Fun Trivia About the Number 8

By Presto
2 Aug 2021

The number 8 is a significant number in many Asian cultures and there are many fun facts surrounding it. For example, did you know that a byte consists of 8 bits? Or that there are 8 planets in our solar system and the 8 notes in music are known as an octave? 🎶

Eager to learn more fun trivia? Let's dive into them together! 🤿

It's an auspicious number in Chinese culture

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In Chinese culture, 8 is a homonym for prosperity. The number 8 is pronounced as 'ba' in Mandarin, which sounds similar to 'fa', a word that means "to make a fortune" 🧧

In China, it's common for people to pay more money to get a telephone number or license plate with 8 in it or to favour living on the 8th floor of apartments. 

Almost all arachnids have 8 legs

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And their cephalopod relatives like octopuses have eight limbs, too! 🐙

8 is a significant number in major religions

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In the Bible, 8 human beings (including Noah) boarded the ark. 

In Islam, there are 8 angels carrying the throne of God in heaven.

And in Taoism, the Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian (immortals) who can transfer their powers to a vessel to destroy evil or bestow life 👍

Santa originally has 8 reindeers

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Clement Clarke Moore's poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", depicts St. Nicholas in a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeers: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, was created by Robert Lewis May as part of an assignment for Montgomery Ward. Since the mid-20th century, Rudolph has been generally accepted as the 9th reindeer in Santa's herd of reindeer in popular culture 🎅

In numerology, 8 represents the achiever

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It is also a representation of balance, as depicted by its symmetrical shape. And when viewed on its side, it looks like the mathematical symbol for infinity.

In a Tarot deck, 8 is the Strength card, and it represents inner strength, bravery, and compassion 💪


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