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Question: ‘I see 22 everywhere. When I look at a sign, paper or clock there’s ALWAYS a 22, specially 22:22, that I see everyday. It’s not like I’m looking for it, it just pops out in many different situations (addresses, ID numbers, passwords, people I meet). I just opened a new bank account, they gave me the number 7384. My new girlfriend was born in 11/11, I work at the 22º floor, my number in college was 122, my brother´s birthday is 02/02. 22 are the last digits on my speedometer every time I look at it. Also, at every 22 minute point after every hour, I “happen” to catch it (not looking for it either). The 22nd day of february (2/22) was also one of the worst days I have had in a while. I happened to be on a 22 mile drive the other day and we passed a salon called “Salon 22″. One night I had a dream in which God told me to write him a song. I saw big wall in front of me and it had some words on it. When I looked in the sky (it was night) I saw a spaceship and number 22 written by stars. I often have 22 cents come back as my change. I go to the store to buy stuff and it would usually ring up 2.22 or 22.00 dollars. The earliest date that I remember was in 1990. I told my mom that I was going to die on February 22 that year but I didn’t. One time as a medical student while I was walking home from the hospital downtown Toronto I looked up at an L.E.D. sign at 2:22 a.m. which then flashed “Jesus loves you”. That was the first and last time that I had ever seen that on that sign. Last night I was playing poker with some friends, I folded and my friend Caio showed me his hand: 22, and I said: “u know I attract this number, lol”. So came the flop: 22Q, and he made a quad. We were astonished. I’m just a regular guy, but I’m very curious (and kinda freaked) about it. What does it mean?’ — anonymous

 

 

Answer: Twenty-two is an even composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 11. 22 is the sixth discrete semiprime and the fourth in the (2.q) family. With 21 it forms the second discrete semiprime pair. 22 has an aliquot sum of 14 and is the fifth composite number found in the 7-aliquot tree. It has a 7- member aliquot sequence 22, 14, 10, 8, 7, 1, 0 of which the next two members are themselves discrete semiprimes, 22 is the first discrete semiprime exhibiting this property. 169 also has 14 as its aliquot sum. 22 is itself the aliquot sum of two numbers 20, 38. It is also a pentagonal number and a centered heptagonal number. When cutting a circle with just six line segments, the maximum number of pieces that can be so created is 22, thus 22 is a central polygonal number (see lazy caterer’s sequence). The sum of the totient function for the first eight integers is 22. 22 is a Perrin number, preceded in the sequence by 10, 12, 17. 22 divided by 7 approximates the irrational number π, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Since it is possible to find sequences of 22 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 22 is an Erdős–Woods number.

Answer: In numerology, the number 22 is considered perhaps the most talented and the most successful of all the numbers. The number twenty-two seeks to help others in any way they possibly can. They do this only with strong intuitive abilities, but also through natural leadership skill. The number twenty-two seeks to brings balance and harmony into the lives of everyone and will work hard in order to make it happen. The number 22 is a master number; therefore it carries with it the extreme sensitivity that all master numbers share. The number 22 would do best seeking out those that can understand their special gifts and their unique vision and that will be there to follow their lead and support them every step of the way. Like all master numbers, the sensitivity that the number 22 has is a double-edged sword. The sensitivity can provide phenomenal intuitive help, but it can also give way to sensory overload. That sensory overload then can lead to an unbalanced life and, in worse case scenarios, illness or disease. Control can be a real issue for the number 22. Many times the people born into the twenty-two life path will seek to have control over all aspects of life. This can both drive people away and cause others to want to manipulate them.

 

 

* 22 is a Schröder Number.
* 22 is a Centered Heptagonal Number.
* 22 is a Hexagonal Pyramidal Number.
* 22 is a Pentagonal Number.
* 8 can be Partitioned in 22 ways.
* 22 can be Partitioned in 1002 ways.
* 22 is the smallest number which can be expressed as the sum of two primes in three ways.
* 22 is the maximal number of regions into which 6 lines divide a plane.
* The sum of the totient function for the first eight integers is 22.
* The Chemical Element Titanium has an atomic number of 22.
* The maximal number of regions into which a plane can be divided by 5 circles=22

 

 

* The Human head is constituted of 22 bones: 8 for the cranium and 14 for the face.
* The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot: The Fool, Magician, Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Fortune, Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Blasted Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgement and World.
* The twenty-two channels linking the ten “Sephiroth” between them in the “sephirotic Tree” of the Kabbalah.
* The Word of God is at the 22th level of conscience.
* There are 22 chapters of the Revelation of John in the Bible.
* There are 22 verses in Surah “Al Burooj”(The Zodiac, or Constellations), in the Quran.
* Death Metal band Hypocrisy’s album Catch 22 was released in year 2002.
* On October “11,” 2001, President Bush released the photographs of the “22 Most Wanted Terrorists,” and in his speech he stated, “….these 22 terrorists hide in the darkness, but we are exposing them with the “light of justice”….”

 

 

* According to S. Doucet and J.-P. Larosee, the man is composed twenty-two evolutionary bodies gathered in four categories: subtle body, energy body, galactic body and temporal body.
* Several old alphabets had twenty-two letters: Chaldean, Sabean, Roman, Copt and Hebraic.
* According to Bambaras, the totality of mystical knowledge is contained in the symbols of the first twenty-two numbers.
* According to Jainism: the 22 kinds of suffering.
* In the divinatory tarot, there are 22 major arcana cards. These cards are numbered 0-21, so it is a matter of interpretation whether The Fool or The World is card number 22.
* George Washington was born on February 22.
* On the TV show Most Evil, a forensic psychiatrist scales from 1 to 22, and this is how evilness is mentally evaluated.
* In bingo, 22 is referred to as ‘Two Little Ducks’

 

 

* In rugby union, the “22” is a the line in each half of the field which is 22 metres from the respective try line.
* 22 is the number of players on the field in a Football (soccer) match, and also the number of players on the field at any one time in an American football match.
* The jersey number 22 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats.
* The length of a cricket pitch is 22 yards.
* In Australian rules football there are 22 players on each team, comprising a starting 18, and 4 bench players.
* “22” is a common name for the .22 calibre .22 Long Rifle cartridge.
* In Jay-Z’s song “22 Two’s”, he rhymes the words: too, to and two, 22 times in the first verse.
* Lily Allen has a song titled “22” from her album It’s Not Me, It’s You.
* Paul Weller has a song and album named 22 Dreams. The album contains 22 songs.

 

 

* The Norwegian electronica project Ugress uses 22 as a recurring theme.
* Catch-22 is a 1961 novel by Joseph Heller.
* Twenty-Two, Season 2–episode 17 (February 10, 1961) of the 1959-64 TV series The Twilight Zone in which a hospitalized dancer has nightmares about a sinister nurse inviting her to Room 22, the hospital morgue.
* The typical (minimum) number of episodes in a season for a television program broadcast on a major American network is 22.
* There are 22 stars in the Paramount Films logo.
* The typical length of a half hour sitcom not including commercials is 22 minutes.
* f/22 is the largest f-stop (and thus smallest aperture) available on most lenses made for single-lens reflex cameras.
* In French, “22” is used as a phrase to warn of the coming of the police (typically “22, v’là les flics !”, “22, here come the cops!”)
* The Titanic was traveling at a speed of 22 knots before it crashed into an iceberg.
* President John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963.

 

 

* The minute hand on a clock when positioned at 22 minutes after the hour creates an angle with the top of the clock of exactly 132 degrees. 6×22=132.
* The back of the 100 dollar bill shows an image of Independence Hall. The Independence Hall clock-time is stopped at exactly 2:22.
* After 3.5 years of seige at Gaza the Raffa crossing was fully opened by Egypt after a peoples revolt. The date was 2/22/11.
* Abercrombie & Fitch says its chain of Hollister stores owns the number 22. The New Albany-based company has sued rival retailer American Eagle Outfitters, seeking to prevent it from using the number on its clothing. The lawsuit filed in Columbus federal court asks a judge to order American Eagle to stop using 22 on its clothing and advertising, to destroy any clothes or ads that use the number and to give Hollister any profits from clothes already sold. Abercrombie says Hollister owns the number 22 because it has appeared on the chain’s clothing since the stores opened three years ago.
* Iron Maiden has a song named “22 Acacia Avenue”.

 

 

* A quotation mark (in a URL it appears as a “%22”).
* The number of total stars of which compose the constellation Little Bear is 22. However, only seven of them are visible to the naked eye.
* Barak Obama and Hilary Clinton had 22 debates during the last Presidential election.
* The number 22 on the Wyoming License plate stands for the county of Teton.
* Amoxicillin (875 mg) is a white oblong pill with the number 22 stamped in it which is used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible microorganisms.
* Baclofen (10 mg) is a small white, oblong pill with a V on one side and 22 over 66 on the other side.
* Gabapentin (800 mg) is a white oblong pill with the number 22 stamped in one side that was originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy, and is currently widely used to relieve neuropathic pain.
* Insult comedian Jack E. Leonard, on his numerous television game show appearances, answered with “22” to any question requiring a numerical response.

 

 

 

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p.s. Hey. Sorry again about yesterday. ** Saturday ** Tosh Berman, Oh, gosh, thanks! I saw the pix from your Bowie exhibition visit on FB, and it looks very cool. That show was here a while back, but I somehow never managed to see it idiotically. Yes, very exciting about the Lou Reed archive going to the NYPL and the planned exhibition. And one hears there is a ton of unreleased music amongst the belongings. Seeming wow. ** David Saä Estornell, Thank you, David. You can hit me up at Facebook, sure. I’ll keep an eye out. ** B.R.Y., Hi there! Oh, yeah, I think late-era animated Robert Zemeckis films totally qualify. In fact, I was going to include a ‘Polar Express’ thing, but then I decided the post was probably too large as it was to enlarge it even more. Yes, ha ha, totally with you on that clip. Those dead eyes win Hanks the anti-Oscar. I’m good, and I hope and presume you are as well, maximally even. Take care. ** Bill, That is a very good question. It’s so badly done that when I first watched it I thought it was one of those things where you’re supposed to watch it wearing 3D glasses. I may, just may, just maybe may have a new apartment! I will know the yes or no for sure today, I think. Great about the gig! As always, I shiver a little at having missed it. Hope you got a lion’s share of collapsing in before Monday struck. ** Steevee, Hi. Yeah, no surprise I was thinking of and trying to play off post-rock when that title popped into my noggin. Still totally plan to pick ‘Happy Place’ as soon as I see it somewhere. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Oh, I thought I read that they decided not to cgi her “out of respect”. I think it could be argued that cgi-ing her would be a show of respect? ** H, Hi, Oh, you ‘Nocturama’! Yeah, it’s very strange and fresh, isn’t it? Like I said, it really grew on me. I have gotten a tentative yes from the landlord via voicemail, but I won’t celebrate until I talk to the real estate agent, seemingly today, and make sure there isn’t a catch. A firm yes would be quite a ton of relief, I have to say. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Thank you! Well, the production manager’s job, or one of her jobs, is keeping us within our budget. She won’t decide anything aesthetically about how we want to do something. She’ll just tell us if we can afford to do things in the way we want to do them, and, if we can’t, then we will have to find another way to do things that doesn’t cost more than the production can afford. Or that’s how I think it will work. Yes, the writer/journalist who is doing the piece on our film is also interviewing me about Kathy Acker for his biography of her. I’m Skyping with him tonight, and I think that will be when he interviews me about Kathy. As I mentioned above, I seem to have received at least a tentative yes on the apartment, but I’m holding off believing that until I talk to the real estate agent today. But I hope that by tomorrow I will be able to say I have a new home. Then the drudgery and expense of actually moving will become the stress point. It’s always something, ha ha. What a nice weekend you had indeed! Great! My weekend plus Monday was kind of crazy busy. Apartment hunting. Zac and I need to do a ‘final’ slight revision of our script, so I worked on that. Lots of other film stuff. We hired an assistant director, and that’s a big step. We started figuring out the shooting schedule (which has now been delayed a week, starting on April 17th), the rehearsal schedule and where we’ll do rehearsals, and lots of other technical things. There’s so much to do, wow. We cast two more actors. Now we only have a few roles left to cast. On the fun side, I saw the great, legendary drag performer/artist Vaginal Davis do a talk/performance, and that was great, and I saw the documentary ‘David Lynch: The Art Life’, which was quite interesting although perhaps really only to pre-existing big fans. So it was a productive three-day weekend, and I’m kind of exhausted, but the hard, busy work is only getting started, yikes. How was Tuesday? Anything cool? ** Jeff J, Hi. Good question about the post-agents. I suppose it’s whoever has the intellectual property rights to the actors? I liked ‘Pattern Recognition’ too. I haven’t read his new one. I don’t know Victor Erice’s ‘El Sur’, but I will definitely look into it. My sincere apologies for not having gotten the blurb to you over the weekend. The weekend became incredibly busy unexpectedly. I’ll get it to you today, and, again, sorry. ** Misanthrope, James Tate is very great, yes! I think ultimately I prefer the situations where they use stand-ins for deceased actors or manipulate pre-existing footage and so on to the cgi recreations, probably because they’s just more puzzle-like and fun to watch and to try to decode. You had an earthquake?! That’s wild. Sometimes when I’m in NYC I fantasize that a biggish earthquake hits, and, when I do, I always think that about half of the buildings in the city would crumble to dust. ** _Black_Acrylic, I grew up as a kid watching ‘Clutch Cargo’, and it gave me nightmares, and yet I couldn’t stop watching it. One of the strangest, creepiest cartoons ever, probably the most. Nice selfie. I like that door piece too. ** Matthew Doyle, Hi, Matt! How are you? Busy is the word. ‘Swiss Army Man’ is strangely quite good. I really didn’t expect that. Your UCLA studies are super interesting, and I’m obviously very intrigued about your AI theater piece? Where can I find out more about it? Thank you for passing that along about Fiona Duncan’s reading series. I’m in Paris about 90% of the time now and only get to LA every once in a while, but if I get there and the timing is right, I would be happy to read in the series. You can give Fiona my new email address. It’s: denniscooper72@outlook.com. Thank you, Matt! Very nice to see you, and take good care. ** Monday ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Wow, I know a fair amount abvout Paul Sharits, and I have never heard or read anything about that pimp thing. I really don’t think that’s true. Every story I’ve read about him being shot has no relationship to the pimp idea. He was a professor at Buffalo teaching full time until just before his death. Strange story. ** Steevee, Hi. B. Ruby Rich had her strengths as a film critic, for sure, but her read on avant-garde and experimental film was always pretty dumb, in my opinion. I really don’t think Sharits was a pimp. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Cool, very glad you got into Sharits’ films. Wow, yes, the Rachel Maclean Biennale piece does look very promising! ** Jeff J, Hi. Yes, I highly recommend investigating his work. It’s very, very interesting. I’m interested in Teching Tsieh. I haven’t thought about him for a while. I remember not feeling 100% into his work or into aspects of his work, but I would need to look/read/think again to remember why and know if I was off the mark re: the issues I had. No post on his work, no. Although doing a re-examination of someone and building a post at the same time is how I make posts sometimes, so it might happen. What interests you particularly about his work? ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. I can’t say it was fun, but it was successful, which I guess is ultimately better? ** Mark pxxxxx, Hi, Mark! It’s very nice to meet you! Thanks for coming in! That’s extremely cool and interesting about the rare materials you gathered about and by Sharits. And about the novel! Holy shit! What’s the story with that, or I guess I mean do you think it’ll get published? So curious, obviously. And, obviously, I wish you could have made that video bio. Is it a totally dead project now? Anyway, it’s a pleasure to get to talk with you! Thank you a lot! ** S, Steven! Hey, how are you, man? Awesome! Thanks a bunch about ‘Cattle’. That’s really heartening to hear. You’re on a food tour in Paris? What does that mean? You’re, like, hitting especially excellently cuisined-out places here that offer food, like, on your own or with a guide? I hope you ate a ton of amazing stuff, and have a safe trip back to Berlin when you’re finished. Take care, and love back from me. ** Okay. I decided to restore this quite oddball post today, and I really don’t know why exactly, although maybe it was a decent enough idea? See you tomorrow.

22 Comments

  1. Hello Dennis:

    So great you’ve heard from that landlord! Should you then start packing now? I hope it’s an easiest move you’ve ever done from now on. What a gladness!

    Ah, ‘Nocturama’ was a refreshing experience for me, and I feel great after that. I won’t do a spoiler for a future audience here, but that scene of quiet turns of cityscapes is particularly memorable. It feels like mental holidays to me practically anytime I think of it.

    Loved Sharits day yesterday. Too busy & exhausted, so couldn’t comment. (I doubt though he was a pimp. Buffalo people worshipped him like a hero, and I’ve never heard about that.) I should decide what to write on for my graduation thesis from this film school. I’m considering a variety of filmmakers and periods, but Sharits is one candidate. But Gregory Markopoulos has been growing on me over several months, so we will see. (Markopoulos is a hermit kind, so I’m debating quite a bit. I suppose I shouldn’t add more mystery to my work? And I realize writing on film subculture in relation to poetry and art galleries is fun though it feels a little too social and messy for me quite often. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!)

  2. Hi Dennis. The “Dennis Cooper@ moment I was going to share a snapshot of was a boy in the window holding up a sign that said “Pain surprize” I managed to loose My hand luggage at Brussels centre station on my way to Charles du Gaulle airport. My camera was in there – too bad (its my brothers camera actually)

    Re: Virginie Despentes films (h asked you about her recently) Bye bye Blondie starring Beatrice
    Dalle and Soko looks like it could be good. On the subject of Despentes, I had in my hand luggage along with other dutch books to read, a bio of x porn actress and Basse moi star Raffaëla Anderson . I spent maybe 5 minutes in a second hand book store when I picked it up. Too bad. You ever loose stuff in transit while travelling?

  3. hey D! lol no just having a fat day. trying to do all the paris stuff ive never done. went to musee rodin. wow he was a badass. trying to get reservations at lecole 16. 22 … i keep wanting to count to 30 but it seems the magic number of the day for me is 6. Cattle was awesome really into it. take it easy

  4. Sharits is a fascinating artist. I love the experimental or artists who worked in film in those years. A very exciting moment or moments as it happened. And 22. That was my dad’s favorite number. He had a thing for numbers and 22 was it. Oddly enough when they count or acknowledge the faces on the Sgt. Pepper cover, he comes up as number 22.

  5. Rich seems to be at her best in long-form essays about films like Sara Gomez’s ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (a lost classic) and various work by Chantal Akerman and Yvonne Rainer. But at some point in the ’70s, she seemed to decide into a place where Akerman and Rainer were the only filmmakers of whom she wasn’t deeply suspicious. Sharits gets criticized for 1)including a sex scene in one of his films and 2)essentially, being a man making avant-garde films. But the worst essay is largely devoted to an attack on Nestor Almendros’ IMPROPER CONDUCT, a documentary about the treatment of gay men in Castro’s Cuba, which calls it “fascist.” I haven’t seen the film, but her attitude that all politically aware, well-meaning people must be sympathetic to communism, if not participants in it made me think that if one disagrees with Cuban communism from a progressive perspective, one probably wouldn’t even find the film conservative.

  6. Nestor Almendros’ documentary “Improper Conduct” is in no way Fascist. It’s quite simply true. Almendros was a great cinematographer ad a great gay man — who died of AIDS. He is also the author of the only accuate article about Sergei Eienstein ever written.

    The Sharits story may be odd but I swear to you it’s true. It was the talk of the New York avant-garde when it was revealed.

  7. Hey Dennis, you know I love this. I was gonna add some 22’s of my own, but they’re all in there, well, not sure if I saw the number of Hebrew letters (22), which correspond to the 22 Tarot trumps. There are two highway 22’s in my novel, one fictional, one really in NJ. Oh, but here’s one: Joni Mitchell’s (I know, one of your favorites, haha) comes to a 22 I seem to remember when I was in my numerology phase. I also remember Marlon Brando coming to a 55 and Lawrence Olivier coming to a 77. My name comes to 11, the number of the rebel/genius!

    PS: Dennis, you are not going to believe this, but I just figured out your name, and it comes to 65, which is reduced to 11 – you are also the rebel/genius!!!

  8. Carrie Fischer won’t be cgi-ed into the next “Star Wars.” She did all her work on the film before she passed.

  9. By the way, I think I’ve found a cinematographer for my film. She owns her own camera, liked my description of the script and the style I’m aiming for and seems to think she’ll have time to work on it in June (although she’s directing a short herself in May.) Today, I will send her the script and more details about it, and ask her for a video link to her work.

  10. Hey Dennis,

    It’s the number 23 that I find stalks me. I see it everywhere; every time something important occurs in my life, I always take a moment to see if the number can be found. I remember the feeling of finding it in my birthdate, and actually got this done as a tattoo. So 23 February 1983… the day is the obvious 23, but 02/1983, if you add up all these digits you get 23. The latest one I found was today, inspired by this post. I have an important appointment tomorrow that quite a lot depends upon… 8 March… 08/03… 8-3=5… 5=2+3… 23.

    One of my ex’s number was 414, and I remember him finding out something about an actual mathematical interaction between 414 and 23, linking them together, and then getting freaked out as there were a lot of life events that connected us even when we weren’t aware of each other’s existence.

    How’s things with you? I hope all is well. How did the reading go? What did you end up reading, and how was the crowd? I wish I could have been there.

    Things my end are going pretty good. I’m still with Seb, who you met at the ‘Like Cattle Towards Glow’ showing, and that’s progressing well. I’ve started work on my next novel, which I’m actually really positive about. After finishing my last one, I took a bit of a break from writing, especially after the completion of my therapy, as I wanted to re-evaluate where I wanted to take my writing, what I wanted to achieve, and in what direction. I started writing short stories again last year, and am happy with where I am in regards to my writing voice. The publisher of ‘The Heart of Darkness’ closed up shop last July and returned all the rights to me, which I saw as a positive as I wasn’t too happy with how they marketed its release (or rather, didn’t). I have the sequel to ‘Heart’ ready to go, so I’m going to start contacting publishers soon.

    Hope to hear from you soon; much hugs and love my friend,

    Dom

  11. Just remembered… I was watching Gregg Araki’s ‘Totally Fucked Up’ last night with Seb, and when one of the characters mentions/recommends you and your writing, we were like “OMG!”.

  12. Hmm think I’m more of a 23 kinda guy. I know that many people have a thing about that number, like the 90s rave collective Spiral Tribe and also the mighty 90s pop pranksters the KLF. Think both groups got the fixation from Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus! books. There was even a crap Jim Carrey film about it too. But I see 22 has quite a storied history and yeah, “two little ducks” is definitely the best bingo call.

  13. Hey Dennis – Interesting 22s here. I’d missed this post the first go round. That Jay-Z bit about the 22 rhymes of to, two, and too seems like some Oulipian feat, straight up. You have a number that haunts you?

    Tsieh’s work interests me in that it feels like it exists on the very frontier of where art bleeds into life or vice versa. It feels like it might not be art at all, which I rarely feel, or that it can’t be experienced by the viewer as art and only as hearsay and stories. That the documentation serves mainly as imaginative props for viewers, even though they’re not really intended that way. The book about Tsieh has a great interview with him where he’s very lucid about his aims and goals – which are generally at odds with the interpretation of the interviewer. The more I’ve dug into the work, the more it seems to open up but still elude a clear explanation. Be curious to hear your reservations, if you can reconstruct them.

    Thanks for the email today, hugely appreciated. And fingers heavily crossed that you’ve now got a new apartment.

  14. Just remembered my favorite Twilight Zone ever, “Room for One More, Honey” – where the death room in the hospital is Room 22, and the main character keeps having nightmares about it with a scary nurse who says, “Room for one more, honey!” In the end her flight is about to take off, flight #22 of course, and the nurse has become the stewardess who says, “Room for one more, honey!” And the main character runs away screaming as the plane crashes.

  15. I really loved the French horror film RAW, which I saw tonight. It’s like a synthesis of Denis (esp. TROUBLE EVERY DAY) & Cronenberg. Like many of the best films, it’s really enigmatic: I could list a dozen of the subjects and themes it touches on and still not get to the bottom of it. It opens Friday in New York and my review will appear in the Nashville Scene in about 3 weeks.

  16. Dennis!

    Look what I just stumbled upon:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/badtheoryguy/status/839370461964271616/photo/1

    “I turned to the number key in his paper and discovered that 22 meant the end of the world.”

    I wasn’t even looking for 22 stuff, just looking through twitter accounts I follow regularly, and one of them posted that a few minutes ago.

    Portentous.

    Anyway, I remember this post. Weird that 23 gets all the attention. Perhaps it’s misdirection. Sort of like how 14 is the real unlucky number (don’t tell anyone).

    “22 Skidoo” even rhymes. 22 was robbed.

  17. One of the numbers I see all of the time is 1017 (or 17). Looking at a clock, etc.

    My dad made it up as a joke years ago, his special ‘meaningful’ number (the joke being it doesn’t really mean anything), and now we both see it a lot. It’s gone from a joke to the point where we both almost ascribe superstitious meaning to it. In that “Ha ha, of course I’m an educated atheist who doesn’t take such superstitious notions seriously, but I actually kinda do if I’m honest with myself” way.

  18. …I’m actually rather mystically-minded, but it clashes with my sense of being a scientifically literate modern. Oh well. Can one have it both ways? Let’s have it both ways.

    PS,

    We’re close… I might have to do it if no one else does… not much time left…

  19. …22!

    Time stamp: 2:22 AM mountain time.

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