Sunday, March 16, 2008


As accountants my sister and father must love numbers. Well, math was never my strong suit but for the pure aesthetic appeal I love numbers, as well. 2 and 8 are my favorite. Here's something fun to read about numbers:

'Four is an interesting number because of it is a shape that would arouse the curiosity of a cat,' wrote Saul Steinburg. 'Most numbers are either open or closed. Number 8, for instance, is closed; a cat has no business to look inside. A cat likes to peer into something that is half open - a little bit open - a mystery. Number 3 is obvious; number 1 is nothing; number 5 perhaps is more intriguing, but 4 certainly is perfectly designed and engineered for a cat to look inside and find out what is going on.' Not for nothing are letters and numbers called characters, as Steinburg appreciated when he drew them as personalities. '5 and 2 might happily get into bed together,' but '1, 4 and 7 have no sex appeal.'

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