This archive contains March 1996 postings to the 47 Society mailing list.

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Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 07:25:58 -0800 (PST)

implied 47 at:

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 21:21:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: (47) Incredible fact (fwd)

hold onto your hats...

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From: Brian Cragun

Exactly 47 states do not touch Lake Superior.

Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 14:48:35 -0800 (PST)
From: schlock <>
Subject: more Real-life 47s

California's dairy advisory board ran a campaign last year about California Real Cheese. A giant billboard near my house read: "47 Million People Visited California Last Year...It's The Cheese."

I'm sure everyone has seen the Seldane ad where the marathon runner crosses the finish line, 47 prominently displayed on the paper attached to her shirt.

A catalog I once received--I think it was _Signals_--displayed a digital clock, forever frozen at 12:47.

There are 47 mL of concentrate in a serving of Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail.

In one chapter of my physics book, the answer to problem #47 is 0.47 mm.

An episode of Ren and Stimpy involves "Forty-seven million dollars!" which Stimpy wins for a poem about Gritty Kitty kitty litter.

In an episode of the Simpsons, Homer plays the lottery. I began to pay attention when a radio voiceover began to read off the lottery numbers...guess what the last number was. (Some coworkers of my dad's attempted to play the lottery with nothing more than the number 47 and various combinations thereof, but they lost...oh well. If all numbers really *are* equal to 47...)

And, for the umpteenth time it seems, I went to a store the other day and received 47 cents in change.

"No, I'm an extraordinary bitching pain in the ass." --Beau Felton
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Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 14:37:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Brian Cragun
Subject: transportation 47

Most coach busses have a passenger seating capacity of 47.

Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1995
From: Eric347 <>
Subject: for our files.

As you all know, 4/7 is fast approaching.

In case it should yield any useful information, please take a minute to drop me a line right now.

Tell me please:

  1. where you are,
  2. how you first discovered 47,
  3. your most significant sighting, and
  4. whether or not you have a pomona college connection (and if so, what is it?)

i'll publish the results around 4/7.

Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 15:21:12 -0800 (PST)
Subject: fugitive 47's
From: Richard Meyer <>

> * In the Harrison Ford movie "The Fugitive" (which I first saw in Seaver North), the number of patients with prosthetic arms found by Harrison Ford's character was 9, but the number found by the investigators following him was... 47. (they say this 2 or 3 times).

Yes, and other Fugitive 47s (taht ekil gnihtemos ro):
The TV station was Channel 74
The hospital address was 974
The cop car number was _74
The laundry room cart was _74

Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 15:18:34 -0800 (PST)
From: Jim Ferris <>

1) While staying at a Courtyard by Marriott this last weekend my wife and I went to the pool. There, on the wall, big as day, was this sign:

Pool Capacity
47 persons.

2) This week's issue of TV Guide tells of how Conan O'Brien tried to find the guy who played Grady on the "Sanford and Son" sitcom in the seventies.
The finally found him, Whitman Mayo, after a 47 day search!
You can find it on page 7 of the March 2-8 issue of TV Guide.

Date: Fri, 1 Mar 96 17:18:44 -0000
From: rlai <>

* The ambulance on the hit T.V. show "E.R." is #47.

* In the Harrison Ford movie "The Fugitive" (which I first saw in Seaver North), the number of patients with prosthetic arms found by Harrison Ford's character was 9, but the number found by the investigators following him was... 47. (they say this 2 or 3 times).

* I'm not all that sure about this one, since it's been a while, but I believe it was the movie "Look Who's Talking" (the original)--there is a limousine with 47 on the license plate.

Also, here are some 47's found on the Web to add to your list:

* another plane: the Douglas C-47A Skytrain

* a band named Black 47 <>

* the Ohio lottery is named "Super Lotto 6/47", presumably because they have 47 balls in the machine. The results are listed at

Roger Lai '94

Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 14:12:54 -0800 (PST)

obliquity: the angle between the planes of the earth's equator and orbit having a mean value of 23 degrees 26 minutes 34 seconds.
.52 in 1972 and diminishing 0".47 per year. (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary)

Article in Harpers Bazaar, Feb 1996:
"Dead Woman Walking" has a subtitle that there are now 47 women on death row in the US. The first woman interviewed, Lynda Lyon, is aged 47. Article by B. Rosenburg.

Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 10:52:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: don't sweat this 47

As a Pomona College senior, I noticed my beloved Pomona College sweatshirt was becoming increasingly worn, so I decided to go to the Coop store to buy a new one. While selecting a new green sweatshirt, I also happened to notice a pair of Pomona College sweatshorts. As it turns out, the total of of my purchase.... was $47.74---- "47" coming and going!

Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 10:51:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 47 sighting from hell

I'm currently at UC Davis. A few years ago, I was in Palo Alto at a party thrown by a friends from HMC (you know, that ill-regarded tech school up the street from Pomona...) Anyway, another person from Davis whom I didn;t know was there, and we ran into eachother on campus the week after the party. We became pretty good friends thereafter. Her address was 4747 Pomona St. Davis California.

Go figure.


PS Just to add to it, it turned out that one of her housemates was a woman who used to fence at Cal Poly Pomona when I was fencing for Pomona; I had no idea she was in Davis.

Go figure again.

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