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The Number 23

Updated on April 10, 2013

23 is EVERYWHERE!

In nature, in history, in culture, in religion, and lurking behind you.....23 is everywhere.

To many people, the 23dians, the number 23 seems come up too much...it seems to stalk them. Perhaps it is true, or all in their heads, but it is a bit eerie how often the number 23 comes up.

Photo by Stephen Mosel used under CC 2.0

Random Occurrences of 23

  • Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born in 1967, and then died in 1994. 1 + 9 + 6 + 7 = 23. 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 23.
  • ASCII character number 23 is ETB - end transmission block.
  • According to the birthday paradox, a group of 23 randomly selected people is the smallest group where the probability is more than 50% that two people will share a birthday.
  • W is the 23rd letter in the alphabet. It has 2 points down and three points up and is located on your keyboard below the 2 and 3.
  • In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Caesar was stabbed a total of 23 times
  • Dr Pepper now boasts being an "authentic blend of 23 flavors"
  • The Twenty Threes is a secret society at Wake Forest University.
  • 23 is the standard TCP/IP port number for Telnet connections
  • The first song on Side A of The Beatles' first album took 23 takes to record.
  • Michael Jordan's jersey number: 23.
  • 23 is roman numberal XXIII (two X's, 3 I's)

23dians

A 23dian is someone who sees 23s everywhere. Their lives are highly influenced by the number 23 (or so they think). Maybe it's true, maybe not. I pass no judgments. I am not a 23dian, so how can I say.

The Number 23 - Starring: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen

The Number 23 (Unrated Infinifilm Edition) [DVD]
The Number 23 (Unrated Infinifilm Edition) [DVD]

Jim Carrey as a schizophrenic murderer isn't convincing, in this melodramatic film about a man obsessed by the Number 23. Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, St. Elmo's Fire) has unintentionally managed to make a comedy of horrors that really is quite humorous in parts. Walter Sparrow (Carrey) becomes engrossed in a homespun novel about Detective Fingerling, whose life degrades into mayhem because of his obsession with 23's esoteric numerical puzzles. Sparrow's preoccupation with the book follows his botched attempt to catch a nasty dog that bites him, leading one to believe that Sparrow's contraction of rabies might be the cause for his mental degradation. As the story progresses, Sparrow retreats further into Fingerling's world, rife with suicidal sexpots and hardboiled detective sleuthing. His wife, Agatha (Virginia Madsen), also plays Fingerling's girlfriend, sex-crazed Fabrizia, who taunts Fingerling until he stabs her. Back in reality, Walter aims to solve the unresolved crimes in the book, taking it as a murderer's diary rather than as an imagined work. The story is half-baked, though Carrey's portrayal of a mentally disturbed person is what makes The Number 23 comedic. Long, contemplative stares, and over-dramatized acting renders Sparrow a clichéd character, rather than one odd enough to engage viewers. For a better version of almost the exact plot but with a terrorist's twist, see Thr3e instead. --Trinie Dalton

 

23 in Nature

  • Humans have 46 of chromosomes - 23 from each parent.
  • Geosynchronous orbit occurs at 23,000 miles above Earth's surface.
  • Humans have 23 vertebra running down the main part of their spines.
  • Blood circulates the body on average every 23 seconds.
  • The human biorhythm cycle is 23 days long.
  • The pattern of DNA shows irregular connections at every 23rd section.
  • The tilt of Earth's axis is roughly 23 degrees.
  • The average head of human hair can support 23 tons of weight.
  • The golden section, an ancient progression of whole numbers represented by the series 2,3,5,8 etc. is repeated again and again in Nature.
  • Biological symmetry also mirrors the importance of the number five [i.e. five main bits spread out like a starfish, arms, legs, head etc., then five fingers, etc.].
  • The male and female sexual cycles run on different scales. Male cycle: 23 days. Female cycle 28 days [lunar month].
  • The 23rd crops up around all of the Solstice and Equinox dates, again creating a stronger link between us humans and the Universal forces of nature that act upon us. You can reject and ignore these forces as much as you want but the seasons still affect you more than you can possibly imagine. Now this is something that I WAS aware of and the Solstices have always been an intriguing time for me as they mark the coming and going of the seasons and form a strong link to our ancestors. For them of course these times were of tremendous cosmic and spiritual significance [is there any need to mention Stonehenge?].
  • The Harmonic Convergence occurs every 23,000 years.
  • Avogadro's number used in chemistry is 6.0221367Ã10^23.

2/3 = .666

Sin Romans 3:23-25, Christian, Religious Theme Italian Charm
Sin Romans 3:23-25, Christian, Religious Theme Italian Charm

Romans 3:23-25

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-

 

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Freak out your friends with the powers of 23. This generates an email to them that knows too much about them to be comfortable.

23 in History and Culture

  • December 23, 2012 is the day the classic Mayans said the world would end.
  • The I-Ching, practised by Taoist scholars since one thousand BC, uses coins (of which tails value 2 and heads value 3) to create a process of divination that views past, future and present as a whole. Central to the philosophy is the realisation that current reflection and meditation will affect the course of events. The I-Ching provides no set predictions but shows a possible course on one fractal arm of the future.The 23rd hexagram of the I-Ching signifies Chaos, Disintegration.
  • Five (2+3), is an immensely significant number in all ancient and some modern rites and rituals. Take the pentagram and modern [post-Crowley and Chaos] magick.
  • In the religion of Discordianism, 23 is considered a holy number.
  • In Islam, the holy book Quran was revealed in a total of 23 years to Prophet Muhammad.
  • The Knights Templar had 23 Grand Masters, the last being Jacques de Molay.
  • The first Moon landing, Apollo 11 was in the Sea of Tranquility at 23.63 degrees East. The second landing, Apollo 12, was in the Ocean of Storms, 23.42 degrees West. Also, 11 + 12, the numbers of the missions, add up to 23.
  • Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published in 1859: 1 + 8 + 5 + 9 = 23
  • September 11, 2001 = 9+11+2+0+0+1 = 23
  • "Franklin Delano Roosevelt" contains 23 letters.

    "George Herbert Walker Bush" contains 23 letters.

    "William Jefferson Clinton" contains 23 letters.

  • The Titanic sank on 4/15/1912, 4+1+5+1+9+1+2=23.

23 on TV and in the Movies - Media Occurrences of 23

  • One of the "Lost Numbers" on the television show Lost, along with 4, 8, 15, 16 and 42. According to producers of the show, 23 is the most important of these six numbers.
  • The number of people (16 females, 7 males) Neo was to select in order to re-found Zion in The Matrix Reloaded
  • The number of crosses on the hill at the end of the Monty Python film The Life of Brian is 23
  • Princess Leia is being held in detention block AA-23 in the Star Wars film A New Hope
  • In the movie The Big Lebowski, the Dude and his friends always use Lane 23 at the bowling alley
  • In the movie Serendipity the principle characters choose to meet on the 23rd floor of a building.
  • In the film Jeepers Creepers, the antagonist feeds for 23 days every 23 years.
  • In Die Hard with a Vengeance, a train derails in subway station 23.
  • The CBS show Ghost Whisperer is filmed in Stage 23, which is alleged to be haunted.

February 3 - 2 / 3

  • February 3, 1913 - The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect a graduated income tax.
  • February 3, 1916 - Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada burn down.
  • February 3, 1930 - The Communist Party of Vietnam was born.
  • February 3, 1931 - The Napier earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258.
  • February 3, 1947 - Coldest ever temperature recorded in North America at Snag, Yukon, -63 degrees Celsius
  • February 3, 1959 - The Day The Music Died: A plane crash kills rock-and-roll performers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.

23 - Biblical

  • Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
  • Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
  • Numbers 23:23 - Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! (The first message sent by morse code was "What hath God wrought")
  • Numbers 32:23 - But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

On 2/23/07

On 2/23/07, the day the Jim Carey movie was released, and the day page lens was created:

Let me know what you're thinking. Did this freak you out? Are you a 23dian? Know any other 23 factoid? Like the movie?

Your turn...

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      Eric Stuart 2 years ago

      I was born on October 23rd, 23 days before my moms 23rd birthday at 11:23, which is 23:23.

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      Nick 2 years ago

      I was born 4/23. My now deceased friends pager code was 23. My grandfather and I share a bday 23rd). At two different restaurants my waiting number was 23 (same week). Later that week my total amount of a purchase was 23.00 even.My moms bday is 10/23. When I look at my clock its 23 almost everyday. Turned up the volume in my car today and the number was 23. It is indeed everywhere.

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      girlygirl23 3 years ago

      is the curse of 23 true?!?

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      harold23 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Number not working

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello my name is john burks. i was born on 4 23 82. for the past 4 months now every time i look at my watch or watch tv its the number 23 stairing me in the face. the other day i got into a fight at a grocery store and as im leaving the store this woman puts her hand on my shoulder, and tells me to go home and read pslams 23. i went strait home read it and got goose bumps. it made me feel like that passage was wrote just for me! i broke down in tears and just prayed. it was like tears of joy though. anyway id like to know what this whole 23 has anything to do with my life. if you have suggestions call me at 7314122530

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was watching the movie "The Number 23" and at the end of the movie he looks at the clock and the little hand is on the 2 and big hand on the 3. I look at MY clock and it's the other way round big hand on the 2 and small hand on the 3! IT WAS INSANE! i took a picture. I automatically paused the movie and took a picture! i went downstairs and showed my mum the picture and she just laughed, but i found it that weird i looked at my clock for 8 minutes exactly... but the thing is the big hand was on the number 2, and i looked at the clock for 13 minutes exactly..i know this because 2 on the clock is 10 and 10+13=23!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i watched the movie "The Number 23" and it opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. I am only 13 but i get attached to movies and think quite deep into them. I have ever since i was little. I used to watch scary movies with my dad ALL THE TIME. And i think that is why i get so deep into the movies, just to almost prove there not real to me! Almost like support so i know i can sleep at night. But this movie, this movie was very different, a gave a whole different perspective for me to look at, well..at a movie! It is so inthralling and everything i can think of adds up to the number '23'. I have been on the internet and i have wrote a lot of things down...dates, sums...everything! and weirdly enough, not to freak you all out or anything but...my birthday is the 20th of March 1999- so take 20,March is the 3rd month...so 20+3=23! WEIRD, I KNOW! so then take the number 9 from the 1999 and add 9 onto 23...23+9=32. 32 is 23 reversed. THIS IS CRAZY WEIRD!! 2/3=.666...number of the devil. Now i know a lot of people are born on the 20th of March but...999 is 666 upside down and then my birthday dates add up to 23 and 32! a bit weirder now! 2+3=5...5 is the 3rd prime number and also the 2nd digit of the number 23...so i just said "3rd and 2nd digit" that is 32....also reversed as 23!!! My sisters birthday is the 9th of july...so the 9th of the 7th..9+7=16, add 7 onto 16=23,23 is the date of my cousins birthday.

      PLEASE comment and let me know how weird or NOT weird you thought this was!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Graduated may 23,2003. Movie number 23 came out when I was 23. First middle last name maiden and marriage together add up to 23 letters. Husband born on feb 23, son born on oct 23, son born feb 3. Have my grandmas name as my middle name she was born may 23. Everyday I see 23 as the time when I check the time on a clock. It's so weird!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, I am also born on the 23rd of november in 1992. i see the number 23 many times, everyday. at first i thought it was a coincident, but i am now convinced that its not. freaks me out...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i am a 23dian 23's revolve around my life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was born on the 23rd of november 1994 (1+9+9+4=23)

      My name Emma using numbers and the alphabet adds up to 32, turn it around its 23. Woop woop

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      Drake McSherry 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      The movie was awesome! Love the lens. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my sis was born on 23 and bcaz of that erfan taraj died. Number 23 relates my bday 7 Oct 1987 that shows 7 + 10 + 8 + 7 = 23.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      there are 23 s everywhere in my life, but here is the strange thing, i paid for a football box last year in january, i went to pick 23, but the box was taken, soooooooooooo i double the number and i picked box number 46, which is double (23), and i hit for that box!, more strange, i won 300 hundred dollars, and my daughters birthday is jan 23! i won one day before her birthday!!!so you know where the money went? people pay attention, it does mean something.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: YEs , it is freaky . I 'm obssessed with the number 23 , Or should I say that the number is obssessed with me !!

      I was obssessed with it before watching the movie "THe number 23" When I watched it I freaked out , And I noticed that when I look for The number I don't find it But the moment I forget about it It appears , It's Like the numbers is the one who looks for me .

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Wow, very interesting and I was not aware of much of this. I've always liked the number 23, but attributed it to being born on the 23rd, and my son was born exactly 6 months from my birthday on the 23rd! I suppose now I'll tend to be more aware of it in my surroundings.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was born July 23rd. 1994. 1+9+9+4= 23. If you combine my first, middle, and last name together, you will get 23 letters. I see the number 23 daily, and it is not on purpose. Just today I was invited to a party which will be held on October 13. October is the tenth month, so 10+13= 23. It's a bit freaky, but I keep telling myself, it's just a number.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      where to start... my girlfriend and i started going out 6/23/10, broke up 3 months later on 9/23/10. plus she was the 23rd girl i was with my birthday 6/29, 6-29= -23. was born at 12:30 am, the numbers been following me since 8th grade and appears the most whenever i have a girlfriend for somereason, the numbers all add up to 23 on my license plate,ironic? not sure...hate this number more than anything

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ok, so i'm born on the 23rd of february 1993, so in the 2nd month and on the 3rd day of the week, i have always considered 23 my lucky number (and i always put it in my users name). Just for the fun of it i caculating my first name, my middle name and my last name and it gives me 23. I do see the number 23 or 2 or 3 often, my apartment number is 203... but i don't think i'm obsessed with it. I just think it's a coincendence that i see so often.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Well there you go. I've got to admit that I never knew there was anything up with 23! This lens has been blessed by the maths angel and added to my best maths resources lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      throught out all 13 years of life the number 23 or 32 has been following me.

      It has been following my mom too since she was 23 years old and now its following me. It is really not a quincedence, because i try to notice other numbers more but i see 23 or 32 almost daily. my house number is 253 and that number helps me remember it since we just moved. My moms car number had 323 in it once. i had pants that said 23 on them on the butt. Once there was a seat number in the theater right in front of me that said 32. and its basically 23 or 32 everything. Its not that im sick of it, Its just so mystical and anusial that i see it so often. And i am sure its definitely a sign of something.

      its not as often as others saw it that commented on this, but i think its enough times i saw it to get freaked out :L

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      and now i figured out that milos and i met on aug 15 --> 15+8=23

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my bfriend and i are together since aug 23,and from then the number 23 is all around us,never been before.then i found out that the numbers of my bday gives 23,i was born at 3:23am...the number of my grandpa is 23 and my bfriends grandpa,as well.i had a weird story from some picnic.my bfriend and stay late so we decided to turn up candle,a big green candle.then when we decided to go home i pick up candle and i saw the number 23 on it.he saw it too,so its not my imagination. im not freaking out,i love this number!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      today i just found out that my first name mid and last name and anitions all add up to 23 and that was like after me and my bf watched the number 23 so im like frecking out he finds it fun i don't!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: i realy thought it was just me!!!

      getting freaked out i at least see it 3 times a day?!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my birthday is on February 3 and my stepfather died on march 23 2007 and my uncle died on april 23 2007 ... freaky!! and my crush at school has number 23 on his t-shirt .. and my 2 shorts that my mom bought were numbered 23 ... it's so weird ... HELP ... and I hope that december 23 2012 won't be the end of the world ... how sad ...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i was born on 23.11.1992.

      (23)......1 1 1 9 9 2=23...im searching for more:S

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i see 23 everywhere, its always in the time, on the back of T shirts, does anyone think it could be a sign that the world will actually end on the 23rd of december 2012 as predicted?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i was born on october 23rd 1994= 1 9 9 4=23. today is july 15th 2009. Next year at this time i will be 15 years 8 months and 23 days old. 15 8=23. I am 464,8(32),ooo seconds old right now.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My birthday is june 23 1990 2x3 from 23 =6 as in june is the six month. 2 divided by 6 is 3 its weird and now i see 23 every where in signs on clocks i wanna know what it means.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      And don't forget.. Strawberry Letter 23. It's a catchy tune. It still haunts me from my childhood.

      The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23 (Original Clip)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guJ3fHkTGts

      Bro - yo!

      Chromosome X Number 23 by Human Genome Project

      http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2223

      x-y axis..

      Coldplay X&Y

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64TDUvWF1xQ

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was born 19of August, I left hospital 4 days later...My nickname is Jordan who had 23number, in school I always had 23number, it's only examples. I see 23 many times EVERYDAY! For me it's normal, I very strong believe that this number is magic.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      well that is creepy but i saw the movie and i don't get why everyone got so freaked out by it because its only a number

      i doubt its going to take over your life

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i got a check today and the phone number and the check number both added up to 23. i watched the movie 23 a couple of times. every since then i have found the number every where. the last two numbers on the check is repeated twice/ 2464 2 2=4 4 4=8 6 6=12 4 4=8

      4 8 12 8=32 32 reversed is 23. its weird im worried bout it

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I'll never take the number 23 for granted again. I thought it was...just a number.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      TWENTYTHREE

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Really people it is just a number, but if it is real then it is evil, Turn to God, Accept Jesus As your savior and all this nonsense will go away.

      Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the Lord shal be saved.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      my birthday is dec.23

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      RichLeighHD 9 years ago

      A very interesting lens. I shall definitely have to seek out the film 'Thr3e'. I wasn't at all impressed with the film 'The Number 23' but felt it was an interesting concept which could have been better explored. I like your separating of sections and really enjoyed reading through the lens!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Well, heck, I reckon I am a 23rdian today! What an interesting lens -- thanks for letting me know about it. Numerology is so cool. 5*****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      born on april 23rd

      the year 1967=23

      my name is Brian Cartwright..BC=23

      named after brian boru killed on april 23rd

      choose st george as patron saint whose day is april 23rd

      have 666 tattoed on my hand 2divided by 3=.666

      all of this i have only realised recently,now i,m looking into it more.

      my email is briancartwright789@btinternet.com

      anybody want to talk more about this please email me

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      this number has been with me for more than 18 years and my birthday is the 5th(2 3) i love this number and always will!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i am a 23dian because i OMFGOSH...I STOPPED TYPING AT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING TO WRITE AND IT STOPPED AT 23 CHARACTERS!!!

      but anyway.. its real and i see it everywhere. me and my friend are big believers and it haunts us and im very scared and i want to know the meaning of it..

      23 is everywhere, 323 letters here

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i always find ways to scare my friend with the number 23 and she doesn't like it

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My birthday was 11/11/1992.

      1 1 1 1 19 (9 2)

      1 1 1 1 19 1-1=23

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      FYI: On the second season of Dexter, the serial killer was finally revealed and his house/apartment number was 23.

      (Ummm, I'm a 23dian)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nearly Took me 23 minutes to read this page ;)

      Internet Franchise Opportunity

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i held my breath for 23 seconds before

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      everyday for the past few years i have always caught my digital clock when it read 23:23. Evryone has started to notice this now as it's such a frequent thing. I don't know why this happens

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      My name has 20 letters and 3 words.

      I was born at 3:45 5*4 3=23

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      if you add the numbers from my name as represented on a telephone keypad and divide by two it is 32.

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      AntonioDelaShaw 10 years ago

      I knew i should have gotten married on the 23rd....... :(

      Cheers Tony from sheds

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      From my date of birth to my current home address, the number 23 has a strong presence in my life. I've even made a list of where it plays a part in my life, as well as how I see it randomly every single day (parking spaces, ticket numbers, the time, etc.).

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I've finished to see the film Number 23 (Jim Carrey) and I believe I've read before (1999) casually or not Psalm 23 Numbers 32:23 (both the same day 23),think it's rare cause are my favourite verses in bible.But can you find any relation between Michael Joseph Jackson and the Garvin Arvizo's case.