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Date: Tue, 25 Feb 1997 09:27:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: magic school bus

On the PBS educational animated series "The Magic School Bus" last week the episode on rain forests had a rain forest inspector character. He was inspector #47.

[submitted by] Christian & Sarah Schumann-Curtis

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 11:08:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: king of the airwaves

from assorted sources:

Stephen King was born in 1947

nw airlines phone number 800-447-4747

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 15:00:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: sunday february 16

This Sunday, February 16, is the 47th day of the year.
[note: 2/16 is always the 47th day of the year, even in leap years.]

[submitted by:] eric levine

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 11:38:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: star wars and super novas

With of the Star Wars hype have we already identified the following?:

The Millenim Falcon was waiting at docking port 94 (2 x 47) at Mossysli Space Port on Tatooine.

Also, on Nova last night (2-11-97) it was reported that the largest Stone Age tomb in England, located near Stonehenge, contains the remains of 47 people.

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 17:07:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: film 47

the 47th annual berlin film fest is currently going on.

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 09:55:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: all-star 47

Last sunday brought us the 47th Annual NBA All-star game. At half-time, the NBA's 50 greatest players of all time were brought onto the court for a special ceremony. 3 were missing.

[submitted by] eric levine

Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 13:24:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: barry, sex, and 47

Dave Barry and 47
When Dave Barry uses random number, especially a large one, it often includes a 47. For example...

In "Tax Attacks":
-"There are a number (23,968,847) of significant differences between this years tax form and last years..."
-"taxpayers who make everything up should use numbers that sound sort of accurate, such as $3,847.62..."

In "Valuable Scam Offer":
-"He said they had already spent somewhere between $400 and $700 on us..."

In "The Columnists Caper":
-"Some 2,347 miles away in East Berlin..."

In "Ear Wax in the Fog":
-"... the plane from flight 407..."

* * *

Sex and 47

When 776 readers of "Mens Health" magazine we asked "When a woman says no to a sexual advance, do you think she always means it?", the results were:
Yes: 47.7%
No: 47.4%

Sex education in the schools is required or "recommended" in 47 states.

In "The Evolution of Desire," the evoluntionary pschyologist Professor David Buss conducted a study of the mating preferences of 10047 individuals from 37 cultures.

In "Bitter Moon," theres a 47 in the middle of the videophone screen when Oscar (played by Grinnell graduate Peter Coyote) dials up the prostitute.

* * *

And lastly, in Shakespeares "Othello," the villian Iago mentions his age as "four times seven."

Submitted: E. F., Grinnell College

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