is a text (often an inscription
), in which certain letters, construed as Roman numerals, express a date via the sum of their numerical values. For example, the sentence ‘L
s,’ printed on a pamphlet might indicate its year of publication as (L + D + V + M + C + I + V + V =) 1666. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch
on Nov 30, 2012 -
Am I supposed to be laughing or taking notes?
Comic Charles Fleischer, who played Carvelli on Welcome Back, Kotter
and voiced Roger Rabbit, gives a Ted talk
which degenerates into what appears to be a dissertation about the number 37 and its relationship to string theory, delivered in a rapidly shifting sequence of accents; watch the audience get more and more uncomfortable as they try to figure out whether they're watching a stand-up routine, a Kaufmannesque prank, or a guy going crazy right before their eyes. TED should have known what they were getting; Fleischer has been performing some form of this routine for decades
. (Warning: numbered suit.) Transcript of the routine. Fleischer's strange myspace page.
(Warning: strange music/talking on click which I can't figure out how to turn off.)
posted by escabeche
on Aug 12, 2010 -
Just in case you haven't already heard about it, people all over the world have been experiencing the most amazing phenomenon in the history of our planet. I suggest that you click on The Rainbow Chamber link
posted by mrgrimm
on Nov 11, 2008 -
Mentioned in this post
in the context of a "good or evil" algorithm, gematria (גימטריה) is actually Jewish numerology, assigning values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and establishing mystical correspondences. It's basic to kabbalistic works like the Zohar
, and you can get detailed analysis here
. But we both know what you really want to do is plug words into a text box and get the result instantly, right? Here you go
. And to start you off, METAFILTER = 299 [מטאילטר] according to the traditional system; according to The Gematria of Nothing
, it's 31. Take your pick.
posted by languagehat
on Aug 1, 2005 -