# 27 - Mathematics, Amy Winehouse and Crossroads

Funny story written by IainB

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Twenty seven is a mystical number in several religions, including the religion that is modern mathematics.

For a start, it is a perfect cube, three to the power three. Twenty-seven to the power three is 19,683. Add those numbers up (1 + 9 + 6 + 8 + 3), you get twenty-seven. Start counting the digits of pi at zero, and when you reach twenty-seven, there, in the digits of pi, is the number twenty-seven.

It is also the age of Amy Winehouse on the day of her untimely and tragic death.

What cannot be explained is that twenty-seven was also the age at which Janice Joplin, Robert Johnson, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and many other iconic and legendary names of music have passed to the other side, leading to the so called 27Club. This club has rather a lot of members. Forty-five at the last count.

There are some that believe that these iconic names made a pact with the Crossroad Demon. That deal ensures fame, fortune and world wide acclaim, but at some point in their twenty-seventh year, the Crossroad Demon will return, and claim their life. This myth was used as the basis of a plot of the American TV Series, Supernatural.

Why would the Crossroad Demon pick twenty-seven? Although it was never explained in the TV show, it is because the Crossroad Demon is ruled by Saturn, which has an orbit of twenty-eight years, and so a person receiving the favour of the Crossroad Demon may not live to see one orbit of Saturn. The origin of this myth is part of the Saturnalia cult.

It was not just musicians that may have approached the Crossroad Demon. Pope John the Twelfth died at twenty-seven, and is widely regarded as the most evil Pope ever. Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, also died aged twenty-seven.

According to myth this cult extends its evil tentacles anywhere where the number twenty-seven recurs. Such as the total value of snooker balls, the number of 'outs' in baseball. The number twenty-seven was drawn twenty-seven consecutive times in the UK lotto, and hasn't been seen since.

Is there any truth to this?

No. It's all just coincidence. There is no Crossroad Demon.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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