comes up with a never ending number. One of the simplest ratios that has a complex answer.
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Postby Bakemaster » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:48 pm UTC

I am very much a fan of 3. The concept of 3 allows for something between endpoints/extremes/limits—grey area, happy medium. The empirical, the transcendental and the metaxy. The structural integrity of a triangle. 3-dimensional perception. Trilogies in film and literature. Trios in music. Neapolitan ice cream. Maximum number of times you may shake it before you're playing with it.
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:55 pm UTC

Take that 11!

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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:56 pm UTC

Get out of your trilateral thinking! There's more than three sides to an issue, you know.

Also, I've always heard that three was when you started playing with it.
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Postby elminster » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:29 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I am very much a fan of 3. The concept of 3 allows for something between endpoints/extremes/limits—grey area, happy medium. The empirical, the transcendental and the metaxy. The structural integrity of a triangle. 3-dimensional perception. Trilogies in film and literature. Trios in music. Neapolitan ice cream. Maximum number of times you may shake it before you're playing with it.

Also 3 is the minimum number i use to refer to as a few. Since a pair or couple refer to 2.
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Postby AnonyMouse » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:29 pm UTC

4
there's a long story about why. early numerical trauma.
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Postby Mouffles » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:50 pm UTC

153
153=1^3+5^3+3^3
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Postby Jauss » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:21 pm UTC

Seven. 7. なな。しち。七。Siete. Sept. Sjö.

This monkey's gone to heaven... :)

I also like 3, 21, 5, and 8 a lot.

20 is cool too.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:34 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:This monkey's gone to heaven... :)


Bloodhound Gang? I always thought it was honky.

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Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:41 pm UTC

Jauss wrote:Seven. 7. なな。しち。七。Siete. Sept. Sjö.


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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:09 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Also, I've always heard that three was when you started playing with it.

Not according to Zappa. I defer to Zappa in most things.
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Postby Jauss » Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:00 am UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:
Jauss wrote:Seven. 7. なな。しち。七。Siete. Sept. Sjö.


Soch. tlhIngan Hol DaghajnIS.


Klingon, eh? :)
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