Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Number 23

So, over the weekend, I saw the new film The Number 23 ,which stars Jim Carrey as a man driven to madness by the persistence of the number 23 in his world, or perhaps in the greater nature of things altogether. I did some research, and there are in fact studies about the odd statistical frequency of this number in mathematics. But is it cause for a freak-out? Just deal with it, dude. It's a number. Kurt Cobain died in 1994. 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 23. WHOA. Hmm.... but it was April 8th. 4 + 8 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 35. Bummer.

I found myself trying to find at least one 23 in my own life and came up empty. Not a birthdate, anniversary, or even dentist appointment came up 23. Does this mean I am immortal? I'm going to bet YES.


Randy said...

I have not seen the film (and have no plans to -- the popcorn is said to be terrible).

However, the strangeness of 23 not only serves as the crux of the film, but surrounds the film itself:

Jim Carey, a former NHL goaltender nicknamed the "Net Detective" after his more famous quasi-namesake, won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie when he was just 22 years old. That very season, among his sterling accomplishments, Carey recorded 24 losses.

The average of 22 and 24 is, of course, 23.

Perhaps even more startling is the fact that, in 1989, I saw Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (of Cream) at the 23 East Cabaret in Ardmore, PA. The exact date of that show was December 8, which time I was 22 years old. That date also was the anniversary of John Lennon's murder.

John Lennon was one of the Beatles.

My 22 years of age plus one of the Beatles equals, of course, 23.

The numbers don't lie.

Dave said...

"twenty three" rhymes with "angry bee"

I was stung by an angry bee once.

(cue creepy music)

Randy said...

Speaking of angry bee, I'm more than a little concerned about that Nasonex bee. He's huge...and with those thick eyebrows, quite menacing.

As a kid, I remember watching a news report about how killer bees were slowly migrating up from South America and would reach Texas by such-and-such a year, eventually spreading out of control and wreaking havoc on the United States. (Remember The Swarm, or its lesser-known sequel, Wyatt Earp Versus Dracula?)

This Nasonex bee might be the first of these stinging intruders. Sure, he acts docile and seems genuinely interested in easing your allergy symptoms, but imagine what a bee that size could do if he ever got angry -- you'd be dead before you could say To bee or not to bee.

And if the Nasonex bee ever mated with the nearly-as-large Honeynut Cheerios'd be all over for us.

We would do well to remember what Peter Fonda said in Ulee's Gold, the archetypal beekeeper drama: "Ouch, those little bastards hurt!"

Pat said...

I just want to know what is up with the Nasonex Bee's accent. Where the hell is he from?

Randy said...

The Nasonex bee is voiced by Antonio Banderas. Antonio Banderas is from Spain. Spain was conquered by the Moors. The Moors were the ancestors of Roger Moore. Roger Moore was born in London.

Therefore, the Nasonex bee is from London.