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The Fabulous Number 5

Updated on October 8, 2014

Fabulous Five


Have you heard of the Law of Fives? All things happen in Fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of Five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to Five. Do you doubt this theory? Read on ;)

5s in Math

The number 5 is the 5th Fibonacci number

1,1,2,3,5 Eureka!

Five is the only prime number to end in the digit 5

There are 5 Platonic solids:

~Tetrahedron~ four sided object

~Cube~ six sided object

~Octahedron~ eight sided object

~Dodecahedron~ twelve sided object

~Icosahedron~ twenty sided object

There are only 5 possible tetrominoes

(shapes made by joining together four squares)

Phi = 5 ^ .5 * .5 + .5


5s in Science

Almost all mammals, amphibians and reptiles have 5 fingers and/or toes on each extremity

We have 5 appendages from the torso:

Two arms, Two legs, and a Head

There are 5 oceans in the world:

Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern

We have 5 senses:

Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch, and Taste

There are 5 basic tastes:

Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter, and Savory


5s in Religion

There are 5 Pillars of Islam:

The Testimony of Faith, Ritual Prayer, The Paying of Alms, Fasting on Ramadan, and The Pilgrimage to Mecca

The Torah contains 5 books:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

There are 5 rivers of Hades:

Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, Lethe, and Styx

There are 5 virtues of Sikhism:

Truth, Compassion, Contentment, Humility, and Love

There are 5 vices of Sikhism:

Lust, Rage, Greed, Attachment, and Ego


5s in Culture

In East Asian tradition, there are 5 elements:

Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal

There are 5 virtues of Japanese traditional society:

Loyalty, Justice, Compassion, Honor, and Respect

There are 5 stages of grief:

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance

There are 5 rings in the Olympic symbol representing the union of the five major regions of the world:

Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

In radio communication, the term "Five by five" is used to indicate perfect signal strength and clarity




"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."


"It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families."


"There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first, to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, to cease dying; fourth, to deny dissolution when there is dissolution; fifth, to deny non-being."

Warren Buffett

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer."


Chanel No 5

Häagen-Dazs five

Häagen-Dazs had started a sub-brand of all-natural ice cream made with only five ingredients.

They offered seven flavors: Brown Sugar, Coffee, Ginger, Milk Chocolate, Mint, Passion Fruit & Vanilla Bean. Each contains skim milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and one ingredient for flavor.

I loved the mint...yum.

Even Wrigley's thinks the Number 5 is Fabulous

"The Future of Gum is 5."

Stick gum that stimulate the senses.

Cobalt - Peppermint sugar free gum that cools down when chewed.
Flare - Cinnamon sugar free gum that heats up when chewed.
Rain - Spearmint sugar free gum that tingles when chewed.

Elixir - Berry sugar free gum
Lush - Tropical sugar free gum

Solstice - Warm and cool winter sugar free gum
Zing - Sour to sweet sugar free gum

Ascent - An escalating wintermint
Photon - A radiant pineapple blend
Beta - A hyper sensorial berry
Prism - An electric watermelon

I've tried Flare and Lush and they are really good! They don't taste like sugar free and they hold their flavor longer than I can chew it. I think 5 is my new favorite gum!

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Cinco de Mayo!


Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

The 5th of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla.

5 de Mayo is also celebrated in the United States among the Mexican-American population, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

In the US the celebration is more festive consisting of parades, music, folklore, dances and food.

How to say "Five" in 5 different languages

  • Spanish - Cinco
  • French - Cinq
  • Italian - Cinque
  • German - Fünf
  • Dutch - Vijf

My personal 5s

My birthday is September 5th

9+5=14 1+4=5

Daughter's birthday is July 7th

7+7=14 1+4=5

Husband's birthday is September 14th

9+14=23 2+3=5

Mother's birthday May 9th

5+9=14 1+4=5

I was married on 1.5.1

(I love 5s and palindromes)

Inside the Old Squidoo HQ

___________________________________________________________________ The place for people to share things they're willing to do for $5


Five is my favorite number...Is it yours too?

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    • floppypoppygift1 profile image

      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      I have heard I am a Life Path Number 5. I like your fives lens! Cheers~cb

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Unusual and interesting

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I didn't realize that five is such a great number! BTW - I have five children... seems like the right number, for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A fun lens! Love the mythology (rivers) post. This was a five star lens :)

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      I have 5 great nieces - all in a row! That's my fav until #6 comes along!! : )

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Great lens. I give it Five Stars. :)

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      ann00005 6 years ago

      Five has always been my favorite number. Your lens is really good.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am a 7. I enjoy reading about numbers.

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      deified 6 years ago

      so fun! not what i was expecting. i am the fifth daughter in my family and according to numerology a five too... great idea for a lens! :)

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting lens. 5 stars!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is Savory equal to Spicy? If not, that would be 6 basic tastes. :) Anyway, I love your lens, very interesting, great information.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      This is a fun and interesting lens. I enjoyed it. Would love some Chanel No. 5.

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      five thingsabout 6 years ago

      I prefer even numbers myself, and if I end up with 5 kids, I'll not be too happy, lol!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      You forgot in religion the 5 pillars of Islam :)

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      @miaponzo: I didn't forget, it's the first one I listed. :)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting, fun and informative lens.

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      terryjk 7 years ago

      Strange coincidence but my new favourite site is

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I prefer 27 (my age ;-)). Great lens. This lens has been blessed by the maths angel and added to my best maths resources lens.

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Chanel No 5, I believe that there never have been 1-4

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      AllyVuitton 7 years ago

      This is a really fun lens. How you thought up this cool idea is a MYSTERY. Blessed. MMmmm...number 5 Chanel fragrance beats everything.

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      LadyJasmine LM 7 years ago

      Hail Eris! :-) Five is also sacred to Eris, the somewhat misunderstood Goddess of chaos. Sometimes things have to be shaken up a little to create new possibilities, you know? LOL . Cool Lens!

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Great lens, wondrous number!

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      semas 7 years ago

      Interesting and informative Lens.

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lense.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Fun AND informative! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      The number 5 is important for me according to numerology, I also see 5's a lot especially 555...I never thought about 5 in so many ways before!

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      sudeep13582 lm 7 years ago

      I was born on 13th may, its the 5th month :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was born on the fifth of March and I'm the fifth of 6 children.

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      MediaMogul1 7 years ago

      OK, I'm convinced about the law of fives. Never thought of fives in so many ways until I read this lens. "Liked" it.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

      I'm a zero girl!

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      This lens on the number 5 is so much fun . . . and because it's so much fun, I'm blessing it!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Boron is the element with the atomic number 5.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yes! i was born on 10-5-90, on a friday, which is the fifth day of the work week. i am also the fifth child of five

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      admiralglass lm 8 years ago

      Wow you learn something new every day. Cool lens.

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      Grangermdk 8 years ago

      Very cool lens, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Last name is fives and i have four brothers (5 boys)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      From looking at your sums from your personal 5 i would be more interested in how many times the number 14 appears..

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      Drewman5 8 years ago

      I like the number 5 for the following reasons: I wore the number for the ARC Raiders bball team, my DOB is 1/29/1973 ({32}; 3 2=5).

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My badge number is five and I got married in May 2005. I am very protective of this number in my life. Thanks for the site.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The date of my birth is January 13, 1955 - added it equals 25 that's 5 squared, add the 13 55 that equals 68 - 6 8 = 14 - 1 4 = 5.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have 5 E's in my full name my b-day is the of the 5th month full birthday equals 5x5 or 25,in 2005 I had a necklace charm of the # 5 made,I wear it a lot, it was supposed to be my sunshine year, it was a pretty good year

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      Sunfish LM 9 years ago

      I love this lens. What a fabulous idea. I wonder what could be made of other numbers?

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      rwoman 9 years ago

      I got married on May 5. How's that?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Birthday Buddy! This is a very cool lens, and I learned a lot more on our number. It is so interesting to look at how numbers intertwine with our lives, and sometimes make themselves very obvious :)

      This is neat, being born also on September 5th (9 5=14, 1 4=5)

      your daughter's numbers add up to 5,

      as does my son's (1 13=14, 1 4=5)

      my oddity is that my home address holds both my birthdate and my son's. 513

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Funny - I was visiting mum today and she pointed to her calendar and asked me. What is this celebration mentioned on here? "Chinco de Mayo" - I did not know. BLAM! You got it! And you also got LOD! Congratulations. 5 stars (of course) fav'd, fan already and lensrolled to my Staycation lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      Teacher Adez7 10 years ago

      Hi Christine, I love this lens. I now know more about 5's than I thought was out there. 5*'s from me for a job well done.

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      iSnorrie 10 years ago

      Absolutely amazing that the number 5 is so cool! Thanks for sharing :-)

      And a high-five for you!

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      5 is my favorite number!

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      Ellen Brundige 10 years ago from California

      Also, Russ Martin of the Dodgers, #55, started his career on Cinco de Mayo, and he's become an instant sensation as a "5 tool" catcher!

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      Ellen Brundige 10 years ago from California

      Another religion: in wicca and other earth-based spiritualities, 5 is the sacred #, representing earth, air, fire, water, and spirit (usually drawn as a pentacle).

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Very Interesting!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I agree with generationzip, 5 is great and so is 3! :-) PS A movie you missed out on is called V for Vendetta (the V stands for 5!)

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      Susan Deppner 10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this fun 5-star lens!

      5 is also nice when it's followed by a 2, as in Susan52 or my52cents (that's me). :-)


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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Cool, but tip your cap to Robert Anton Wilson and the Discordians, don't ya think?

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      CoralMilburnCur 10 years ago

      What a brilliant lens! Can I feature it on my education lenses?

      Best wishes


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      Christene-S 10 years ago

      "A man and a woman had a little baby,

      Yes, they did.

      They had three in the family,

      And that's a magic number."

      That's on my Only Children lens!

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      Emory Serviss 10 years ago

      I love it! A 5 star rating for a Number Five lens! I also lensrolled you to my Schoolhouse Rock lens. Although 5 is good, just remember that 3 is a Magic Number! :-)

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      Christene-S 10 years ago

      That's a great idea...thanks :)

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 10 years ago

      Very fun!! Cute idea. You might be able to boost your traffic from educators by offering a few links to sites with resources for teaching about the number five.