Tuesday, April 5, 2011


On the fourth day of the fourth month of the year, the forty-fourth President of the United States of America - Barack Hussein Obama - announced his intention to run for re-election in the 2012 Presidential Elections. 

When you divide 2012 by 4, you get 503

503 is a prime number and also a safe prime, this being a prime number that takes the form 2p + 1, where p is also a prime.

503 is also the sum of three consecutive primes: 163 + 167 + 173. It is also the sum of the cubes of the first four primes.

503 is also a Chen prime and an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part. In mathematics, an Eisenstein prime is an Eisenstein integer that is irreducible (or equivalently prime) in the ring-theoretic sense: its only Eisenstein divisors are the units (±1, ±ω, ±ω2), a + bω itself and its associates. The associates (unit multiples) and the complex conjugate of any Eisenstein prime are also prime. Cool, right?

Furthermore, 503 is also a proposed HTTP status code indicating a gateway time-out, SMTP status code meaning bad sequence of commands. Hmmm... "bad sequence of commands"... "Barack Obama"... Could this possibly be a coincidence? 

Um... actually, yeah. Come to think of it, it probably is.

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