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Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 09:57:51 -0800 (PST)
Subject: new 47 blood

this guy found us over the web and has an independent (non-pomona) connection to 47. he offers his list of incidents, a few of which we've seen before, many of which are new.

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Here is my current list of 47 trivia:

On December 6, 1995, Harvard Medical School released a study of 47,000 men, finding that those who ate 4-7 servings of cooked tomatoes a week significantly reduced their chances of prostate cancer.

Baseball's World Series is won by the team winning 4 of 7 games.

O.J. Simpson spent exactly 474 days in Jail during his 1995 trial.

In Star Trek Voyager episode "? 5/95", a virus attacks the neural gel packs which control the ships computers. When a failing gel pack causes the concern early in the show, there are "47 gel packs on reserve."

In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Non-sequitur", Harry Kim's office in at Star Fleet Academy in alternate reality San Francisco is "Level 6 Sub section 47" . There are several star dates in this episode that start with 47, in particular when Kim accesses his history file.

In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Cold Fire", a malevolent Ocampa takes Voyager to place where a Caretaker should meet them. When asked how long they will wait, Tannis says, "Sesperia should respond in the next 47 hours." (The bearing to get to the array was 27219...)

Happy hours at the vast majority of bars, as advertised on billboards, are from 4 to 7 pm.

The Maltese Falcon, a famous movie prop, weighed 47 pounds.

There are 47 voting members for the Academy Awards.

Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.

Today, every year on the anniversary, the hold "Days of '47" celebrations.

 4 + 7 = 11
     7 + 11 = 18
         11 + 18 = 29
              18 + 29 = 47

The largest integer that can be represented on the PC in a long int: 2147483647. There are two forward 47's in this number and one backwards.

In the StarTrek Voyager episode on "Parallax", the Doctor's knowledge is the composite of "2000 medical books and the knowledge of 47 doctors". Also, in the same show, when the doctor is shrinking he tells Janeway to press "button 47" on her console.

July 5, 1995
IBM today announced that it successfully completed its tender offer to acquire the common stock of Lotus Development Corporation at $64 per share. Approximately 97 percent of the 47.4 million outstanding Lotus shares have been accepted for payment by an IBM subsidiary following completion of the tender offer on July 3.

In Star Trek Next Generation episode "Homecoming", the final scene has Picard's brother give him a bottle of wine from the family vinyard as a gesture of friendship. He says, "Here is a bottle of the '47. Don't drink it all at once, and try not to drink alone."

Each cell in the human body has 46 chromosomes. Down's Syndrome is caused when the fertilized egg develops a 47th chromosome during mitosis. Individuals with Down's Syndrome have 47 chromosomes in each cell.

Abraham Lincoln knew of 47's. The starting line of the Gettysburg Address, known to all, is: "Four score and seven years ago ...." Lincoln chose to do this because a 4-7 combination was more cosmic than 87.

Important inventions from 1947:

In 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to exceed the speed of sound.

-- Brian J. Cragun GUI and Multimedia Development

Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 09:36:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: escapist 47's

from one of the faithful (

I found a couple new 47s tonight...Please check out the song "Wild Wild West" by the Escape Club. It starts out saying "47 dead beats living in a back street". Later (2nd verse) says: "47 Heart Beats beating like a drum..."

Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 16:02:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: latter day 47s

I'm currently tracking down aleads on this sighting: Every year Utah
hold a "days of '47" celebration. Last night I talked to last year's
"Days of '47 Queen" Melissa Thayne of Bountiful, Utah.

I'm a senior at Pomona College, double-majoring in Geology and
Sociology-Public Policy Analysis. I am also a member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS church or the
"Mormon" church. On Jully 24th, 1847 Brigham Young, then prophet and
president of the LDS church, led the Saints into the Slat Lake valley
and informed them that this would be where they would settle. They had
just finished a landmark trek across the Great Plains from Winter
Quarters, Iowa. They were fleeing heavy persecution in Illinois where
they had been brutally driven from their homes.

Now, I've always known that every July Utah and especially Mormons in
Utah hold a celebration on and around July 24th to honor their Pioneer
heritage. It's also the date of the Utah's admission into the United
States (though that happened in a later year) so it's sort of a
founders' day, inaguration day celebration thing. I'd always called it
Pioneer Days. Aparantly they call it "Days of '47" up there in Utah. I
didn't know that.

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