January 8, 2011

All About 8

Number 8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word "prosper". Yes, I do believe that 8 is a lucky number, not only because I have Chinese blood, but mainly due to the following personal fun facts on 8:
Julia and Rafael were born December 8, 2002. Because they're twins, 2002 & 2002, add all the numbers, the sum is 8. Julia was pulled out of me at 8:00am, Rafael followed at 8:01am. My EDD (expected date of delivery) for them was December 31, but because I gained so much (62 lbs, add 6 and 2 = 8!) Tito Roger (he is by the way my husband's uncle) decided to perform my Cesarean Section on December 15. December 6, we went at Tito Roger's office for my last ultrasound to check the twins position. Tito Roger declared, "manipis na masyado and lining (whatever that is), baka anytime pumutok, delikado sa mga bata. pa-admit ka na bukas, para December 8, CS na kita".

Juan was born February 8, 2006. Add all the numbers of 2006 = 8! I was already scheduled for Juan's CS on February 14. February 5, for my final weekly check-up, Tito Roger announced, "konti na ang tubig mo (whatever that is too!), CS na kita February 8.

My husband's given name is Rafael Jr. (that's 8 letters!), his nickname, John-John! Our family name: MENDIOLA (that's 8 letters too!)



Though time and space forbid us to get together frequently, each meet brings forth happiness. This friend of mine whom I trust and love so much (and will never forget for the rest of my life) is the 8th and youngest child (ang dami nila no!).

Trivia on Number 8:

* There are 8 planets* A note played for one-eighth the duration of a whole note is called an eighth note, or quaver.• An octave, the interval between two notes with the same letter name (where one has double the frequency of the other), is so called because there are eighth notes on a western scale between the two, including the notes themselves.• There are eighty-eight (88) keys on a piano
*In billiards, the black ball numbered 8 is the most important one
* Magic 8 Ball is a randomized process of predicting the future or answering various questions, packaged to resemble this ball and often sold as a fortune-telling device
* The Noble Eightfold Path in the Buddhist faith has eight steps
* In Astrology, Scorpio is the 8th astrological sign of the Zodiac
*Several groups of "Eight Immortals"• Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) believe that humankind are responsible for their actions by the age of 8. Before that age children are not able to sin and are therefore exempt from judgement for their actions. Mormons believe that if a person dies before the age of 8 that they will automatically inherit the Celestial Kingdom *In numerology, 8 is the number of building, and in some theories, also the number of destruction
*In Scientology, there are 8 dynamics of life. Also in Scientology, the eighth dynamic represents the Infinity, or God
*In liquid measurement (U.S. customary units), there are 8 fluid ounces in a cup, 8 pints in a gallon, and 8 tablespoons in a gill.• There are 8 furlongs in a mile.
*In cooking recipes, there are approximately 8 pinches to a teaspoon
*Eight babies delivered in one birth are called octuplets. The first set of eight surviving babies, the Louis-Chukwu Octuplets, were born in 1998
*All spiders, and more generally all arachnids, have eight legs. An octopus has eight tentacles
*Eight maids a-milking" is the gift on the eighth day of Christmas in the "Twelve days of Christmas" carol
*There is a brand of chocolates filled with peppermint-flavoured cream called "After Eight", referring to the time 8 p.m
*Using hyperbole, the Beatles sang about loving their addressee "Eight Days a Week". Also from music is the 8-track cartridge
*The symbol for infinity looks like a fallen eight
*8 apparitions appear to Macbeth in Act 4 scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth as representations of the 8 descendants of Banquo who will be king
*Historical years: 8 A.D., 8 B.C., or 1908

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha! This is nice. =) Came here from your birthday/blog contest post.

    I don't really have a favorite number. And I don't really think too much about numbers in the first place.

    What I remember noticing about numbers is that: 13, which is supposed to be bad luck for some if I'm not mistaken, has been quite good to me. For instance, it's one of the class numbers usually assigned to me when I was in school, and I ranked 13 in my batch sometime in high school.

    Anyway, these are all good and very interesting information. Thanks for sharing! =)

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