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The 4-8-15-16-23-42 meme

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

What have I got to lose? (Actually, I can't believe nobody's done this already.) Pass it along!

ETA, 11:10 CST - What it's all about: These numbers won't mean much to you if you don't watch the ABC television show Lost, but they are Hurley's "cursed" numbers. They bring strange luck: a charmed life for some, a trasked one for others. I just like to mix it up a little.

ETA, 11:10 CST - The fine art of living vicariously: lonsolo remarked two nights ago when I said that I had too much work, and would have to miss Daranacon 2005, that he admired my ability to live vicariously. As some of my other friends would put it: some are born to the ability, and some have it thrust upoon them. At any rate, guess what? A student I recommended for a year's study abroad just came in to thank me and tell me he got in... to the University of Hawaii. *whee*



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Mar. 18th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Eh... what?
Mar. 18th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
See the edit above.

Mar. 18th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
The #42 has an awful lot of significance in Judaism as you can read here. There's a passage in the Talmud that says that he who has the 42 letter name of God inherits both this world and the world to come.
Mar. 18th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Talmud - Mas. Kiddushin 71a - The forty-two lettered Name is entrusted only to him who is pious, meek, middle-aged, free from bad temper, sober, and not insistent on his rights. And he who knows it, is heedful thereof, and observes it in purity, is beloved above and popular below, feared by man, and inherits two worlds, this world and the future world.
Mar. 20th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
God, the Universe, and Everything
Thanks for this and the follow-up link!
Might I add, I admire your dedication to the mystical aspect of religion. Numerological significance has always baffled me, even when it's purely secular as in the famous anecdote about Ramanujan and Hardy.
I [G. H. Hardy] remember once going to see him [Ramanujan] when he was lying ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi-cab No. 1729, and remarked that the number (7·13·19) seemed to be rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavourable omen. "No", he replied, "it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two [positive] cubes in two different ways."

OK, back to writing!

Mar. 18th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, so Lost is the explanation for the numbers, but what's the meme? Just posting a string of numbers isn't much of a meme... or am I completely failing to get it?
Mar. 18th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
4-8-15-16-23-42 in a nutshell
Okay, so Lost is the explanation for the numbers, but what's the meme? Just posting a string of numbers isn't much of a meme... or am I completely failing to get it?

The numbers are a meme on the show. Insane people chant it under their breath. A character uses them and wins over $50M in the lottery, then is plagued by stange luck wherein he lives a charmed life while everyone around him seems to be cursed. The very plane crash that sets up the scenario for the show is arguably related to this curse. Then the numbers are discovered on the island, having afflicted a generation of castaways who were there 16 years before... and that's where we are now.

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Mar. 20th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Engrish LoTR
Have you see the fake ones from alt.fan.tolkien?

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