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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: +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | |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. | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| |23 |Sacred number of Eris, Goddess of Discord (along with 17 and 5). | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| | |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. | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| | |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.) | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| |69 |From the sexual act. This one was favored in MIT's ITS culture. | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| |105|69 hex = 105 decimal, and 69 decimal = 105 octal. | |---+---------------------------------------------------------------------| |666|In Christian mythology, the Number of the Beast. | +-------------------------------------------------------------------------+ For further enlightenment, study the Principia Discordia, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Joy of Sex, and the Christian Bible (Revelation 13:18). See also Discordianism or consult your pineal gland. See also for values of.