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What do these numbers mean?

Asked by madmax303 (262points) May 29th, 2011

I keep seeing the numbers 1,2, and 3. In fact, its 1:23 right now as I am typing this… I usually see it when I randomly look at the clock. For example: 1:23, 2:31, 12:30, 11:32, 3:21, etc..But they are not always asscociated with time, though. Ive been noticing this for awhile, and I see them at least once a day. Earlier today I told myself that if I didnt see them soon, I would just ignore them, but if I saw them again, then I would ask someone or search around. Well not just 30 minutes after I told myself this, I checked my blood sugar (Im a diabetic) and it read 132. So I started to search around for info. I looked up the meaning of 1, 2, and 3 separatly, and I also looked up 6 (because 1+2+3=6) I got the meanings, but I am still quite confused.

http://www.whats-you...of-numbers.html this was the website I was looking at. Has anyone experienced anything similar, or know why I keep seeing these numbers? I know it could be coincidence, but I am kind of past that point now.

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marinelife's avatar

Your brain is designed to identify patterns. It is very helpful for our survival.

Where it is not helpful, is that we send to see patterns in random occurrences. You just happen to be noticing 123. Think of all the times you look at a clock and it is not 123. The number of times is much greater than the number of times it is 123. Same with your blood sugar.

It really doesn’t mean anything.

syz's avatar

Yep. Nothing.

HungryGuy's avatar

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day :-p

FutureMemory's avatar

Your link doesn’t work.

flutherother's avatar

It could be synchronicity a word coined by Carl Jung to describe events not linked by cause but by meaning.

It can also be explained by Benford’s Law‘s_law which says that the first numbers in a list of data is more likely to be a 1 or a 2 rather than an 8 or a 9.

The second explanation is an odd mathematical fact, the first is without any scientific basis but I wouldn’t dismiss it. For many years I have been aware that when I look at my watch it very often says 10 minutes passed 10 , far too often for chance and I don’t know why.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’d say you look at a clock 10 times a day and don’t think twice about it, but when it says 1, 2, 3 or some variation, you remember it.

derekfnord's avatar

It can also be perception bias. Not only are you more likely to remember when you notice the clock at 1:23 (now that you’re thinking about this), but you’re actually more likely to notice the time in the first place when it’s 1:23. Your brain has it in the back of your head that the 123 combination is significant, so it actively seeks it out among all the data your senses bring in for processing…

Bagardbilla's avatar

Yes! 4:20 every time I see it I have to go and… You know…

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Bagardbilla…. I have a couple of battery operated clocks in the house just for show. They’re dead. After my son moved out I realized that all my dead clocks read “4:20”! Twerp.

Bagardbilla's avatar

HA! Kids these days… ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I never did anything like that! It’s not like I was a child of the 70’s or something! .... O. Wait… ....

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Bagardbilla you know, 4:20 stands for “Tea Time”...supposedly. Is that British?

nikkiduq's avatar

It doesn’t mean anything. You’re just sensitive with the numbers 1, 2, and 3. It’s coincidence. I don’t believe in superstitions, so there you go.

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