Is there any significance to the number 37?

Hello all –

My wife turns 37 in a short while and I’m trying to find any significance to that number so I can parlay that into a neat gift.

Does the number trigger any thoughts from all of you?


I remember reading in a magic book that if you ask someone to pick a number 1-100 without letting them think about it too long, they will most likely pick 37. I don’t know the exact odds of this (other than 1 out of 100) so I wouldn’t go making bets just yet. Also, if you ask some one to pick a number 1-10, it will most likely be either 3 or 7.

So maybe you could take her to a magic show?

According to this site :

I’m not sure a statue of Cain slaying Abel would be that appropriate though

When he played football at Alabama, Shaun Alexander wore the no. 37 jersey. These are still big sellers in Alabama; I bet you could order one.

This movie immediately came to mind


37 is also a prime number. So what? I don’t know. Just trying to help. :wink:

I can’t believe I can’t find this out exactly on google, but 37 has also got to be very close to the mean or median age women in the US. Sorry for not being able to give you the cite.

If it turns out to be true, how’s this for a birthday greeting:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Half of US women
Are older than you!

Will warm the cuckles of her heart!

Darn, you beat me to it! :slight_smile:

Mardi, in case you haven’t seen Clerks, this ‘37’ association probably won’t translate into a suitable birthday gift for your wife.

37 degrees centigrade is equal to 98.6 degrees fahrenheit, normal human body temperature.

My Mom was 37 when I was born.

FWIW, there was a thread on this some time ago. It started out being on 42, and then people started talking about 37.

Back when I was in high school, one of my fellow fans of HHGTTG and I started seeing “42” everywhere. We decided to see if it would work for any other number, chosen at random… and chose 37. We ultimately started seeing 37’s in all sorts of places in our everyday life.

Unfortunately I don’t remember anything in particular that would be of use to you. There was a comedian who had a skit about 37 and 27. For example, 1/37=.27272727…, and 1/27=.3737373737… Apparently the number of holes in a telephone earpiece used to be 37, etc. If you search on the web (or look up the old thread) you might be able to find more of that kind of thing.

As has already been pointed out, 37 is the basis of a magic trick. I saw that Blaine guy do it once. The way it works is, you ask someone, “Think of a number between 1 and 100. Oh, and it has to be an odd number. And while you’re at it, the two digits can’t be the same. Is it 37?”

Wish I could be of more help!


I remember that skit…Fleishman, the voice of Roger Rabbit.
The 37/27 bit he called MOE-LEEDS, or something like that.

Anyway, 37 is the twelth prime number, (6^2)+1, for what its worth.

I’m a public announcer at baseball games and I can tell you that 37 is significant in that 37 is the password for the scoreboard.

Easy. 3+7=10, so you can tell your wife she’s a perfect “10.” Banal and cheesy, sure, but it may work.

32 is only 25 in hexadecimal (that’s base 16 for non-techo types)

Whoa. I thought I wandered into a math thread. I guess not.

1/37=.027027027027… and not .27272727…, while 1/27=.037037037… and not .373737…

32 is 20 in hexadecimal–but you obviously knew that. It’s 37 that is 25(hex).

At 37, your wife has now lived longer than Mozart. That’ll sober her up. No, wait, Mozart died just before he turned36

There is also a major use of 37 in Star Trek. The number pops up everywhere. Voyager even did a special show called The 37’s (or something like that) where the crew encountered a group of people who were abducted off earth in 1937. (A. Earheart for one)

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Channel 37 got removed from the television UHF band because astronomical sources emit at about the same frequency that was assigned to 37. By skipping channel 37, important radio astronomy resources were spared.

I accidentally posted my reply as a new thread - 37. It suggests getting her a nat. geographic for her birthday from her month of birth.

Look up her birthday on google. It is interesting.

Beat me by a long shot. :slight_smile:
And yeah, it probably wouldn’t be suitable unless she’s a fan of Clerks or other Kevin Smith films. However, if she is, there’s different merchandise items at the View Askew (Kevin Smith’s production company) homepage. I have their hockey jersey with the number 37 on the back.
But yeah, if she’s not a fan of the films, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea. I won’t bring it up, but it’s a fairly vulgar reference in Clerks