Freeform Katia

April 18, 2008

numbers

Filed under: musings — Tags: — freeformkatia @ 1:03 pm

I’ve been fascinated lately about the general proclivity for people to use “even” numbers. It’s all so arbitrary — heating up a cup of coffee for 50 seconds. Why 50? Why not 52? I was thinking about this other day while I was heating up Maja’s milk for 44 seconds. Why 44? Because then I just have to push one button twice, and not move my hand around on the number pad. I know it sounds dumb — but really, who says I have to use 40 or 45?

This brings me to another number related topic that I was talking to Richard about the other day — birthdays. I am a “prime number” baby — I was born on a prime # day in a prime # month in a prime # year. Richard, on the other hand, is a totally even numbered baby in day, month & year. Our children, interestingly, are a mix: Maja has 2 evens and 1 prime; Madeleine has 2 primes and 1 dividable odd.

I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on this with regards to personality types?

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3 Comments »

  1. I haven’t seen much in the way of scientific studies, but numerology (like astrology, but with numbers) has some things to say about primes.

    Comment by balladofyoko — April 18, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  2. I do the same thing with the microwave – heat up the baby food for 11 seconds, not 10, or whatever. Saves a “keystroke”, as it were. I think it was my dad who trained me to do that…

    Comment by Ann — April 18, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  3. I microwave my soup for 79 seconds. I like prime numbers.

    Comment by Jon — April 25, 2008 @ 8:43 am


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