easy as … 6, 12, 18?

Today I was talking to a couple of friends at work about numbers and, more specifically, numbers that we like and don’t like. This can actually be a complicated topic if you want to delve into it more, and it’s something that I’ve actually thought about now and then. Well, not so much about what numbers I like, but about why I like those numbers.

So, after discussing it today, I figured that I have some general rules about what makes a number likeable to me. Note that I’m mostly talking about numbers under 100 (no 3+ digit numbers). But these rules/criteria may overlap, with some overruling others.

Ok, for example, my most favourite number is actually 64. It has been my most favourite number since I can remember. I have wondered about why I like that number and I think that one of the main reasons I like it is that it’s a square number (and maybe also because the number itself looks good). So, from this, I wondered if maybe I liked all square numbers (again, only considering numbers under 100). Let’s see… 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 81… I’d say I probably find those numbers agreeable except 1, 4 and 49, so the rule kind of holds true, but there are exceptions and there are probably rules guiding these exceptions.

I kind of find it strange that I like the number 64 when I don’t like the number 4 (which may explain why I don’t like 49). However, 64 is also a cubic number and … whatever you call a number that’s something to the power of six. So maybe being a cubic, etc number overrules the presence of the number 4.

I’ve also kind of noticed that I tend to like numbers that are multiples of six: 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, 42, etc. You may have noticed that I skipped 30, and that’s because I actually don’t really like the number 30. I don’t think I really like any number ending in zero, so there’s another rule that pretty much overrides all the other rules.

I could probably go on and on for a long time about this stuff, but I am way too tired, so this will have to wait. Maybe I’ll have to do a “part 2”