Do you ever have something randomly pop into your head and you don’t know why? Well I keep having 359 pop into my head so I decided to do some research to find out more about it.

This is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter:

**Real World**

As you can see in the real world it has a few meanings: Mathematically it is a prime number and also a Sophie German Prime (whatever that is), it is also the telephone international starting digits for Bulgaria. Also, 3-5 is 2 in difference but 5-9 is 4.

So, 3+2=5 / 5+(2×2)=9 / 9+(2x2x2)=17 / 17+(2x2x2x2)=33 etc.

or 3+2=5 / 5+(2+2)=9 / 9+(2+2+2)=15 / 15+(2+2+2+2)=23 etc.

(3×2)-1=5 / (5×2)-1=9 / (9×2)-1=17 / (17×2)-1=33 etc.

As you can see, there are infinite possibilities of sequences between the numbers.

But what does this all mean? In what way is this related to me? Let’s find out.

So, this all started at my grandparents house while I was watching TV. Suddenly, my brain said 359. I thought ‘OK’ and moved on. Then, it came again as I was putting on my shoes and I just ignored it. It happened again and again so I decided to do some research.

In terms of me personally, completely unrelated. But, I may have been influenced by my surrounding without knowing like the magicians do on Britain’s Got Talent. They influence the judges to make them choose certain numbers. They do things and say things that will influence the judges to act differently. I think I have been influenced by the world to think completely random things such as 359. I may have repeatedly seen them on notices and boards and decided to recall them subconsciously.

In the end, it seems that 359 is not such a significant number after all but it proves that the human brain can do random stuff sometimes. It was probably just a glitch in the matrix but it did inspire me to write this post so I am completely fine with it.

If you have any ideas on why I thought this random number, please feel free to post a comment containing it. If you have experienced this let me know by putting a comment on this post.

P.S. This post has 359 words.

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Hi Daniel,

I love this. In our house we often play with numbers and think of funny facts to do with them. It is something that mathematicians tend to do… In fact there is a lovely story of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan. He was once visited in hospital by his friend G H Hardy, who recounted this story in his little book The Mathematician Apology. When Hardy got to the hospital he complained to his friend that his bus had been the number 1729; which struck him as incredibly dull. Ramanujan then proceeded to come up with interesting facts about the number 1729; including that is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways (1^3 + 12^3 and also 9^3 + 10^3).

Germain primes are also cool and are used in public key cryptopgraphy. If both p and 2p+1 are prime, then p is a Germain prime. In other words, 359 is a Germain Prime because 719 (2 x 359 + 1) is also prime. Sophie Germain is an amazing female mathematician who was born in the 18th Century. 🙂

Keep going with the number facts; there are no boring numbers!

Dan, you’re pretty cool! My random number is 16!