The number 3 has always been my favorite number. It certainly doesn’t make much sense; wouldn’t an objectively useful number like 2 or 12 would be a more logical choice? But no, 3 has always been the most aesthetically pleasing.
I’ve noted before that people almost always pick primes for their favorite numbers. There’s something that I can’t quite grasp about the idea.
3 is a magic number in Western folk culture. You can see it everywhere. We arbitrarily remember lists better if the items are grouped into threes or less. For longer lists, we prefer the groups themselves to be grouped by threes.
If you’re unfamiliar the cycles of human nature, here’s a free tip: fixations like this are a symptom of mania . If you read anything else today, try to determine whether the author was in a manic mood or a depressive mood.