Numbers. One of the 2 things that students hate most in their life. (The other thing that students hate most is *broccoli*.) Anyway, while numbers are really hated by the young, no one can really disagree that these numbers form an integral part of our lives and the universe in general. And yet, there are certain numbers that one can hate, discriminate against and hold prejudices to. And so ladies and gentlemen, I have prepared the 'The Most Misunderstood Numbers In The Whole World' list, comprising of the... well I assume you got it from the title.

**1. 666**

(The number that used to give us the shivers, but now we have seen it in too many horror films, so we're just bored.)

What in the universe is wrong with this number I have never understood. And yet I have been told this plenty of times- 666 is the number of the devil, the beast number, and what not. Where did the misinterpretations of this number rise from? So I did some research, and apparently in the Book of Revelation of the New Testament the number 666 is associated with the beast, an 'antagonistic creature that features in what we now call in the entertainment world as 'The Apocalypse'.

But check this, in China, 666 is considered a really lucky number. It means - 'everything goes smoothly'. You can always trust the Chinese to do something unusual.

Also, in my opinion 666 is a really cool number. Why? 'Cause 666 is the sum of the first 36 natural numbers. That means 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + 35 + 36 = 666. So that's my take on this number.

**2. Pi**

(It just goes on and on and on...)

Now, Pi is a really famous number. You might recall hearing something about it in class 8 when you were half-asleep. Coming to the topic at hand, Pi is a very very unique number. Why? Cause it just keeps going on and on. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. And that applies to all circles!

But why is it hated so much? Because this number has the capability to tie our mind into knots. Pi typically represents infinity. And like I have mentioned before, in infinity, anything goes.

Pi might just contain the latitudes and longitudes of ISIS's next attack, or could potentially possess the date of your death. And to think about that is well... needless to say a bit freaky.

I remember hearing a joke about Pi.

**Pi and 666 were having a conversation-**

*Pi: Bro 666, you are so evil...*

*666: C'mon pi, be a little rational.*

**3. 6.02 x 10^23**

(The number dreaded by all students.)

The number that brings goosebumps to chemists and scientists, and yet proves to students that even Walter White could make this concept utterly-butterly boring.

And this is like everywhere in chemistry. You open your book. BAM! It's there! And there ! And there!

The infamous Avogadro's number AKA mole concept. So apparently most of today's chemistry is based around this number. I don't really understand a lot of it so I won't explain it to all of you.

But I do know several jokes on this topic.

*Question: What do you get if you cut an avocado into 6.02 x 10^23 pieces?*

*Answer: Avogadro*

And other jokes like that.

**4. 13**

(The number after 12 and before 14. If that wasn't just obvious.)

I just don't get what is up people about this number. People are so scared. And then when we have Friday the 13th, and people just start losing their minds so quickly.

And I'm like there isn't going to be an apocalypse.

Back to the topic, 13 isn't really such a bad number after all. In Italy, 13 means to 'hit the jackpot'.

Also, 13 is the age when you become a teenager.

That's pretty cool. Well, some of you will agree.

**5. 1**

(The loneliest number)

I feel sad for 1. Its so alone. I mean- what is the square of 1? 1. What is the square root of 1? 1. One is the most discriminated against number.

*Question: Why did you go the washroom? *

*Answer: Number 1*

And I want to blow my mind. I mean, we all hate 1. We hate seeing our phone battery at 1%, right? None of us like our favorite cricketer get out at 1 run. That's my point. I think we're being unfair to 1. Let's not do that guys. That's just bias, and we well... live in a democracy where we don't grant reservation to any person or number.

Don't get me wrong. All these numbers are awesome and all if talked about scientifically. I'm just saying that if we dig deeper, we'll find out that there might be some more truly evil numbers out there, y'know?

So what have we learnt? Don't discriminate against numbers or hold superstitions about numbers. Or people. Unfortunately, that is something we, the most intelligent beings of the world are really good at.

See you next time.

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