30 Years On, I think that “Postliberal” sums it up best
As an English teacher, I immediately think of 1001 Arabian Nights as well as the fact that it's a palindrome. It's also the product of 3 consecutive prime numbers (7, 11, and 13). See, I did show up for some of my college math classes!
It's that 7, 11, 13 that I was looking for. Those of us who like factoring numbers in our head like the shortcut it occasionally gives us on factoring 7007, or 25,025, or 362,362.Most excellent.It is not only palindromic, but the same upside down, or upside down and reversed.I don't know if any of this was present in the minds of the Arabs - using arabic numerals - when they compiled the 1001 Nights, though. In O. Henry's version, Scheherazade gets executed after story 288.
The title of the original translation/compilation was, IIRC, One Thousand Nights and A Night.My first thought was that the significance was binary in basis.
O. Henry did prefer short(er) stories.
No, Erin got the main numeric property. As for Scheherazade, in O. Henry's story she told the Caliph she could not tell story 288 because it was too gross, and he had her executed, because he couldn't abide puns.
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