Last night, in a fit of boredom and irritation at having to focus on state policy, I decided to message one of my more intelligent and interesting friends asking them what could be a fun topic for my next blog post. He suggested:
“What personalities you think certain numbers would have. 12 is chill, 7 is a prig.”
And that was incredible to me, because I’d always thought that was just a little quirk I had, maybe stuck still from writing weird stories when I was younger. Now, in all my 22 years I’ve certainly come across mentions of synesthesia a few times, but even so it had always been in reference to people who can see colors when they hear music or look at a number line. I never imagined associating numbers with personalities was an actual documented phenomenon.
Needless to say, Ordinal-lingustic personification exists, and is defined as: a form of synesthesia in which ordered sequences, such as ordinal numbers, week-day names, months and alphabetical letters are associated with personalities. (From Wikipedia; I think personal blogposts can probably stand to use it as a source.)
Of course this isn’t some massive revelation, like I’ve found my real parents and they’re super spies or the rulers of some far-off nation, but it’s a kind of identifier that I never imagined I’d have. Sure, I was in the “Advanced and Gifted” program in elementary school — but so was everyone else at UNC. I don’t have any particular talents — I’m average at many things, and make average grades. I don’t have time for hobbies. Human beings love identifiers; it’s why we take the Myers-Briggs test and check our horoscopes, even though we know they’re bogus. I didn’t really have an identifier before, and now, however, small, it feels like I do. And it’s a cool one.
I suppose I should share my opinions on the personalities of some numbers, then. Not that it’ll prove anything but I, at least, think it’s fun.
- 2: shy, likes vanilla cakes, smiles at deer
- 58: rugged, intelligent eyes, very protective of their mother
- 17: sharp-witted, naive, quick to anger
- 9: environmentalist, fast runner, doesn’t like reading
- 36: lots of laugh lines around their eyes, loves baking, is bad at baking
- 24: poised, likes scrapbooking, puts product in their hair
- 31: swimmer, favorite season is spring, doesn’t like cats
- 99: gets regular manicures, probably doesn’t have kids, has a glass of red wine every evening because it’s “good for your heart”
Is that supposed to be exhausting to do? I’ve never purposely thought up numbers for the sake of assigning personalities to them — it’s just happened sometimes when I see certain numbers. Not to be that guy that’s like “that just took so much out of me, I’m so drained, my talent is wasting me away;” I’m just tired and I wasn’t before. Interesting. Maybe I should lead the next bit of research on synesthesia.