23 is a fascinating number. Strangely, if you ask someone to think of a prime number, 23 is the most common answer. There have been dozens of movies featuring the number 23 in their titles, for instance, a Jim Carrey flick The Number 23. IMDB cites almost 100 (many of the titles use the 23rd of the month while others are more focused on the number itself). John Forbes Nash, the subject of the Ron Howard movie A Beautiful Mind was apparently obsessed with the number 23.
It’s also an enigma. The 23 Enigma refers to the belief that most incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number
related to the number 23.
Want more? Twenty-three is :
- the ninth prime number,
- the smallest odd prime which is not a twin prime.
- the fifth factorial prime,
- the second Woodall prime
- an Eisenstein prime
- the 23rd Psalm
- John McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission in Vietnam