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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):random numbers
n.

When one wishes to specify a large but random number of things, and the
context is inappropriate for N, certain numbers are preferred by hacker
tradition (that is, easily recognized as placeholders). These include the
following:

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|   |Long described at MIT as ?the least random number?; see also 23. This|
|17 |may be Discordian in origin, or it may be related to some in-jokes   |
|   |about 17 and ?yellow pig? propagated by the mathematician Michael    |
|   |Spivak.                                                              |
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|23 |Sacred number of Eris, Goddess of Discord (along with 17 and 5).     |
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|   |The most random two-digit number is 37, When groups of people are    |
|37 |polled to pick a ?random number between 1 and 100?, the most commonly|
|   |chosen number is 37.                                                 |
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|   |The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and       |
|42 |Everything (?what is 6 times 9?, correct in base 13). (This answer is|
|   |perhaps not completely fortuitous; in Kabbalism, the true unspeakable|
|   |name of God is said to have 42 characters.)                          |
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|69 |From the sexual act. This one was favored in MIT's ITS culture.      |
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|105|69 hex = 105 decimal, and 69 decimal = 105 octal.                    |
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|666|In Christian mythology, the Number of the Beast.                     |
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For further enlightenment, study the Principia Discordia, The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, The Joy of Sex, and the Christian Bible (Revelation