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Thursday, 28 October 2010

The number 33 and the Chilean miners

For Roman Catholic Chileans, the number 33 has a mystic importance since they believe that Jesus Christ was 33 when he died. The trapped miners in Chile are highly superstitious. It seems that the number 33 has also acquired a special significance for them:
1. There were 33 miners.
2. The rescue shaft had a diametre of 66 centimetres, which is 33 times two.
3. The first note that the miners sent to show they were still alive -- "estamos bien en el refugio los 33" (all 33 of us are in the shelter) -- was 33 characters in length if the spaces between characters are counted.
4. The message was sent on August 22, 2010 (22 + 8 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 0 = 33).
5. The day of the message was a Sunday, which ended the thirty-third week of the year.
6. It took 33 days for the drill to complete the rescue.
7. Director Rodrigo Ortuzar will make a film about the underground tale of despair and rebirth and he has already titled it "The 33." The movie is going to last one hour and 33 minutes.
8. The date of the rescue 13/10/10, adds up to the number 33.
9. Even President Sebastian Pinera mentioned the "magic number" in his triumphant speech after the first miner emerged from the shaft.
10. After the miners were rescued, they were taken to hospital. The journey takes exactly 33 minutes.
Those who believe in numbers will also be surprised to discover another fact: the date of the rescue (13/10/10) coincides with the aircraft crash into the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. The 1993 movie Alive (¡Viven!) is based on that true story.

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