777 (number)

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776 777 778
Cardinal seven hundred seventy-seven
Ordinal 777th
(seven hundred and seventy-seventh)
Factorization 3 × 7 × 37
Roman numeral DCCLXXVII
Binary 11000010012
Ternary 10012103
Quaternary 300214
Quinary 111025
Senary 33336
Octal 14118
Duodecimal 54912
Hexadecimal 30916
Vigesimal 1IH20
Base 36 LL36

The number 777 is significant in various religious and political contexts.

Religious significance[edit]

Lamech in the Bible lived 777 years.[1]

Judaism[edit]

The numbers 3[2] and 7[3] are considered both "perfect numbers" under Hebrew tradition.

Christian Religions[edit]

Christian religions consider 7 to be a Holy Number because in Genesis the first book of the Bible it says that God rested on the 7th day and man was created on the 6th day so therefore 777 is thought to be the antithesis of 666.[4] Because God rested on the 7th day, that is the reason for the observance of the Hebrew Sabbath on the last day of the week. The 7th day of the week is indicated on the Hebrew Lunar calendar containing 13 months of four weeks each. According to the American publication, the Orthodox Study Bible, 777 represents the threefold perfection of the Trinity.[5]

Thelema[edit]

777 is also found in the title of the book 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley pertaining to the law of thelema.[6]

Political significance[edit]

Afrikaner Resistance Movement[edit]

Emblem of the AWB

The Afrikaner Resistance Movement (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, AWB), a Boer-nationalist movement in South Africa, utilized the number 777 as part of their emblem.[7]

The number refers to a triumph of "God's number" 7 over the Devil's number 666.[8] On the AWB flag, the numbers are arranged in a triskelion shape.

The Philippines Dictator Ferdinand Marcos used to display the number 777 on his plane and boat.[9]

Computing[edit]

In Unix's chmod, the value 777 grants all file access permissions to all user types.

Commercial[edit]

Airplanes[edit]

Boeing 777-200

Boeing, the airplane manufacturing giant, released the airplane in June, 1995.[10] The family of 777's include 777-200, 777-200ER, the 777-300, the 777-200LR Worldliner, the 777-300ER, and the 777 Freighter.[11]

On November 10, 2005, a 777-200LR set the record for biggest non-stop distance flown by a commercial plane with 11,664 nautical miles. The plane took off in Hong Kong and landed at London Heathrow Airport in London, England.[12]

Gambling and luck[edit]

777 is a jackpot number for slot machines in the United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From Adam to Noah", Biblica Inc.,1973.Retrieved on 27 March 2014
  2. ^ Posner, Eliezer. "On the Meaning of Three". Chabad. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Dennis, Geoffrey. "Judaism & Numbers". My Jewish Learning. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Loughran, David. "The Number 777", Stewarton Bible School, 1995. Retrieved on 25 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Properties of the number 777". Riding the Beast. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Crowley,Aleister.["777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley"],Weiser Books,June 1, 1986.Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Afrikaner Resistance Movement", LA times, 3 April 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Three Sevens flag", 8 March 2014. Retrieved on 14 March 2014.
  9. ^ "RPS 777 The President", Retrieved on March 27, 2014,
  10. ^ "Boeing 777 Facts". Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Technical Information". Boeing. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Boeing Program Awards, Records and Firsts". Boeing. Retrieved 5 December 2013.