While it is a highly unusual move, seeing as how numbers are iconic figures that have been around for centuries, 8 is completely within its rights to make the request. Few of you probably recall that 6 aka Six used to be much fatter until requesting a slim down in 1973. Back in the 1890s, 7 aka Seven successfully petitioned to have the little line removed from its midsection.
This Modern Philosopher got 8′s number and made a call to ask a few questions. Why the sudden interest in changing its appearance? “I’m tired of everyone saying I look like a snowman,” 8 replied in a voice that I was totally not expecting (it was very high and sounded like that of a young child…I guess I was expecting a fat old man voice!). “In the aftermath of Blizzard Nemo, I don’t want to be associated with snowmen or anything snow related. It’s bad enough that I’m already so far down the line when it comes to popularity. The last thing I need is to fall behind some of the double digits in the polls. That would be incredibly embarrassing.”
I had no idea that polling was done to determine number popularity. “Have you ever heard the term ‘We’re number 1?’ or ‘Two for one special?’ Those are really positive and popular. What do I get? ‘Eight is enough’, which makes it sound like I’m annoying and not at all desirous. I want a new image. I want to be associated with fun, winning, and a great deal at the store!”
I had no idea that numbers had to deal with that sort of thing. Silly me thought they were all created equal. So who would 8 go to for a new look? “I’d really like to see Dr. Huit, who is a renowned numerologist practicing in France. We’ve already had some preliminary conversations, and everything he’s said has made me feel extremely positive. This isn’t imaginary…he’d make me feel like a real number again, not just a stand in for a person made of snow.”
You learn something new every day in this business, Modern Philosophers. So what do you think? Would it be weird for the number 8 to suddenly look completely different? Do you think that would confuse you or mess with your math skills? Are there any other numbers that you think need a makeover?
Let me know what you think. I’m counting down the minutes until I hear from you…