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A Few Things About The Number 23.

Updated on May 25, 2008

Random factlets about the number 23, the number of Chaos.

The number 23 has long been a source of fascination, even more than other prime numbers...

What is it about this unusual number?

23 Mathematics

  • 23 is a prime number.
  • 2 + 3 = 5, another prime number.
  • 23 is the ninth prime number:

    2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23

  • According to Math.com, the name for a 23 sided polygon would be "Icosikaitrigon" or even "23gon".

    I propose we call it "Illuminatigon".


  • The interior angles of an Illuminatigon are 164.34782608695653 degrees. It has 3780 interior angles.

The Illuminatus & the Number 23 - Discordian Numerology

23 is the focal number of the Discordians, an absurdist philosophy that is based on the Principia Discordia, a work by Malaclypse the Younger, Robert Anton Wilson, & Kerry W. Thornley.

Robert Anton Wilson's related books, The Illuminatus Trilogy, theorize that historically significant and just plain weird events happen on the 23rd more often than statistically probable.

See also 23 Golden Apples.

Science & 23

  • Human gametes have 23 chromosomes each.
  • The Earth is tilted on a roughly 23 degree axis.
  • The 23rd pair of chromosomes determines biological sex in humans.
  • The 23rd element on the Periodic Chart is Vanadium, which is bright white, soft, and toxic.

Philosophy, History, & Letters 23

  • The 23rd hexagram of the I Ching is Po ~ Splitting Apart.
  • In the Tao The Ching, 23.
  • W is the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet.
  • Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States.

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      chiomaokeke 4 years ago

      what has university of ngeria have to offer ?the answer is so much

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      cowboy543 5 years ago

      Anatoly Chekhov - Teenage Soviet sniper at Stalingrad was born on may 23rd 1923

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very interesting! Thanks!!!! :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Hello. Nice to meet a featured giant squid. I was born on Dec 23 but 23 isn't my favorite number. Actually 4 is my favorite number but my daughter's favorite number is 23. Go figure! I'm off to check out events on Dec 23. ~Squid Greeter

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      2 divided by three is .666

      blood takes 23 seconds to circulate

      tropic of capricorn and cancer are on 23 and a half degrees north and south

      (times) 11:12 3:20 3:23

      birth date of 1995 9 plus 9 plus 5 divided by 1 is 23

      mayans belived the world would end on december 12 2012 20 plus 1 plus 2 is 23

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i recently notice this to

      the flight name of the plane the crashed in to the twin towers on 911 is 175

      9 11 =20

      1 7=(8-5) =3

      and there u get 23

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This number 23 is a fascinating number. Many events actually happened related to this 23. There is also a movie made based on this number. 23 is a popular number printed onto many T-shirts. Numbers, numbers....

      Numbers produces wonders!

      I have a maths blog at www.limeehai.com

      Anyone is welcomed to visit it. Maybe you can discover more amazing numbers form there. Cheers!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      did you that september 11 is also a 23.

      11 9 2 0 0 1 = 23 !!!!!!

      scary