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January 22, 2007 11:44 PM   Subscribe

The Number 23 has a movie. It's been associated with everything from conspiracy theory to historical and scientific fact, and now the obsession of thousands of Discordians and worshippers of Eris (not to mention KLF fans) is the specific subject of a movie directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey. It comes out in February. I don't think I need to tell you which day.
posted by deusdiabolus (70 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
My birthday is 8/15. It would be even cooler if I'd been born one year later, in 1976.
posted by Shecky at 11:54 PM on January 22, 2007


And then Bob Wilson "died" and nobody even cared enough to FPP it here except for maybe, like, five people.

Shortly before this, Dr Pepper rolled out their new ad campaign emphasizing the "23 flavors" found in their product, with the people in the commercials seeing 23s all over the place. All the new cans have a big 23 right underneath the logo.

(I'm glad RAW was at least "alive" for that, and the Eris planet.)
posted by First Post at 12:00 AM on January 23, 2007


Hm, I think the number 23 already has a movie. But it could always do with another one, even if Jim Carrey is involved.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 12:01 AM on January 23, 2007


My birthday is on the 23rd. And the digits of the year do add up to 23.

As for the month: Its on the anniversary of the beginning of the Universe.

You can't get a cooler birthday than that.
posted by vacapinta at 12:02 AM on January 23, 2007


That website - not the movie one - the conspiracy one - is truly awesome. Check the NASA link for more on the 333 from a few posts down! Conspiracy sites rule.

Time to revisit the efficacy of tinfoil hats!
posted by serazin at 12:03 AM on January 23, 2007


Being born on the 17th, I've always been on the look out for occurrences of the number 17, and have concluded that it was sort of an anti-23 in that it rarely seems to show up in great disasters and events, and is sort of an unremarkable prime number. Robert Anton Wilson even noted a connection between the numbers 17 and 23 as the "23/17 phenomenon". Although when I try to explain to people "Do you notice how many major events in the world don't involve the number 17?" they express disinterest.
posted by bobo123 at 12:08 AM on January 23, 2007


I think that Jim Carrey's best performances are behind him.
posted by donkeymon at 12:11 AM on January 23, 2007


Pshaaa, 42 is such a better number.
posted by crashlanding at 12:15 AM on January 23, 2007


Hmm, I was also born on the 23rd. This explains the state of confusion.
posted by IronLizard at 12:17 AM on January 23, 2007


Yes, but if you reverse 42 into 24, which is the year of my birth added up and subtract one, you get 23. This dovetails nicely with everything else. Oh, and everything you've ever been told about the way the universe works is wrong (thankfully).
posted by IronLizard at 12:19 AM on January 23, 2007


I was born on the 23rd of the 5th month (2+3=5), with 23 letters in my full name.
I've had a "thing" with 23 as long as I can remember.
This post is not good for me...
posted by numlok at 12:33 AM on January 23, 2007


This is my 423 favorited item.

This is 23.


e23
posted by loquacious at 12:39 AM on January 23, 2007


Robert Anton Wilson even noted a connection between the numbers 17 and 23 as the "23/17 phenomenon"
 posted by bobo123


75% eponysterical.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:41 AM on January 23, 2007


12:50, press return.
posted by dreamsign at 12:43 AM on January 23, 2007


Feb. 23, my birthday!!
posted by zardoz at 12:44 AM on January 23, 2007


Awesome, it's my birthday.
posted by mullingitover at 12:48 AM on January 23, 2007


Robert Anton Wilson died on my birthday. :(
posted by deusdiabolus at 12:55 AM on January 23, 2007


Michael Jordan?
posted by jeyoung at 12:57 AM on January 23, 2007


What a load of shit.
posted by slimepuppy at 12:59 AM on January 23, 2007


12:50, press return.
posted by dreamsign at 12:43 AM PST on January 23


It's been a good while since I had that song stuck in my head.
posted by M Edward at 2:20 AM on January 23, 2007


damnit, I don't care about that crap-ass lookin' movie, why can't I right-click on those mp3 names in that fusion-anomaly link and save all of them to my 'puter!? damn and blast!

i thought that site went offline for good ages ago.
posted by loquacious at 2:34 AM on January 23, 2007


In the movie "Babe", the pig is the 23rd contestant in the sheepdog trials.

OMG! That explains everything!
posted by effwerd at 4:09 AM on January 23, 2007


23rd comment!

I am with the Illuminati, that's how I did that.
posted by moonbird at 4:16 AM on January 23, 2007


What about 47 in Star Trek?
posted by GavinR at 4:29 AM on January 23, 2007


have i mentioned how annoying this was for me? i came up with a similar idea years ago and it too involved the number 23. heck, it was even based on my experiences seeing 23 everywhere. it's in my passport number, my driver's license, my social security number...!

and i'm fairly certain no one here will believe me :P
posted by thedak at 5:25 AM on January 23, 2007


Hey, who invited the Temple ov Psychick Youth to this party?

Relatedly, 17 is the least random number.
posted by mkb at 5:29 AM on January 23, 2007


Unless your comment is intended as self-referential, slimepuppy, I'm not sure I understand it, and even then the relevance escapes me. Perhaps I lack sufficient ingenuity.
posted by motty at 5:46 AM on January 23, 2007


bobo123:
Being born on the 17th, I've always been on the look out for occurrences of the number 17, and have concluded that it was sort of an anti-23 in that it rarely seems to show up in great disasters and events, and is sort of an unremarkable prime number.

I would say that something momentous happened in the year 1917. FWIW.
posted by graymouser at 5:48 AM on January 23, 2007


23
posted by kirkaracha at 5:49 AM on January 23, 2007


OMG
posted by slimepuppy at 6:02 AM on January 23, 2007


i was born on 9/14
posted by empath at 6:04 AM on January 23, 2007


From the website that movie looks like a shitty hybrid of LOST and MEMENTO. Plus Joel Schumacher, yikes.
posted by chococat at 6:13 AM on January 23, 2007


Warehouse 23 Manifest
-------------------------------------------
Level 5 Item #65782

You open one of the 1005 boxes on this floor and find...
Happiness.
posted by loquacious at 6:13 AM on January 23, 2007


My theory on this is that people tend to find primes more interesting than non-primes, and 23 and 17 are the first examples of primes that don't necessarily show up in one's everyday life. (Or rather, they seem as if there's no reason for them to. Of course they do, and that's the point of apophenia.) Thus, they take on a rather mystical quality.

This prime/nonprime thing is a longstanding conjecture of mine, that I often find validated, because I am looking for it to be (in the spirit of obsession with nonsensical ideas). However, it always seems like, for instance, something is funnier and/or more interesting if you insert a prime number rather than a non-prime. That is, "17 hojillion" is a lot more impressive than "10 hojillion".
posted by TypographicalError at 6:17 AM on January 23, 2007


Oddly enough, I had a dream involving this movie last night. (I've seen the trailer a couple times).

Not that I believe in any of this crap.
posted by Alex404 at 6:36 AM on January 23, 2007


This is so stupid.

Everybody knows 27 is the ultimate number.
posted by designbot at 6:44 AM on January 23, 2007


This movie is going to be so shit it'll set a new low standard for Joel Scumacher. And that's saying something.

I saw the trailer a few months back and burst out laughing. Only Joel could get a movie made about an obscure-ish meme that peaked 15 years ago.
posted by dobbs at 7:02 AM on January 23, 2007


Youze are all crazy. Everyone knows 24 is the highest number.
posted by tittergrrl at 7:32 AM on January 23, 2007


I was born on the 23rd too.
posted by drezdn at 7:39 AM on January 23, 2007


Why the fuck did they have to go and ruin a perfectly good subterranean trope? Now I hafta think of Jim Fucking Carrey every time I let my fond WSB/Throbbing Gristle/etc. memories out of their box?

Fuck, what's next? 93?
posted by adamgreenfield at 7:40 AM on January 23, 2007


They should have decided to release it on May 23.
posted by jb at 7:51 AM on January 23, 2007 [3 favorites]


And yes, primes are innately interesting. 23 and 17 are the two of the best. 31 is also pretty good. Better than 29, but I don't know why.
posted by jb at 7:55 AM on January 23, 2007


Please don't let them fuck with 93.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:56 AM on January 23, 2007


i was born on 9/14

Meee tooooo! Or at least that's what They told me.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:03 AM on January 23, 2007


24 reasons why I won't be seeing this.
posted by mckenney at 8:11 AM on January 23, 2007


Alls I'm sayin' is 24. Twenty-four, fuggidit about it.
posted by Heminator at 8:18 AM on January 23, 2007


I just got a CHILL
posted by wfc123 at 8:24 AM on January 23, 2007


I hear Tim Allen is playing Aleister Crowley and they've gotten Luke Wilson to play David Tibet in the upcoming movie Thelema and Louise.
posted by everichon at 8:48 AM on January 23, 2007 [4 favorites]


Written and directed by Chris Columbus.
posted by everichon at 8:50 AM on January 23, 2007


What we really need is a little 420.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:35 AM on January 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


I remember asking Jon Auer from the the Posies, "Why Dear 23?" And getting an answer kind of like the second link in the fpp. He had a pin with a blue meanie on it, with the number 23 superimposed.
posted by hamfisted at 9:38 AM on January 23, 2007


everichon, I know you're joking, but I still threw up a little in my mouth. Well done!
posted by malocchio at 9:43 AM on January 23, 2007


World Champion 23
posted by matteo at 11:33 AM on January 23, 2007


i was born on 3/23. not that it matters... ;)
posted by walljm at 12:28 PM on January 23, 2007


Unfortunately my mefi id is not prime. But my neighbor KevinSkomsvold is.
posted by vacapinta at 12:32 PM on January 23, 2007


Also user #2323 is sassydoppelganger who joined on November 23.

They made one comment but it must have been written in invisible ink.
posted by vacapinta at 12:34 PM on January 23, 2007


I'm more of a 420 fan myself.......
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal at 2:23 PM on January 23, 2007


I saw the movie poster for this. So that's what it's about, but Jim Carrey¿
The scariest was The Cable Guy. Bloody scary indeed.

Bring back the Fire Marshall Jim.

Too reminiscent of the movie 7.


As for those obsessed with numbers... I knew a few people who became increasingly obsessed with numbers. One went right off the deep end. Right off. The other was already there.


You can believe whatever you want to, I suppose. Grab anything and string it into something.

Never knew about Discordians, but what of 86'ed.


I third the motion 420.
Now that's a fact.
so there.
posted by alicesshoe at 5:39 PM on January 23, 2007


The more I look for the number 5, the more I find it.
posted by Nelson at 7:48 PM on January 23, 2007


Any single digit is easy to find everywhere. When you get to two digits the frequency, obviously, drops off sharply. Yet if you watch for 23, you will see it much more often than any other 2-digit number.

Don't believe me? Take note of every 23 for five days, absolutely every single one you notice. Write them down in a notebook, or just in hatchmarks on the back of your hand. Then pick another 2-digit number and try it again. Then come back to this thread and report your results.
posted by soyjoy at 9:31 PM on January 23, 2007


Shouldn't this have been released on 2/3, not 2/23? What's 223?
posted by Caviar at 9:31 PM on January 23, 2007


Apartment 223? You just think he was a Baptist minister. Behind that door he was busy calling forth the old ones.
posted by loquacious at 9:58 PM on January 23, 2007


Oh wow! Numerology! How interesting! Cram it up your ass!
posted by tehloki at 3:29 AM on January 24, 2007


Don't believe me? Take note of every 23 for five days, absolutely every single one you notice. Write them down in a notebook, or just in hatchmarks on the back of your hand. Then pick another 2-digit number and try it again. Then come back to this thread and report your results.

Alternatively, you could get a life.
posted by ninthart at 6:41 AM on January 24, 2007


You forgot numbers that add up to 23, or numbers that are multiples of 23, or numbers that look like 23, or numbers that rhyme with 23, and all that other contrived numerology bullshit that people seem to be so fascinated with.
posted by tehloki at 6:58 AM on January 24, 2007


The composer Alban Berg had a huge thing for the number 23. He called it his "fateful number"
posted by ob at 10:39 AM on January 24, 2007


Wow, "get a life!" Apparently while I'm into 23, you're into the 80s! To each his own.
posted by soyjoy at 6:58 PM on January 25, 2007


I had a instructor at a math camp I went to who was obsessed with the number 17. For every interesting 23 you could come up with, her could easily come up with two or more 17s.

Why don't we get all excited about 19?
posted by Hactar at 11:02 PM on January 26, 2007


You tell that instructor to meet me at the corner of Market & Latimer Street and we'll have a number-off. It's the only way to settle this.
posted by soyjoy at 10:25 PM on January 27, 2007


zomg! I just realized that prime numbers have no factors other than 1 and themself! Profaund Brakethroo!
posted by tehloki at 8:45 AM on January 29, 2007


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