05 October 2010

How to pick a phone number

Today is 10-5-10 or 5-10-10, so this is appropriate* :)

So here's the task: You want to pick a number that's easy to remember.

There are different ways to do this:
  • repeating pattern, e.g., 555-1212 in the movies
  • related numbers, e.g., 455-4656 (my new number), which is (4 = n): n n+1 n+1 – n n+2 n+1 n+2
  • familiar numbers, e.g, 451-1812 (Farenheit 451 – War of 1812)
  • word-to-number mapping, e.g, 981-HUGH for my dad
  • did I miss any?
What's the best method to pick a number?

What's your favorite number?

* I was thinking of titling this post "numeric algorithms," but we're interested in keeping, not scaring, readers.

2 comments:

  1. check out www.numbergossip.com

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  2. Phone numbers in China are chosen (and priced) based on how many "lucky" vs. "unlucky" numbers they contain - according to Wikipedia "A telephone number with all digits being eights [a lucky #] was sold for USD$270,723 in Chengdu, China.", whereas my Chinese sim card, whose number contains many 4's (unlucky in Chinese culture), cost ~USD$10.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Chinese_culture

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