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The World's Favorite Number

Kids are often asked, "what's your favorite color?" and "what's your favorite number?" But one math blogger got asked the latter question so many times, he decided to turn the tables and find out if the world actually does have a favorite number.

Alex Bellos, author of math books like "Grapes of Math," asked people to provide their favorite number and within a few weeks he had more than 30,000 responses. Half of the submissions were between the numbers one and ten.

He published his findings on The Guardian, announcing that the number seven is the world's favorite number. It may just be random, but Bellos feels that if you look at history it may be something deeper than chance. Apparently, the seven "obsession" began in ancient times, and shows up in history more than any other number.

In case you're wondering, Bellos found the world's least favorite number is 110.

Bellos's new book "Alex Through The Looking Glass" investigates our psychological responses to numbers. The book is on sale now.

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Iris April 10 2014 at 10:07 AM

So what!!

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savannahswithgod Iris April 10 2014 at 10:42 AM

You hate math?

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joeboken08 April 10 2014 at 3:02 PM

I have an interesting number anomaly when it comes to my birthday and my age, Oct. 8, 1953, if you add up all the numbers in the date of my birthday, and add the numbers in my age, they will always match, this is true for every year, for instance, I turned 60 on Oct. 8, 2013, now if you take the date and convert it all to numbers it's 10+8+2013, which comes out to 24, now add those two numbers and it's 6, now take my age, 60, add those two numbers and it's 6, it will always come out to the same number, no matter what the year. This year it will be 10+8+2014, added up it is 25, 2+5=7, I will be 61, 6+1=7.

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dkodmdms joeboken08 April 10 2014 at 3:16 PM

10+8+2013=2031....add 2+0+3+1 =6


Yo're description is whack....

Spell it out more clearly....I'm dense

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dmasah dkodmdms April 10 2014 at 4:06 PM

she did it as 10+8+2+0+1+3 = 24 2+4= 6 6+0 = 6

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Debra joeboken08 April 10 2014 at 3:59 PM

I think just like that. I posted on my facebook page when 2014 began that it was going to be a perfect year because if you added 2 + 0+1+ 4 = 7 or if you took 20 + 14 = 34 which you take 3 + 4 = 7 as the core number. So this is going to be a great year for me anyway. Nice to see someone that works numbers the same way. Now I know I'm not alone, LOL.....

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lxixwithu April 10 2014 at 3:20 PM

Was 420 second?

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Hello lxixwithu April 10 2014 at 3:38 PM

Amongst junkies

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VegCon April 10 2014 at 8:49 AM

I knew that before I even went on the page

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ae12wrangell April 10 2014 at 4:06 PM

So you're saying my favorite number is 10? Gee, for years my favorite number was/is 7. How the hell did I get that wrong? No wonder I lost the lotteries!

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jas April 10 2014 at 4:06 PM

Seems more than a few like 69, can go with that, I guess.

No one to my knowledge, no one has chosen 666.

7, everyone likes that number, from the Bible, to craps, works for most anyone.

The guy in the video, what's with the earlobes? I understand being different, and your own "dude," is way cool, and all that. But lobes as big as your upper ears? C'mon man . . . Yeah, I know its old stuff, but works here, with this bunny.

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ejayabe April 10 2014 at 4:24 PM

3.14 pi ... over the rainbow...

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JC April 10 2014 at 5:09 PM

Seven is also my favorite number, unless a point has been established already. Then it sucks.

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johnferguson1965 April 10 2014 at 6:13 PM

mickey mantle.....need i say more !!!!

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UniquePlants April 10 2014 at 8:53 AM

# 13 always been good to me. Bakers dozen, nobody else wants it. Great Number.

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