Yvonne in Phoenix – Diversity Talent Attraction Leader

Oddly, in life there are some curiosities that we can’t account for but they become thematic.
One of them is the number three.
It comes up in so many instances, I thought it would be fun to note for you the ones I am aware of. Almost all of these are anecdotal, I certainly don’t claim to be an expert on any of them.
The old superstition of “three on a match” is bad luck. In either WW I or WW II, when an army had bunked down and was avoiding the enemy, it was a bad idea to light 3 cigarettes with one match.
Why? The story has it that in the time it takes to light 3 cigarettes the enemy would: 1) realize you are there, 2) get a fix on your location, and 3) be able to get you in their scope and shoot. So the third on the match was dead.

A popular Bible study site says “The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible.” Instances include the 3 sons of Noah, Jonah was in the big fish for three days and Jesus was in the tomb for three days. Three times a year the people of Israel gathered for festivals, and, of course, the Trinity, the three-in-one “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Next to the number seven, 3 is the most commonly found or referenced number in Revelation.
The Guardian.com had this little group of facts: On average 3 is the number of days you can survive without water, the number of weeks you can survive without eating, and the number of minutes you can survive without taking a breath.

Some fun examples:
3 primary pigment colors: red, blue, yellow (in light)
Three sections of standard deviations in statistics
3 types of stress: Eustress (positive stress), stress (balanced pressure) and Destress (anxiety or fear-based stress)
It is often said that funerals come in threes.
The 3 spirits in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: past, present and future
The three little pigs
Three billy goats gruff
The 3 headed dog, Cerberus
The three musketeers
Goldilocks and the three bears
People don’t really hear you unless you say something 3 times
Many categories come in threes: small, medium, large; bronze, silver, gold; good, better, best
3 options in choice: yes, no, maybe
3 strikes, you’re out
3-legged stool
3-legged dog
Some curious song references:
Knock 3 times on the ceiling if you want me
Once, twice, three times a lady

You may find yourself seeing repetitions of three over the next few weeks. Please share what you find. And if you have any insight into why three is a magic number, I would love to hear that as well.