Did you know that the number considered most lucky in the Far East is not seven but eight?? I predict that the Chinese (among others) are gearing up for a mini baby boom with designs on targeting this date of birth for their children. Yes condom sales during November are sure to decline.. Of course, the only truly palendromic date of birth possible is 11-11-11 (that these add up to six makes this even more attractive- see below). Would you believe that in an auction held in 2003, Sichuan Airlines paid $280,000 for the rights to the telephone number 888-8888! To wit, the Beijing Olympics are set to begin at 8:00 on August 8, 2008. As this article points out, it's no coincidence! Excerpt:
"Chinese culture is steeped in superstition, with numbers playing a major role in birthdays, wedding dates and naming.
Six, eight and nine are considered lucky numbers, while four, seven and even one are considered more unfortunate.
The pronunciation of nine means everlasting, particularly in relationships, while six means things will go smoothly.
Conversely, anything involving the numbers four and seven are avoided as much as possible. Four sounds like the Chinese word for death. Seven translates as "gone" which can also mean death, while one can signify loneliness."