08.08.08

It you like the number 8, today is your day.

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I wonder if the opening day of the Olympics in China was picked specifically for today. In Chinese culture, 8 is considered a lucky number because is sounds like the word for prosper or wealth. [Note: My wife told me that this is the case; the Chinese picked this day very deliberately.]

But you don’t want to be behind the Eight ball.

8 is a Fibonacci number, being 3 plus 5. The next Fibonacci number is 13.

In chemistry, 8 is the atomic number for oxygen.

All spiders have 8 legs. So do octopi.

There are 8 fluid ounces in a cup, 8 pints in a gallon, and 8 tablespoons in a gill. (I always wondered what a gill was.) And there are approximately 8 pinches to a teaspoon.

8 bells on a ship indicate the hours 4:00, 8:00, and 12:00, both a.m. and p.m.

Since Pluto was demoted, there are 8 planets in the Solar System.

A figure-eight knot is used in climbing. In heraldry, it is a sign for endless love.

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