Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Threeday

We should celebrate March 3rd as a national holiday - national Threeday. The number three plays a large number of significant roles in our society.

3:33 is the only number on a digital clock where every single digit is the same, and the number of occurring digits is that digit itself. (There are three threes.)

The triangle, the only shape with three corners and three sides, is known as the strongest shape for supporting weight.

Meanwhile, the tripod is considered the weakest structure in politics.

But the love triangle is one of the most intriguing interactions because of its imbalance.

This is the same with its opposite, the hate triangle, best observed in the dramatic performances of the artists Curly, Moe and Larry.

In religion: Christianity has spent hundreds of years trying to nail down the mystery of the Holy Trinity. The Wise Men brought Christ three different gifts at his birth, he ministered publically for three separate years, was resurrected on the third day, and Peter confessed and denied Christ three times.

According to both School House Rock and Jack Black in the critically-acclaimed film School of Rock, three is a magic number.

In early counting systems, they could articulate the numbers one and two, but three proved too elusive and mysterious.

Our very DNA and RNA are structured in triplet codon systems.

Many concepts in science are divided into three separate parts: ie, Freud's id, ego, and super-ego, the Three laws of Thermodynamics, Newton's Three Laws, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, etc.

According to the Pythagoreans, 3 was the noblest of all digits.

Have you ever heard of a 2- or 4- ring binder or notebook?

When trying to organize a synchronized action, people often count to three.

Three is considered a "good number" in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word "alive."

Bad luck comes in threes. In Vietnam, it's bad luck to take a picture with three people in it. Meanwhile, third time's the charm.

Three is the closest integer to both pi (3.14...) and e (2.71...)

There are three notes in a triad, the most basic and important form of any chord.

The highest personal distinction in a hockey game is scoring three goals, or a hat trick.

The Divine Comedy is made up of 3 parts of 33 cantos each, and was written in terza rima (a poetic structure that relies on groups of three-line structures).

Famous collections of fictional characters: The Three Musketeers, the Three Amigos, Three Blind Mice, the Three Sisters, etc.

In the Lord of the Rings, the Three Rings of Power are given to the elves.

The standard number of lives given in most video and arcade games is three.

Earth is the third rock from the sun.

Help celebrate National Threeday by thinking of more ways that the number three is personally significant to you and your life, and post them here.

Yes, that is the only way that you can celebrate National Threeday.

For more information on the number three, go here.


Peter V. Hilton said...

wowwwww . . .

Schmetterling said...

And what would Hollywood ever do without the notion of trilogies?

Allie said...

Oh Carl. I totally married you.

To celebrate, we can have three meals today. :^P

Schmetterling said...

NOW it's Threeday.

You totally jumped the gun and threw me off...


(wordvarification: balspsap, which I think sounds funny)