The Number 47

47, as wikipedia notes, is "the natural number following 46 and preceding 48". There are some other interesting things about the number:
  • There exists a 47 society... which propagates the belief that the number forty-seven occurs in nature with noticeably higher frequency than other natural numbers, that it is the quintessential random number.
  • The number 47, its reverse of 74, or a multiple of 47 occurs in some way or other in almost every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and its spin-offs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • 47 is the telephone dialing country code for Norway
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 29, 2008
     Category: Television

Life, the universe, everything :cheese:
Posted by jhwker in Kansas on 12/29/08 at 08:41 AM
syn·chro·nic·i·ty (sĭng'krə-nĭs'ĭ-tē, sĭn'-)
n. pl. syn·chro·nic·i·ties

1. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
2. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 12/29/08 at 08:42 AM
Seven down, forty to go.
Posted by Alex on 12/29/08 at 10:55 AM
You can find any number if you look for it. There are 47 keys on my keyboard that I use on a daily basis, if you don't count the doubles such as shift, alt, or the enter on the far right. My weekly commute to and from work is approximately 47 miles (I checked with Google Earth).
Posted by Matt in Florida on 12/29/08 at 12:31 PM
I watched quite a bit of the Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon that was on christmas day (that's right folks, I'm a dork!) and definitely did not notice the number 47.
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 12/29/08 at 12:35 PM
47 is Pomona College's (Claremont, CA) magic or lucky number. For example, there are 47 trees in the Quad. To get to the college from Ontario Airport, you take Rte 10 to Exit 47, and so forth.

One of the writers for TNG was a Pomona grad, which is why there are more than a few referenced to 47. Or so I've been told.

Here ends your edification for the night! :cheese:
Posted by Leshka on 12/29/08 at 07:56 PM
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