Numerology: BullshitS

This article today does us all a great service by reminding us to remind you that numerology—like the concept of juice-based "cleansing" systems—is bullshit. If you believe in it, stop now. It is so dumb.

This Carl Bialik column is not a direct assault on the existence of numerology (although such an assault would be warranted, and welcomed, by us, so anybody out there, just go for it), but it does contain subtle reminders that numerology is totally made up.

Beverly Kay, a numerologist in Mequon, Wisc., doesn't buy fears of 13. However, she says her work reading meaning into clients' birth dates and names is consistent with math. "This is scientific," Ms. Kay says.

Numerology: Bullshit

Stop lying, Beverly Kay. That is so dumb. Stop making things up. I just read RZA's new book and while I enjoyed it, message to RZA: Too much numerology. Numerology is totally fake and made up and based on nothing except the ease with which it can be employed to fool uneducated people. So stop with it.

On the other hand, the same article totally makes you wish you were friends with some mathematicians.

Thomas Garrity, a mathematician at Williams College, has always had a particular fondness for the number 9. The number 51, however, doesn't make his favorites list.

"This might stem from childhood, when I regularly thought that 51 should be prime, even though 51=3x17," he says, taking a trip down mathematical memory lane.

Haha, wonderful! Tell us another one, UC Berkeley mathematics professor George Bergman: "Today, when Bergman parks at a commuter rail station, he finds it 'amusing' to get the spot numbered 233 (a Fibonacci number), 235 or 238 (atomic weights of uranium isotopes), 245 (the course number of a course he's taught) or 256 (two to the eighth power)."

If you are a (sexxxy) mathematician, email me and let's be friends.