From Plastic Tub

27 nb. 1. Twenty-seven ones stacked up, placed between twenty-five ones and twenty-six ones. 2. The twelfth prime number.


"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 27 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson


The totem number of the AA. It appears ubiquitously not only in AA literature and art, but in dates and other contexts generally recognized to be beyond the control of the human hand.

Accidentalists generally regard the 27 phenomenon as a joke, while Associationalists see a more profound, if not mystical, operation at play.

One wily commentator has speculated that 27 represents play as a healthy inversion of work: "If you take the 2 and the 7 you find that 7+2=9 and 7-2=5. The connection: 9-2-5. The 9 to 5! The job, the workplace, the toil for another, 27 is code for this Pooban enslavement mechanism!" Needless to say, this commentator has since been proven insane and rather dull-witted, at that.

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The number 27 has attracted wide-spread notice independent of and at first unknown to the editors of Plastic Tub. The number appears ubiquitously in pop culture and in both natural and man-made disasters. Some call it conspiracy. Others call it dumb luck.