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Up Your 7

on May 22nd 2013

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Pre-emptively Arlo’ed:

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23 Responses to “Up Your 7”

  1. Elyrest May 22nd 2013 at 12:32 pm 1

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    I thought the weirdest thing about this one was that 2+5=7. So does 7 get in on the act?

  2. Pinny May 22nd 2013 at 12:36 pm 2

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    I don’t get it at all.

  3. Nicole May 22nd 2013 at 01:01 pm 3

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    This, I think, qualifies as an Arlo and possibly an award as well.
    The 7 is a red herring …..
    A 2 looks much like an upside down 5 in the same way a 6 looks like an upside
    down 9. This is a reference to the 69 sex act.

  4. JeffCG May 22nd 2013 at 01:02 pm 4

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    In mathematics, an expression is a statement such as 2+5. It can also be far more complex. It’s a math joke.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expression_(mathematics)

  5. Kilby May 22nd 2013 at 01:44 pm 5

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    I think this is a veiled reference to that other pair of digits that are almost perfectly symmetric (under 180 degree rotation) in most fonts (instead of the slightly fractured symmetry that 2 & 5 normally have when mirrored). Both digit pairs do become perfectly symmetric under their respective symmetry operations when shown in their classic “7 segment LED” representations. However, there’s not a single editor in the country that would have published this joke if he had attempted to tell it with 6 & 9.

    P.S. What comes between “fear” and “sex“?

  6. J-L May 22nd 2013 at 01:48 pm 6

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    I always found it interesting on how, when ascribing genders to numbers, the number 2 is usually female, whereas the number 7 is usually male.

    You could say that even numbers tend to be female, whereas odd numbers tend to be male, but that doesn’t seem to hold true with the masculine-looking number 4 there in the foreground (or, you could say, “four-ground”).

  7. J-L May 22nd 2013 at 01:50 pm 7

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    I like the way Evan’s name rhymes with “seven.” Maybe 2’s name is Sue.

    And with whom was she flirting? With Clive, obviously!

  8. yellojkt May 22nd 2013 at 02:01 pm 8

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    Now if there were a 6 and 9 involved, I’d get the joke.

  9. The Ploughman May 22nd 2013 at 02:51 pm 9

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    I think we’re supposed to focus on the pun (”expression” as explained by Jeff [3]), but there’s too many distracting irrelevant details. “You’d like to 2+5″ I suppose is numbers-world phrasing for copulating, but it’s a little tortured (humans wouldn’t say “You’d like to John-and-Mary”). Then are we supposed to read significance in the fact that the addition two and five equals seven? Would that make seven some sort of progeny from the union of two and five? But seven’s already there and behaving more like two’s partner.

    Very strange. Seven is usually a rational number.

  10. Ian Osmond May 22nd 2013 at 03:06 pm 10

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    Kilby @ 4: I learned that one as “Q: What would Freud say comes between fear and sex? A: Fünf.”

  11. Dave Van Domelen May 22nd 2013 at 03:25 pm 11

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    Note that with glasses, that makes 4 a four-eyes.

  12. Pinny May 22nd 2013 at 06:08 pm 12

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    Re: #5 (Kilby):

    You’ve metioned at times that you are in Germany, so I understood your joke (as Dave Van Domelen correctly responded in #11). FWIW, as a Yiddish speaker I was familiar with the riddle since numbers seem to be pronounced the same in Yiddish and German.

  13. Mark in Boston May 22nd 2013 at 08:58 pm 13

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    “Relax, Evan” sounds like “Relax Seven”. Although that doesn’t help me. If his name is Evan, I suppose her name is pronounced Oo, spelled Wo.

    Is there ANY sentence that starts out “I’d like to …” and is just an expression, not a proposition?

  14. Molly J May 22nd 2013 at 09:01 pm 14

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    @The Ploughman - You may think that 7 is a rational number, but bear in mind - 7 8 9.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1cnJ_pOAdQ

  15. Elyrest May 22nd 2013 at 09:08 pm 15

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    Molly J - Thanks for 7 8 9. I’ll never look at 7 the same again!

  16. Mark H May 22nd 2013 at 09:20 pm 16

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    It’s the Immaculate Curve. Your age divided by 2, plus 5 is the youngest girl/guy you can date.

  17. RyanE May 22nd 2013 at 09:28 pm 17

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    It’d make more sense if 7 wasn’t there, and the 2 was propositioning the 5, saying something like “How about we get together and make a 7?”

  18. Mark Hanson May 23rd 2013 at 11:05 am 18

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    Sometimes an expression is just an expression. Mathematically, 2 + 5 is an expression.

  19. Todd May 23rd 2013 at 05:37 pm 19

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    Mark, does your immaculate curve begin at 18 for the girl? Because otherwise you’ve got 24 year old men dating 17 year old girls. And 20 year old men dating 15 year old girls. And 16 year olds should not be with 13 year olds.

  20. yellojkt May 23rd 2013 at 06:53 pm 20

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    I’ve always heard it as “half your age plus seven.” That solves most of the underage problems. It allows an 18 year old to date a 16 year old and a sixteen year old to date a fifteen year old. Younger than that and the point is moot.

  21. Mark in Boston May 23rd 2013 at 09:29 pm 21

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    So at my age a 25-year-old trophy wife would be out of the question.

  22. Meryl A May 24th 2013 at 02:07 am 22

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    As an accountant I have learned that 2 & 7 look alike, as do 4 & 9, 3 & 8, 5 & 6 and if a total is out check to see if I am reading one of one of these pairs as the other, especially in handwritten numbers. (Let alone if the total is off by a number divisible by 9 look for 2 digits reversed, but that has nothing to do with the appearance of numbers.)

  23. Ian Osmond May 24th 2013 at 09:26 am 23

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    Among the features of “half your age plus seven” that work is that it allows fourteen year olds to date other fourteen year olds, but nobody younger than that to date at all.

    Which I think is appropriate. I think people can start dating at fourteen.

    It really works pretty well for me, anyway. I’m 39, and people who are 25 or younger just look like little kids to me. I mean, I’m friends with them; I like them; but the idea of being attracted to a 25-year-old just feels skeevy.

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