Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Magic numbers

Why is it that some numbers are full of meaning and other numbers are just blah? Case in point: Here at Select Editions we are just about to ship to readers our volume #297. This is a pretty impressive number, and it hearkens all the way back to our very first volume, Number 1, in 1950. 297 is a lot of volumes. But, for some reason, no one here gets unusually excited about it. (By the way, if you're wondering which volume is which according to this system, the number is printed on the copyright page inside the book.)

On the other hand, we are just about to start planning for volume 300. 300! A nice big round number with two zeros! People get excited about that! Exclamation points start flying! Volume 300! It sounds incredible! In fact, it's a magic number! We'll probably have a cake and light some candles and generally celebrate for a few minutes before going back to our desks to toil away on volume 301.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure volume 300 is going to be great. But, well, I have a fondness for all the little orphan numbers nobody else ever gets excited about. 291. 267. 243. These numbers deserve recognition too.

Let's hear it for the little guy!


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