January 23, 2012 by agooddaytoyou
Common malevolent numbers:
- 666 – Usually regarded as the Number of the Beast in Christianity.
- 616 – Less usually regarded as the Number of Beast.
- 4 – Unlucky in Japanese culture due to the similar pronunciation of ‘death’.
- 9 – Unlucky in Japanese culture due to the similar pronunciation of ‘agony/torture’.
- 13 – The most widely regarded unlucky number in Western culture.
First meaningful phrase on matching pages from the randomly selected books having at least 666 pages:
Collins Paperback English Dictionary. Dictionary
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon. Post-modern fiction
Imajica – Clive Barker. Horror fantasy
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas. Classic fiction.
Churchill – Roy Jenkins. Biography.
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist – Wilfred Burchett. Autobiography.
Whilrdwind – James Clavell. Modern, blockbuster fiction.
Collins Paperback English Dictionary: push through verb: to force to accept
Gravity’s Rainbow: …managed to come up with some really mean ass imaginary Nazi playmates…
Imajica: …uncovering statues as she went.
The Count of Monte Cristo: ‘No?’ the notary asked.
Churchill: …and receiving the draft Charter very late at night…
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: …inspired the well-known Swiss journalist-writers Fernand Gigon…
Whirldwind: Starke picked up the card he had been dealt…
Verdict: Fatalism, night, Nazis, profanity, force, knowledge, the hidden.
Collins Paperback English Dictionary: …to collect or give a lift to…
Gravity’s Rainbow: ‘How can you be so sure the Americans will ever condone that?’
Imajica: He was through it before it had struck the floor…
The Count of Monte Cristo: …even though it detected a secret…
Churchill: Reynaud was inscrutable…
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: …his suite which overlooked the US Embassy…
Whirlwind: “Not far off course…”
Verdict: secrecy, USA, danger, politics, assistance, adrift
Collins Paperback English Dictionary: …for financial gain…
Gravity’s Rainbow: …has been getting narrower, more broken…
Imajica: An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
The Count of Monte Cristo: XXVIII – The Prison Register
Churchill: Certainly no lustre to the family name…
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: …bricklayer great-grandfather James Burchett – he of the unlawful musket shot and who later emigrated to Australia…
Verdict: money, corruption, emptiness, violence, Australia, prison
Collins Paperback English Dictionary: address 1 noun: the place at which someone lives.
Gravity’s Rainbow: …can of milk from cooler.
Imajica: …her body was long…
The Count of Monte Cristo: …or else there would be no progress or promotion.
Churchill: …sentences were written and published…
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: Leader of the miners was Peter Lalor, an Irishman in his mid-twenties.
Whlrlwind: For Shigatsu
Verdict: home, comfort, the body, progress, achievement, leadership, sentiment
Collins Paperback English Dictionary: African 1 adjective: of Africa.
Gravity’s Rainbow: … the mark of Youthful Folly…
Imajica: ‘I can find somebody else for you.’
The Count of Monte Cristo: ‘That’s proper, dantes. Very proper.’
Churchill: …much of Ulster was inhabited by Presbyterians…
Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: The dingoes’ revenge
Whirlwind: Book One
Verdict: wilderness, youth, folly, imperatives, manners, wild dogs, vengeance, beginnings
Numbers ranked by malevolence (most to least).
Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov. Painted in 1887.