Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Egg - Forty-Seven!

The number 47 has been prominently featured in Star Trek since Joe Menosky joined the show's staff as a story editor in the fourth season. Menosky, a graduate of Pomona College, carried the "47" plot over from his alma mater and into the Star Trek universe. Since then it has appeared in almost every incarnation of Star Trek. The number turns up in onscreen graphics, statistics named by characters, and other locations in the show. More than a few websites have been devoted to the number's appearance in Star Trek, and a real-life society has been formed to track their occurence throughout daily life.

Further information can be found at:

http://www.stanford.edu/~schlock/the47s.html
http://www.pomona.edu/AboutPom/Trek/trek.html
http://www.47.net/47society/

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Contributed By: Meredith Peruzzi on 09-07-1999
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Dylan Rush writes:
One I noticed was: in Star Trek Generations, on the Enterprise-B, Scotty is tying to beam up the refugees from another ship, and it blows up and he says: "I got 47 out of 150."
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Note on Douglas Adams' "42": The "Ultimate Question" was later revealed to be, "What do you get when you multiply 6 by 9?", and 42 seems to be wrong. However, 6x9 *is* 42 base 13, which says something about the universe. Douglas Adams claims he didn't set that up deliberately, which says something about Mr. Adams' subconscious.
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Moloko writes:
Perhaps 42 would have been more appropriate. After all it is the answer to life the Universe and everything...
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devolution writes:
Sev Trek Episode #47 is dedicated to the 47s: http://www.sev.com.au/toonzone/sevtrek/strips/sevtrek047.asp
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Lazy_Sam writes:
I have noticed the number "17" in nearly every Star Trek show and movie. In the latest STNG film, at one point Riker says, "We've been waiting here for 17 hours!" Remember Wolf 359? 3 + 5 + 9 = 17. How about Seven of Nine, Tertiary adjuct to Unimatrix 01? 7 + 9 + 01 = 17. Or the character "Q"? "Q" is the 17th letter of the alphabet. In a DS9 episode, we come in on a "conversation" between Bashir and Morn with Bashir saying, "17 brothers AND sisters! That's a big family!" In a 'Voyager' episode, the ship is about to be attacked. Janeway asks Tuvok how many ships are approaching. He tells her there are 68 ships coming. 68 = 17 x 4. Those are just the examples that come to mind. I still watch every Star Trek re-run that comes on TV (yes, I need to get a life) and I have to smile, the number 17 come up time and time again. Why? I have no idea.
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Daniel writes:
Why not 27? That's Weird Al Yankovic's number, if I'm not mistaken. Just like how 42 is (was...sheds a tear) Douglas Adam's number.
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dorrn writes:
Why not 27?
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