Thursday, October 27, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday

I'm deviating slightly from my normal format today to participate in a program called "7 Quick Takes Friday"  from an interesting, insightful blogger at Conversion Diary.  Jennifer invites fellow bloggers to share 7 facts of any kind with readers...whatever they find interesting.  Since the number 7 is known in numeric analyst circles (is there such a thing?) as meaning "perfection, security, safety and rest" and since Libra is considered the 7th zodiological sign and I am a Libra, I decided to put together a list entitled...

7 Facts About the Number 7
(Let's do it in the style of David Letterman starting with #7...drumroll please...)

7.  Most Electrifying Fact - U.S. Park Ranger, Roy Sullivan, from Virginia (1912-1983) was struck by lightning 7 times.  He survived all 7strikes.

6.  Most Harmonious Fact - There are 7 basic musical notes as "denoted" (pun intended) in the scale   "do, re, mi, fa so, la, ti"  (the last "do" is simply the first note one octave up so does not count as an 8th tone)

5.  Oldest Fact (on this list) - There were 7 liberal arts in Ancient Rome that needed to be learned as an appropriate education for a "free man":  grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy and music.  Also there were 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

4.  7 in Our Everyday World - On Earth, there are 7 continents, 7 colors of the rainbow, 7 days in a week, 7 bones in the neck of most mammals, 7 stars in the Big Dipper constellation, 7 rows in the Periodic Table, and lastly... 7 is the number of items that most human brains can consistently remember in a row

3.  Mythical Significance - It is believed that if you break a mirror, you will suffer 7 years of bad luck.  ("I'm not superstitious...but I am a little stitious."  Michael Scott, The Office)

2.  Sacred Septets - There are 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, 7 Virtues, 7 Deadly Sins, Sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church, 7 Corporal Sins, 7 Spiritual Acts of Mercy, 7 Joys and 7 Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, and the number 7 appears in the last 7 words of Jesus on the cross

And last but not least, I couldn't let this list go to print without including my personal favorite pop culture reference about the number 7!  So my #1 interesting fact about the number 7...

1.  Seinfeld Minutiae -   "7" was the name that George Costanza from the sitcom Seinfeld wanted to name his first child.  ("It's a beautiful name for a girl...or a boy...or a girl.")

Hope you enjoyed...have a great weekend!

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