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The Number 23 - Trivia (23 titbits of them!)

Jim Carrey in The Number 23

Compiled by Jack Foley

JIM Carrey’s latest film is a tense thriller that’s inspired by the many conspiracy theories surrounding the number 23. So, we decided to come up with 23 facts that are closely related to the film, or its many theories.

1) Film fans probably won’t be surprised to find that Joel Schumacher’s The Number 23 is, yes, the 23rd film he has directed (counting both his TV and film work).

2) The names of leading man Jim Carrey and either Joel Schumacher or the leading actress Virginia Madsen form the sum of 23 letters when added together.

3) The film opened in both the US and America on February 23, 2007. Add the digits of 2007 to 23 and you get 32 – 23 in reverse. Clever marketing or what!

4) The film is basically based around the so-called 23 Enigma, which refers to the Discordian belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number, or a number related to 23, given enough ingenuity on the part of the interpreter.

5) One such example of the 23 Enigma is that all the numerals from the date 9/11/2001 add up to 23.

6) It is asserted that Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed a total of 23 times.

7) The Hiroshima Bomb was dropped on Japan at 8.15 to bring an end to the Second World War.

8) The witches’ sabbath is June 23.

9) An explosion on doomed TWA Flight 800 occurred in seats 23J and 23K.

10) The name George Herbert Walker Bush contains 23 letters.

11) The first Morse code transmission, “What hath God wrought?” was from the Bible passage Numbers 23:23.

12) The Earth has an axial tilt of about 23° 27’.

13) There are 46 chromosomes in the human body – 23 from each partner.

14) Blood circulates the body on average every 23 seconds.

15) A useful source of information about the 23 Enigma is Robert Anton Wilson’s book Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati.

16) Legendary English playwrite William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. He was born on April 23, 1564.

17) There are more UFO sightings on July 23 than any other day of the year.

18) 23 is one in the series of “The Numbers” on the popular Sky One show Lost.

19) Elisabeth Shue was originally cast as the female lead in The Number 23, but had to decline because she was pregnant. Virginia Madsen took her place.

20) Sceptics point out the fact that 23, being a fairly low number, occurs often in the media, current events and daily life, and no more often in conjunction with catastrophe or coincidence than 22 or 24.

21) Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born in 1967 and died in 1994. If you add the digits of each year, both add up to the number 23.

22) 2 divided by 3 is .666 – another number that has scary connections.

23) December 23, 2012 is the day the Mayan civilization predicted that the world would end…

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  1. 2 divided by 3 is .667

    A petty man    Feb 24    #
  2. 23 XXIII was the number of 2 Popes at one time, the Catholic one and the Priory of Sion version. It`s in “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”.

    Mary Alice    Feb 25    #
  3. 2/3 when divided is only .667 on a calculator because it rounds it up. With any other ways (like paper and pencil) it’s .666 forever. That's right petty man!

    LK    Feb 28    #
  4. Um, correction. Two divided by three equals .6[repeated]7 .666666667. 666 being the Devil’s number. If it was .667 why would there be so much hype over it?

    Chelsea    Mar 10    #
  5. Ya this is all a coincidence- and by the way whoever made this move meant it to come out on the 23rd u dumbass
    also u can take any random number and do all this stuff

    lets take 16- Hitler's birthday is 4/20 20-4 = 16

    jacob    Mar 21    #