A while back Alex Bellos set up a website so individuals could vote for their favorite number.
A while back Alex Bellos, the math blogger for The Guardian, became curious about people’s favorite numbers.
So curious, in fact, he set up a website so individuals could chime in on theirs.
Over 30 thousand people responded and took a moment to explain why they picked the one they did.
Coming in third place was the number 8, which is associated with good fortune in China, but outside of the country doesn’t seem to attract many fans. Evens in general didn’t fare well.
The second spot belongs to 3. Bellos attributes its popularity as a digit to its associations with popular entertainment and literature, like the 3 Musketeers, the 3 Stooges, and the 3 Little Pigs.
Claiming the top spot was number 7. Said the man in charge of the survey, “People’s strongest emotional reaction is to the number 7, and this has been true throughout history. The argument most frequently given, which I think is not credible, is that there are seven visible planets or seven days in the week.”
It was the frontrunner early on.
110 appeared to be the least favorite whole number. Apparently no-one voted for it. Round numbers in general reportedly didn’t do well.