The black hole number 4 has been previously discussed here. Below is a look at the black hole number 123 (click the image for a larger view):
*Another interesting note: In Italian, the number 3 (tre) is a black hole number.
Recently, Cliff Pickover tweeted about the number 4 being the only number in English have the same number of letters as its value. I tweeted a response that in Danish this is true for the numbers 2, 3, and 4 (to, tre, fire). These numbers are often referred to as honest numbers, which are related to black hole numbers. Also, there are honest expressions such as this one:
This honest expression was created by Michael Burke.
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