Sound Destruction: WHY 47?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

WHY 47?

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47 has always been my favorite number, probably because it's my birthday. Hubby thinks I'm nutty because I'll notice it everywhere we go.

Me: "Look, we're passing mile marker 47!"
Hubby: "Yeah, and...."
Me: "Well, it's 47, isn't that cool?!"
Hubby: "Um, sure, hon."

Lately we've been catching up on the first 3 seasons of Alias (thanks for the loan, Moxie & Kid B!) and damn, there are a lot of references to 47! I've been trying to find out why JJ Abrams (creator of Alias) is as obviously obsessed with this number as I am. I ruled out his birthday. But in my search I did learn that the CIA (focal part of Alias for those of you who don't watch it) was established in 1947. And I found out there's a 47 Society where other freaks like me dork out over 47 sightings too. So is JJ Abrams or his writing staff members of and paying homage in their writing to this society? Apparently the Star Trek writers were back in the day.

Answers, I need answers....


Blogger araider said...

how is 47 your b-day?
you aren't much older than Strider,
If I remember correctly.

12:45 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

I think Abrams is just latching onto that 47 thing because all the other math/sci-fi geeks do it.

It's one of those weird things that people think is some strange phenomenon, but it really isn't.

Very cool to hear you're an Alias freak, though!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

help, you need help....

2:12 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Something else to consider is Abrams' fascination with numerical significance in general. Perhaps his exposure to Sar's Cult of 47 led to the emphasis on numbers in Lost.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

August 47th?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Araider - um, that would be APRIL 7. Those silly Raider fans. ;)

TLM - Could it be we actually have something in common? Kidding of course. Kid Bastard actually encouraged me to start watching it this past season (4), so I did and thought it was pretty good. I'm all the way up to the 3rd episode of season 3** and you're right, I am truly an Alias freak now!

Nedhead - I'm pretty sure that was already established. I did grow up with Strider, afterall!

Welcome to SD, Chris! All - Chris is one of my gifted writer friends. You can find his short stories showcased on his blog, Spontaneous Fiction (see blogroll) and links to the comics he's authored. Anyway, Chris, you're right, JJ Abrams does use 47 a bit in LOST, but I've also learned that 23 is the number of significance for that show.

Doug - huh?

**Speaking about the significance of numbers, my daughters are 3 years, 3 months apart, and were both born 3 days early. Wonder what three 3's means...

4:18 PM  
Blogger araider said...

isn't hubby a raider fan?

4:48 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

You said your birthday was 47. I'm asking of which month? If "Shoe" is in the Devil's Dictionary, look for it in early April.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Araider - Yep, Hubby is indeed a Raider fan. But he fits the bill too, as he tells everyone he calls me "hon" in case he forgets my name. ;)

Doug - Ah, I see. And if not found under shoe, try stilletto.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Aye Aye

6:43 PM  
Blogger strider said...

sar is nuts with this 4-7 thing. its weird.

we all kind of go", yeah...ok." to her whenever she says something about it. we don't even notice it any longer.

araider - call me...oh and from a previous comment...johnny depp rules! along with tim robbins, sean penn and susan sarandon (to name a few)

7:05 PM  
Blogger araider said...

Dear Strider,
I ve been trying to get in touch with you for a long time.
Give me your damn phone number!

7:26 PM  
Blogger araider said...

all actors need to shut up and act even the republican ones.
Susan Sarandon and Babs are not helping anyone but themselves for more fame and promotion to stay in the limelight. Just look at Al Franken, Stuart Smalley is a fag.
Even though I think Janine Garafolo is sexy as long as she doesn't open her mouth about politics

7:32 PM  
Blogger strider said...

i just e-mailed you raider

7:42 PM  
Blogger araider said...

johnny depp lives in France and talks bad about my country. He is a traitor. You can't trash a country if you don't live here.
He is a frog and can't be trusted. I liked him in 21 jump street.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

He's still on my list. ;)

8:03 PM  
Blogger araider said...

Nobody can live up to Gene Wilder.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Araider - Gene Wilder As Willie Wonka? Agreed. However, the list to which I refer has all to do with Willies and Wonkas but not Willie Wonka.

8:30 PM  
Blogger araider said...

who are willies and wonkas?

8:32 PM  
Blogger araider said...

BOYCOTT FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:36 PM  
Blogger SheaNC said...

Um, how did you attract this poor "araider" troll? Is that stuff for real?

12:07 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...


10:03 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

Shea - araider's not a troll, just a misguided right-wing nut who Strider happens to know from yester-year.

Nedhead - That may be, but what do you know, you're a Bronco's fan! (araider - I'm sure you can do much better than that...)

11:48 AM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

23 is even weirder. Robert Anton Wilson has alot to say about it.


2:53 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Gabe - I plan on exploring the number 23. Thus far when I think of 23, I think of Michael Jordan, Don Mattingly and Bruce Driver (former Devil's hockey player). Hey, hubby doesn't call me his sports wife for nothin! ;)

It is strange that I would be so facinated by numbers when I am so horribly, terribly, ungifted in their use. In other words, I just flat out suck at math.

4:52 PM  

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