This archive contains May 1997 postings to the 47 Society mailing list.

47-l-digest            Sunday, June 1 1997            Volume 01 : Number 002


Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 10:38:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Now the fun begins!

[Here's where it gets good...]

This post is a perfect example of the 47 coincidence phenomenon. I 
came across this society about two months ago, and here's a post from 
my home town. I know exactly where Robbinsdale Cooper High School 
is--right next to my elementary school. And I know the first Eileen 
Miloy who ever owned a millinary shop on its stage. This is too much fun!

[submitted by]

> I was so happy to come across the 47 society.  My friends and I at
> school have been noticing the same strange 47 occurances.  It started
> at  a audition for the musical Hello Dolly.  There is a quote "...waist
> 47."  Ever since then we've noticed all sorts of different 47's.  And 47
> has become what we are known for.  We shout "47" whenever we see it.
> Just one example, there are 47 minutes in each class at Robbinsdale
> Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota.  I learned about the 47
> society from a friend of mine who is looking into Pamona, she showed me
> page 47 in her Pamona book and to my surprise someone else loves the
> number 47.  Thanks for starting a great society.
> [submitted by] 
> Corey Anderson


Date: Sat, 3 May 1997 09:57:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: to die for 47

47 Sighting: Final moments of the movie, "To Die For" starring Nichol
Kidman, when her character is videotaping herself with tape numbered 47.
This is from my memory, please confirm yourself given the chance.  I'm a
Pomona College alum hoping to help the spirit of 47 prosper.

[submitted by ray hong]

[In fact, Ray, 47 features prominently in "To Die For".  Nicole Kidman's
TV station is Cable 47.]


Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 08:39:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hollywood 47s

I caught the tail end of Forrest Gump tonight.  Forrest was in Atlanta to
see Jenny and was waiting for the bus to take him ter her address, which
is, you guessed it:

1947 Henry St. Apartment 11

[submitted by]
Christian & Sarah Schumann-Curtis


"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" takes place in Hollywood, 1947

[submitted by]
- - Banai Lynn Feldstein


Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 11:50:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 47s from a resident pro

We had a midterm today; the prof came out at one point and said "It's 11:47
now, so you have 5-10 more minutes..."

For some reason every time we talk about a movie for my film theory class,
the prof always initially thinks the movie was made in 1947...

We watched *Sunset Boulevard* for that class; in it, William Holden's
character mentions he is writing a baseball movie, about a "rookie
shortstop batting .347"...

Found in my wallet: a receipt from Draeger's, bearing the cryptic code "47
DLAL 12" in the upper left-hand corner.

On X-Files a couple of weeks ago the suspect (really a scientist come back
from the future to prevent his own research ever happening) runs off to his
hotel room, which is #47.  (Sometimes I wonder about the X-Files, because I
know some of the people from Trek have ended up running things over there.
Wonder if the 47 phenomenon has spread to them too?  Will I have to set up
a new web page?)

[submitted by]
Until next time,


Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 12:59:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Many May 47s

[You may already know some of these]

In Hot Springs National Park, thermal waters from 47 mineral springs are 
distributed to the bathhouses.

In 1992, the life expectancy of men in Gambia, Dijbouti, and Congo was 47--
the same as that of the United States in 1900.

Isobutyric acid (CH3)2CHCO2H has a melting point of -47.0 degrees Celsius.

Ethiopia and Brunei both have a population density of 47 persons per square 

An estimated 47% of Istanbul's population lives in improvised housing without 
public services.

Connecticut has 47 "institutions of higher education."

According to the Bettmann Archive, as a result of the atom bomb dropped on 
Nagasaki, 47 percent of the city was destroyed.

The unmanned Cosmos 47, launched on October 6, 1964, was the first spacecraft 
of the Soviet Union's Voskhod Program of space exploration.

After our sun, the brightest star in the sky is Sirius A with an apparent 
brightness magnitude of -1.47.

Greg Louganis won 47 U.S. diving titles.

47 percent of Zimbabwe's electrical energy is produced from water power.

Under Zimbabwe's Land Apportionment Act of 1930, whites occupied 47 percent 
of the land, 47 percent was set aside in African reserves, and 6 percent was 
set aside as national or forest areas.

Strabo, a Greek geographer and historian, completed his 47-volume "Historical 
Sketches," little of which has survived, in 31 B.C.

The external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle is 8.38 meters wide and 47 meters 

Of the solar radiation emitted by the Sun and intercepted by Earth, 30 
percent of is reflected into space, 23 percent powers the evaporation-
precipitation cycle of the biosphere, and 47 percent is converted to heat on 
Earth and reradiated to space.

The Rocket--the early English Locomotive that won the Rainhill trials, a 
competition sponsored by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1829--
completed the trials with a maximum speed of 47 km/hr.

The Pentagon Papers is the popular name given to a secret 47-volume study 
done in 1967-69 by a team of analysts for the U.S. Department of Defense on 
the Vietnam War.

To be recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, a female Nova Scotia duck 
tolling retriever must be at least 47 cm high at the shoulders.

Edwin Corley Moses is the best 400-m hurdler in track history, setting a 
world record four times--47.64 sec in 1976, 47.45 sec in 1977, 47.13 sec in 
1980, and 47.02 sec in 1983.

Metastasio, the pen name of Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi, 
wrote 47 librettos for oratorios.

When Juan Sebastian del Cano assumed command Magellan's expedition, the 
"Victoria" departed the Moluccas for Spain with 47 Europeans and 13 natives 
of the islands aboard.

Leopold I, the second son of Ferdinand III, reigned as Holy Roman Emperor for 
47 years.

Rodolphe Kreutzer, a French violinist and composer, is the dedicatee of 
Beethoven's so-called "Kreutzer" sonata, opus 47, for violin and piano. 

When Will Keith Kellogg established the philanthropic Kellogg Foundation in 
1930, he gave it a total of $47 million.

47 countries participate in the membership of the International Bureau of 
Weights and Measures.

In 1728, Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts 
and Sciences, was based on a Baconian classification that covered 47 arts and 

The Donner party was a group of 87 persons chose to follow an untested route 
to California, and after becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas, only 47 
people survived after many of the original number starved to death.

The synchrotron particle accelerator of the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron 
Laboratory can attain collision energies of 47 billion electron volts (47 

In the Local Government Act of 1972,  the counties of England and Wales 
outside London were reorganized into 47 nonmetropolitan counties and 6 
metropolitan counties.

Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust--47 percent.

[Submitted by] 
E. F.

[and a few more]

Here at our high school, we noticed a few 47s of our own
First of all, Cooper High school is located on 47th avenue north
Also, each class period lasts 47 minutes long
Our musical, Hello Dolly, included the line "waist 47?"
University avenue in Minneapolis is highway 47
Interstate 94 (47x2) goes through the Twin Cities
On 4/7, my friend played a game of mini golf.  Final score: 47-47
On a napkin package, there were 40 7"napkins per package             

[submitted by]


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 17:41:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Beatles, Homocide, and other 47s.

i don't know if i've mentioned this before, but the beatles got 47 gold
records.  and also, their second performance on the ed sullivan show was
on february 16, 1964, which i don't need to tell you was the 47th day of
the year.

[submitted by]

[and these:]

Seems every time I send off an e-mail to the list, another bunch of 47s
crop up.  Well, here are a few more...

In my film seminar the other day the VCR was inexplicably set to channel
47.  The "Channel 47" video display popped up each time the VCR was stopped
(and since this is a film class, we do switch tapes a lot).

There is a group of people out there ( who want to
amend Title 47 USC 227 to make unsolicited commercial e-mail illegal.

A few weeks ago I picked up the campus paper for the first time in a long
while. Of course it was issue #47...

On _Homicide_ last week the medical examiner puts back together Beau
Felton's skull; she says it was in 47 pieces.  (Ha!  I love this show; I
post to their NG regularly.  Wonder if the producers found my page
somehow...or is it just an amazing coincidence...)

There is an ad posted on a bulletin board in the campus drama department
(I'm running tech for a drama production) that boasts of the Sacramento
Music Circus' 47 years of entertainment.  (I'm actually from Sacramento,
which makes it even more interesting.)

And I could swear that I'm being followed around by maintenance truck #947...

[submitted by]


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 17:42:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Father's Day 47

In the new Crystal/Williams hit notice that the boy they're looking for
bought a bauble for $4700

[submitted by]
Christian & Sarah Schumann-Curtis


Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 15:06:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: oh my! more 47s.

And again it happens...

Went to the library today to watch a film for class; was assigned to a
booth with headphone set #47.

Noticed that the infamous shower scene in _Psycho_ takes place 47 minutes
into the film.  (I needed to note the time for a presentation.)

Likewise, a particularly noteworthy segment of Ingmar Bergman's film
_Persona_ takes place 47 minutes into it (it's the recurrence of the
prologue montage).

Walked back into my room upon coming back from the library to find the
roommate watching MTV's top 500; they were on #447.

An experiment we're looking at in our film practice class involved 47
different soundtracks applied to different images to study the influence of
music on mood.

An article we're reading for another class has on one page citations of
both p. 47 of one work and p. 347 of another.

Let's hope that sending this one might keep them away for awhile (heaven

[submitted by]


Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 15:07:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: converting slowly 47

I took a road trip from northern California down to Pomona with a
non-believer in the car.  On the trip down we saw 7 license plates with
47 in them, three trucks which had 47 in their ID numbers and 2
advertised phone numbers with a 47.  The non-believer is not quite a
believer yet, but his arguments are weakening!

[submitted by]
Pam Rino


Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 09:40:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: astronomy and 47

Quoting from the June 1997 issue of Astronomy magazine:
"A group of sunspots that first appeared in April 1947 was the largest ever
observed."  It would have been cool if this had also been on page 47 of the
magazine, but it was on page 48 instead.  I just wanted to pass along this
astronomical 47.

[submitted by]
James Marshall


Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 09:43:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: First Contact 47

[from an unidentified newcomer]

This is my first day finding 47's and i was rifling along my desk and saw
an issue of "entertainment this month" i really forgot how i got it, (its
the june issue) and in the return address i saw this:

PO Box 470-E92

Plus, their ordering by mail address has PO BOx 79674 and a zip code of

Also, my microsoft intellimouse has an inverted 47 on its bottom:

Part No. 68874

[and the subscription address to boot is]
Boot magazine
PO Box 41478

Just goes to show you that 47 is prevelent even in thunder bay!


Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 10:59:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: baseball 47

OMAHA -- New Orleans Zephyrs first baseman J.R. Phillips set what is 
believed to be an American Association record Tuesday by hitting four 
homers in a seven-inning game.

"That was an awesome display," Zephyrs manager Matt Galante said. "I don't 
think any of those were wind-blown. ... The fourth one, I just can't 
believe it. Especially since he hit it so hard."

Three others hit four homers in American Association games, but a spokesman 
from the league office in Cincinnati said he thought Phillips was the first 
to do it in a seven-inning contest. The Class AAA American Association 
shortens doubleheader games to seven innings.

The four homers also set a record for Rosenblatt Stadium, which hosts 
Royals games and the College World Series.

[submitted by]
Rich Meyer


Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 13:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: A plethora of 47s

[A flurry of 47 postings requires me to consolidate several submissions
into one posting, but read through these entries--there's a lot of good
stuff here]

In the movie "Vegas Vacation" (please don't suffer through that like
I foolishly did) a second order 47 appeared in one of the unorthodox games
played at the unusual casino (which I recognized at the Gold Strike Inn on
the way to Hoover Dam, having lived too long in Vegas myself).  The game
was guess a number between 1 and 10.  Chevy Chase guessed 4, the "dealer"
was actually thinking of 7.

[submitted by]
Christian & Sarah Schumann-Curtis


 	  The other day I won my first trophy in a triathlon, and I'm
          convinced it was the power of 47.

          It was my 4th 10k run in a race, and my 7th triathlon.

          There were 47 women in my age group who started the race.

          My race number was 124 (4=4, and 1+2+4=7) AND my friend
          Chris' number was 469 (lucky in more ways than 1).

          My ranking in the swim was 474.

          The only other trophy I've won since about the age of 7 was
          in a biathlon this winter.  My race number?  740.

[submitted by]
          Ann Brower
          Pomona, 94   


Two days in a row i went to Taco Bell and saw that my order number was 47,
and my subtotal was $4.47.  Later on that day the mileage in my car
was 47474 and i looked at the clock at 4:47.  The next day I was in my
moms car when i looked at her mileage and it was 14783.  I was
downloading something and it was 47% complete at 8:47.  I went to my
friends house and his address starts with a 47.  My old phone # had a 47
in it, and i always make fun of people telling them that they have 47
        I am in a Quake clan, that is called Clan 47, we are dedicating 
this clan to the # 47.  We will have a link to your page showing everybody
how amazing the # 47 really is.             

[submitted by]
Craig Sobcznski


Publisher CD Case barcode number: 4th digit is 7
Price of bean sprout: 47 cents
Sign on church: John 4'7
Phone number on an advertisment thats X47-XXXX
Number on truck: 1470

[submitted by]
- -Webrunner


Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 11:04:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: mj and golf 47

"Forget about the 19th hole. Michael quenches his thirst on the 47th hole."

- -Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaghnessy on Michael Jordan's 46 holes of golf 
 the day before a Bulls-Heat playoff game.

[submitted by]
Rich Meyer


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