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5 NUMBERS - QUIZ - What number are you?
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Simon Singh investigates five very important numbers.
Monday to Friday 11-15 March 2002

So you've read about five of the greatest numbers in the history of the world ever. But which number are you? Play our number game to reveal secrets about your inner self that you never dreamed of.

Pick your favourite number: zero, pi, golden ratio, imaginary, infinity.

5 Numbers

Zero
You have a tendency to be a bit vacant and empty headed. For a late developer, you have a long and complicated personal history. It may be fair to say that, at times, you have been undervalued by your peers and people may have found you difficult to understand. That's their problem, not yours! In terms of relationships, if you feel the urge to 'go forth and multiply', then don't bother because nothing will come of it. However, once you have found your long term love, do not let anyone divide you. This will prove impossible. You are nihilist, believing that nothing really matters.


Pi
People may call you irrational, but that's only because they're jealous. You are talented and useful, and have the ability to run circles around those that you meet. Some people will always try to find out more about you, whilst others may seek to pigeon hole you for their own devices. Watch out - people know who you are, but not what you are. Avoid cowboys, rustlers and sheepdogs, who will all try to round you up.

Golden Ratio
Your favourite things include cauliflowers, pineapples and snails. You are nature obsessed, putting the 'mental' back into 'environmental'. You have a tendency to show up where least expected bringing balance and order to an otherwise chaotic world. Word of warning - your obsession with rabbits could get you, and them, into a bit of a stew.


Imaginary Number
Some people might say that you don't exist, but hey, don't take it personally. A real daydreamer, you function on a higher plane and in another dimension. You have a tendency to be self-centred, it's always "i, i, i", but people will never criticise your inventiveness. In fact, they're hardly likely to understand you at all. In love as in life, you will tend to attract the brainy one's who are always last to get picked for football at school.

Infinity
You are mystical and complicated, a real puzzle to everyone that meets you. You are huge, but don't worry about losing a few pounds as it won't make any difference. In fact, increasing your size won't matter either, so grab a cream bun whenever you like. At times you can be infuriating and drive your friends to the brink of madness. On other occasions, they will be dumbstruck by your boundless creativity that knows no limits. Watch out though, you do have a tendency to go on a bit.

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