FUN FACTS ABOUT NUMBERS: 2 and 3

The world of numbers is the world of wonders – simple numerical digits sometimes hide a lot of amazing and compelling secrets! Read a compilation of most stunning facts about the numbers “2” and “3” to broaden your horizons!

Facts about “two”

  • Didn’t you know that two is a unique number? In fact, two is the only even prime number since it has only two positive divisors that 2 and 1! Therefore, the number “2” is usually called “the oddest prime.”
  • Two is considered lucky in China. The Chinese people say "good things come in pairs." However, when adding two and two, you get four that is believed to be extremely unlucky in Chinese culture as the word “four” is a homonym of the word “death” in Chinese!
  • Twins are two children that developed from one and the same zygote. They sometimes look so much alike that it is almost impossible to tell them apart! Though some twins may even mirror each other, you will always be able to distinguish them by their navels!
  • Think that Washington D.C. is the only capital city that bears the name of one of the U.S. Presidents? You are so much mistaken! The capital of Liberia, Monrovia, is named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe!
  • Mars has two moons – Phobos (means “fear” or “panic”) and Deimos (means “terror”). The moons were named after mythological characters Phobos and Deimos who were sons of Mars (in Roman mythology), or Ares (in Greek mythology), the god of war.

Facts about “three”

  • Think that group photos are great? The Vietnamese would hardly agree with you! Since three is an unlucky number in Vietnam, three people are never photographed together. The Vietnamese people believe that the person in the middle might meet his death soon. Creepy, isn’t it?
  • Three is the exact number of enthusiasts who have ever reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
  • Didn’t you know that our lives are tightly connected with the number “3”? Scientists have estimated that a human can make it only three minutes without air, can survive three days without a single drop of water, and can live three weeks without food!
  • There are three primary colors – yellow, red, and blue. Mix them to create other colors!
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