April 18, 2006 8:16 AM   Subscribe

And on my 27th birthday, how appropriate!
posted by splatta at 8:17 AM on April 18, 2006


I have nothing else meaningful to contribute
posted by poppo at 8:21 AM on April 18, 2006

Reading this comment closely, you will notice that I have used exactly twenty seven words to get my point across, which is pretty eerie, don't you think?
posted by billysumday at 8:25 AM on April 18, 2006

I don't know. Is don't 1, 1.5, or 2 words, technically?
posted by Tikirific at 8:31 AM on April 18, 2006

Punctuation throws it all off.
posted by OmieWise at 8:33 AM on April 18, 2006

See also: 23, 42, any other number you care to pick.
posted by Artw at 8:33 AM on April 18, 2006

OMG that is one third of the lost numbers! http://www.4815162342.com/forum/
posted by poppo at 8:39 AM on April 18, 2006

Now I really have nothing left to contribute
posted by poppo at 8:40 AM on April 18, 2006

if cant be said in 27 char, dont bo
posted by jfuller at 8:41 AM on April 18, 2006

A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness.
posted by jdfan at 8:42 AM on April 18, 2006

Pfft. All the cool people know 23 is the conspiracy number. 27 wishes it was 23.
posted by quite unimportant at 8:51 AM on April 18, 2006

You know, the craziest thing is, 27 is Catch 22 + 5.
posted by malaprohibita at 8:52 AM on April 18, 2006

Did you do a lot of acid back in the hippy days, jdfan?
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:57 AM on April 18, 2006

The Law of Fives.
posted by JeremyT at 8:59 AM on April 18, 2006

You are an educated singularity idiot who can stupidily deny Nature's Harmonic 27 simultaneous 27 hour days within a single rotation of Earth
posted by Gamblor at 9:01 AM on April 18, 2006

This is a different
kind of poem that
doesn't have just seventeen
syllables; it must
have ten more than that.
posted by Plutor at 9:08 AM on April 18, 2006

I knew 27 was an important age for some reason.... Well, I just turned 28 in March, so I guess I'm never going to be a rock star.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:09 AM on April 18, 2006

Wow, so I guess coincidence does equal causality after all. And here I was thinking I had this all figured out. Silly me.
posted by doctor_negative at 9:12 AM on April 18, 2006

And I'm posting this at 9:27 AM! Oh my god!

oh, wait, not I'm not
posted by davejay at 9:40 AM on April 18, 2006

So, here I am - a Mefite for over a year now - patiently waiting for an idea interesting enough that I can offer it as my first post...

...and I was logging in with it the whole time!

I suck at Metafilter.
posted by 27 at 9:49 AM on April 18, 2006


Thread 27 was posted on July 15, 1999.

That's 07/15/1999
07+15+1=23; 9+9+9=27

OMG!!! Teh Metafilter is possessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by slogger at 10:00 AM on April 18, 2006

I prefer 47.
posted by magodesky at 10:11 AM on April 18, 2006

a human ejaculation travels at 27 mph
Porsche owners are slower.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:13 AM on April 18, 2006

The true conspiracy number is a bazillion.

I've said too much.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:22 AM on April 18, 2006

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posted by If I Had An Anus at 10:30 AM on April 18, 2006

gasp! from wikipedia:

"The first true commercially licensed UHF television station on the air was KPTV/Channel 27 (now VHF Channel 12) in Portland, Oregon on September 18, 1952."

it's all true!
posted by hypocritical ross at 10:32 AM on April 18, 2006

I mean... you know... the Weird Al Part is anyway.

posted by hypocritical ross at 10:33 AM on April 18, 2006

gasp! from wikipedia:

"The first true commercially licensed UHF television station on the air was KPTV/Channel 27 (now VHF Channel 12) in Portland, Oregon on September 18, 1952."

it's all true!
posted by hypocritical ross at 1:32 PM EST on April 18 [!]

The magic post.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:34 AM on April 18, 2006

the hebrew alphabet only has 22 letters.
posted by Silky Slim at 10:43 AM on April 18, 2006

the hebrew alphabet only has twenty two letters.
posted by Silky Slim at 10:45 AM on April 18, 2006

These guys ain't got nothing on Hamish and crew.
posted by Mikey-San at 11:06 AM on April 18, 2006


I have nothing else meaningful to contribute
posted by poppo at 8:21 AM PST on April 18 [!]

Holy cow! I went to high school with that guy.
posted by dontoine at 11:13 AM on April 18, 2006

posted by Dormant Gorilla at 11:24 AM on April 18, 2006

Just a top of my head critique:

# the number of straight lines on any cubic surface is 27
Huh? I count 12 lines to make a cube. And what does it mean "on any cubic surface?"

# if you add the numbers between 2 and 7 the result is 27
3 + 4 + 5 + 6 = 18

# the largest number which is also the sum of the digits in its cube is 27
What does this mean?

# the number of pieces in a rubik's cube is 27
There are 54 faces in a Rubik's cube, and there are 26 external cubes that can be rotated. I can't imagine they are rotated by one piece.
# the number of letters in the greek alphabet is 27
don't know
# the number of letters in the hebrew alphabet is 27
't'isn't true
# the number of letters in the spanish alphabet is 27
there are 29. ch, rr, and enye being the extra ones. w and k are mainly used in foreign adopted words, however.
# the moon takes 27 days to orbit the earth
27.3 days but I'll allow this one.
# the sun revolves on its axis every 27 days
25 days at its equator, 30-some days at its poles.
# it takes 27 days for a human cell to re-grow
um. . . which cell? Some aren't replaced, some are replaced much more quickly. And what does "regrow" mean for a human cell?
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 11:25 AM on April 18, 2006

Dammit, I said 27!
posted by OmieWise at 11:28 AM on April 18, 2006

The true conspiracy number is a bazillion.

I've said too much.

Wrong. It's a brazilian.
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:48 AM on April 18, 2006


> Huh? I count 12 lines to make a cube. And what does it mean "on any cubic surface?"

A cubic surface does not mean a cube.

> # if you add the numbers between 2 and 7 the result is 27
3 + 4 + 5 + 6 = 18

Inclusive. 2+3+4+5+6+7 = 27.

> # the largest number which is also the sum of the digits in its cube is 27
What does this mean?

It means:
273 = 19,683
1+9+6+8+3 = 27
This is not true for any number larger than 27.

> # the number of letters in the hebrew alphabet is 27
't'isn't true

Actually, it depends on how they're counted. The most common counting I've seen only counts once for dotted-letters like bet and vet, but includes final letters, like ם. Counted that way, you get 27. (This counting makes sense, since technically the dots in bet and kaf are vowels, not unique letters, and final-letters sort of are.)

> # the number of letters in the spanish alphabet is 27
there are 29. ch, rr, and enye being the extra ones. w and k are mainly used in foreign adopted words, however.

Since 1994, Spanish no longer considers ll, ch, or rr as unique letters. Ñ is the only letter in the Spanish alphabet not also in the English one. See the Wikipedia article.
posted by Plutor at 12:20 PM on April 18, 2006

posted by If I Had An Anus at 12:24 PM on April 18, 2006

Thanks Plutor. Still can't figure where they'd get an imprecise term phrase "27 days for human cell to regrow."
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:52 PM on April 18, 2006

Yeah, a few of those "facts" are sketchy. But no more so than any other list of "facts" you find on the Interweb.
posted by Plutor at 12:59 PM on April 18, 2006

No, they're all true. Trust me.
posted by 27 at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2006

Law of the fives trumps the 27 conspiracy.
posted by yeolcoatl at 9:21 PM on April 18, 2006

Pfft. All the cool people know 23 is the conspiracy number.

"Captain Clark welcomes you aboard..."
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:05 AM on April 19, 2006

The number of letters in the Greek alphabet is 24, not 27. Sheeeesh!
posted by acrobat at 7:10 AM on April 19, 2006

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