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Why Do We Believe That Catastrophes Come in Threes?

COMMENTARY
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

July 5, 2009

Michael Jackson's untimely death coupled with the deaths of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett in the same week revived the belief of many that celebrity deaths, plane crashes and all manner of catastrophes come in threes. The persistence of this belief is difficult to explain since the case for it is so easily demolished.

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ZIP-FM Radio in Tokyo, Japan interviews Michael Eck

So I get a call to do a live interview on a Japanese radio program, ZIP FM from Tokyo. Hello World! I taught mathematics and computer science in Chiyoda Cho, Yamagata Gun, Hiroshima, Japan at Lehman-Hiroshima College. I enjoyed my time in Japan. At the end of the interview I annouced the next song, which was of course, Three is the Magic Number by Blind Melon. Many thanks to ZIP FMm Tokyo, Japan!

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Martin Radio – Why do celebrities die in threes? – Interview with Michael Eck

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Martin Radio

Martin Radio is where sports and entertainment collide. The show is hosted by Veteran TV Sportscasters Martin Kilcoyne (FOX 2) Maurice Drummond (Fox 2) and Rich Gould (KPLR 11) and features the perfect blend of sports talk, entertainment and real life. Men wake up each morning to Martin and Mo or Rich’s dynamic sense of humor and unique takes on the world of sports. Plus, visits from the biggest local and national guests. The show also features “Celebrity Phone ins”, “He’s a Nothin” “Ask Tony”, “Martinsville” as well as “You Blew It”.

On July 8, 2009 I had a very fun interview with Maurice Drummond and Rich Gould for 590 The Fan KFNS (http://www.kfns.com/martinradio.aspx), a FOX affiliate. Look at the Rewind Section for the audio. They we’re hillarious. At the end they were talking about the Manchurian Candidate and being brainwashed by things in threes. I was great fun being interviewed by these guys.  Three Cheers for Martin Radio!

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Three-ness: Do Things Manifest in Threes?

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Three strikes, three primary colors, three goals for a hat trick, three meals a day, the Holy Trinity– do things in our lives really manifest in threes, or are these observations just ways for our brains to simplify and group complex information? On the Liveline with Ed and Jen is Michael Eck, creator of the Book of Threes. (6/30)

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Three interviews with Michael S. Eck regarding celebrity deaths in threes

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As author, administrator and . . . I forget the third, of The Book of Threes at threes.com, I recently did three, that’s right . . ., three interviews on celebrity deaths in threes. Mostly people are interested in why deaths occur in threes.

After these interviews I came to the conclusion that putting deaths into a threeness is the way we master our own mortality. We reflect on these deaths and create a memory by clustering concepts into threes. It gives us a chance to complete our relationship with our celebrities and move on.

Fundamentally we use threes to simplify, complete, and create memory. For more on this, see this self timed Web Presentation on concepts in threes. Run the slideshow.

 So here’s what happened beginning June 29, 2009:

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For Celebs, Is Death a True ‘Triple’ Threat?

For Celebs, Is Death a True 'Triple' Threat?

By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Not since the deaths of the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly on Feb. 3., 1959, did the Celebrity Death Rule of Three seem to happen so swiftly.

Television legend Ed McMahon died on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (AP)

Actress Farrah Fawcett died on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP)

The "King of Pop" Michael Jackson also died on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP)

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