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The rule of 3 is everywhere

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Do you ever think about the rule of three and living in a three-dimensional world as we do?

Think of how many times the number three pops up in our lives.  Here are a few examples, but there are many more:

In the Christian world, we believe in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  

Three wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh at the birth of Jesus.

Three men on the cross on Calvary. Jesus rose again after three days.

Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days before he was coughed up again.

We live on the third planet from the sun.

Three strikes and you are out in a baseball game. There are three periods in a hockey game. A long shot in basketball is worth three points.

Three on a match is considered unlucky. Considering the risk of lung cancer, it is certainly true.

A three-bedroom house used to be pretty standard when buying our first home.

There are three lights on a traffic signal.

Days are divided into morning, noon and night.

Seconds and minutes become an hour.

Days, weeks and months become a year.

Most likely, a 3-cornered diaper was our first apparel.

One of our first toys was a tricycle.

A par-3 golf course is preferred by many golfers.

We have a past, present and future.

Do you notice that often national figures or celebrities die in groups of three?  

“Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.”

“Third time’s the charm.”

Columbus had 3 ships when he set sale for the East: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

In writing, we often cite three examples to make a point.  Another tool, the ellipsis … has three dots.

Engagement and wedding rings are placed on the third finger of the left hand.

Song writers often use three in their lyrics. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning, Three Coins in the Fountain, Three Little Words.  

We express our devotion to loved ones by using three words: I love you.

When do you think we will have our last snow?  I’ll give you three guesses.

Mil Misic

DeKalb

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