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.


  1. check out www.numbergossip.com

  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.



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