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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995
Subject: is 47 your sign

i was looking at an astrology chart yesterday and i noticed something interesting. the ruling # for aquarius is 4. the next sign, pisces, is ruled by the # 7.

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995
Subject: Gruppe 47

Gruppe 47 (English "Group 47")

"An informal association of German speaking writers that was founded in 1947 (hence its name). Gruppe 47 originated with a group of war prisoners in the United States who were concerned with re-establishing the broken traditions of German literature. Feeling that Nazi propaganda had corrupted their language, they advocated a style of sparse, even cold, descriptive realism devoid of pompus or poetic verbiage.

"Returning to Germany, they founded _Der Ruf_ ("The Call"), which was supressed in 1947 by the U.S. military government for political radicalism. The central figures of the group were the novelist Hans Werner Ricther and the writer Alfred Andersch. As the group's political aims diminished, its literary prestige rose, and its yearly prize conferred high distinction. Gunter Grass and Heinrich Boll were prizewinners. The last full conference of the group was in 1967."

_The New Encyclopaedia Britannica_, Vol. 5, Micropaedia, p. 525, 1993.

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 15:48:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eric Levine <>
Subject: 47 monkeys sittin on a tree

this from an ace student

47 has become increasingly popular!
I can't even remeber all the places I've seen it lately!
To start:
The Dow jones industrial average=47.something
the number on the fire extinguisher in the highschool lockerroom: 47
number of pages in Walden Pond=247
the mass ratio of zinc to zinc to zinc chloride=.47

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995
Subject: to die for

the new g. van sant film
prominently places a 47 as the cable channel at which
nicole kidman's character works.

for 33 buffs,
the address of the station is 33...

Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 11:10:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eric Levine <>
Subject: 47 oj's


oj's trial lasted 474 days.
oj was allowed 47 names on his list of visitors
(normally, a prisoner is allowed 3).

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 17:47:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eric Levine <>
Subject: liberia and basketball

The African nation of Liberia was declared a republic in the year 1847.
there are 247 panels in the parquet floor of the old Boston Garden.

Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 08:02:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peter Samson <>

I was just in Galveston, Texas, for a 5-day annual trade conference of the
IMAX Film industry. One of the exhibit booths there was occupied by a company
named "Groupe 47," a small French filmmaking company.

I asked how they chose the number 47 for their name. They said it is the
number of constellations!! I was stunned, of course, by this cosmic

They also admitted, however, that there is some disagreement about the
actual number of constellations. Fans of the number 47 may want to add that to
their long list of research topics.

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 15:05:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eric Levine <>

1. last night e. martinez of the seattle mariners hit his
47th double of the year--a new team record.
at the time, the mariners were losing to minnesota
4-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning.
in the bottom of the 7th and 8th innings, they generated 7 runs
to win 7-4.

2. in the omen, the priest who gets skewered by the steeple
has 47 crosses hanging on his door.

Date: Tue, 8 Aug 1995 17:03:29 -0700 (PDT)

The Genoa is now offering two choices for patrons at their fine dining
establishment on Belmont.

An ad seen in the playbill from "Angels in America"

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 15:45:34 -0700 (PDT)

From the Redhook Ale Brewery WWW Site (

Ballard Bitter India Pale Ale contains 4.7% Alcohol by weight.

Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 21:18:27 -0400
From: Camille <>

Try reading Dave Barry's Guide to Life. 47's everywhere.

Date: Mon, 03 Jul 95 03:00:00 0600

Christopher Guest is 47 years old. He was born on 2/5 (my birthday also) in 1948.

His character in the band Spinal Tap (my favorite fake band), Nigel Tufnel, grew up in Squatney, England in flat #47. David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) lived next door in #45.

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