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1 Jamie: So Adam was right. There is life after death. Myth confirmed...
2 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: 'CEPT CHOO AIN'T LIVIN', GUV. 'S MORE LIKE "BEIN' DEAD AFTER DEFF".
3 Jamie: Nevertheless, an eternity of unbounded scientific inquiry awaits! Show me the workshops! Where's the dynamite?
4 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: NO DYNAMITE 'ERE, GUV.
4 Jamie: <gulp> You mean I'm in... the Other Place?
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You know what?
I was just looking at this comic and wondering what the heck I could write for an annotation... and it only just occurred to me that this comic makes a reference to Hell, and it's numbered 1666, a thousand plus 666, the traditional number of the beast.
So no, that wasn't deliberately planned. I don't generally do things to tie the comic in with the comic number. I have, on occasion, but I try not to make a habit of it.
It's the sum of the first 36 natural numbers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + ... + 36 = 666), making it the 36th triangular number. It's also the sum of the squares of the 5th and 6th triangular numbers, 15 and 21 (152 + 212 = 666), and 15 and 21 themselves sum to give 36.
666 is also the sum of the squares of the first seven prime numbers: 22 + 32 + 52 + 72 + 112 + 132 + 172 = 666.
This isn't particularly astonishing though, since pretty much every number has some wacky mathematical properties that look amazing, until you realise that all numbers have similar things.
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