Eighteen Fun Facts About The Number 18

Facts about the number 18
Shash Wighton
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Over the ages, people have attributed many facts to numbers.

Numerology, superstition, important dates, and so many other things cling to various numbers, which in some cases gives them great significance!

Today let’s take a look at 18 interesting facts about the number 18.

In the majority of countries around the world, 18 is the age at which you can vote.

At the age of 18, you are also considered a legal adult in most countries and are fully responsible for your actions past this point.

Yet another cool fact about turning 18 is that you’re finally allowed to legally order and drink alcohol in many countries such as England or Australia.

In the game of Australian Rules Football, there are 18 players from each team on the field at all times. In the Women’s AFL league there are only 16 players per team.

American artist Moby released his sixth album titled “18” on the 13th May, 2002.

Fans of the Dragonball series will all remember the popular cyborg called Android 18.

It’s quite common for people to confuse 18 for 80 and vice versa in spoken English due to their similarities in pronunciation.

The number 18 is considered a lucky number in Chinese tradition. It’s considered lucky because of the way it is pronounced is similar to how the phrases “definitely get rich” and “to get rich for sure” sound.

The iconic satirical war novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller was originally titled Catch-18. The novel’s name was changed at the last minute to avoid confusion with another novel on the theme of war called Mila 18.

Here’s one for the golfers out there – a regulation golf course has 18 holes, no more, no less.

One of Shakespeare’s most commonly quoted sonnets is Sonnet 18, which includes the popular line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”.

Some groups of Neo-Nazis use the number 18 to refer to Adolf Hitler. The connection between the two comes down to numerology, with 1 representing A and 8 representing H, being the first and eighth letters of the alphabet.

The number 18 can be found many times within important ancient Indian texts and scriptures. The Bhagavad Ghita, one of such scriptures, has 18 chapters. Another Hindu epic called the Ramayana has a battle between the deity Rama and a demon that lasts 18 days.

The atomic number of the noble gas argon is 18. The Chemical symbol for argon is Ar, and it’s the third most commonly found gas in Earth’s atmosphere. It’s most commonly used in fluorescent light bulbs. Argon is also within a part of the periodic table called group 18, the last column.

The 18th president of the United States was Ulysses S. Grant, most famous for leading the Union armies to victory in the civil war. He went on to serve for two peaceful terms as president.

The longest pair of non-scientific anagrams have 18 letters each. The words are conversationalists and conservationists.

A shape with 18 sides is referred to as an octakaidecagon or an octadecagon.

A mind-blowing average of 18 acres of pizza is consumed by Americans every day.

As you can see, the number 18 is a pretty big one for many people.

Many teenagers spend a good amount of time dreaming of the day they turn 18 and gain a bit of freedom from their parents.

That being said, 18 isn’t just a significant age, it’s also found everywhere you look in everyday life!

In China the number 18 is considered lucky because it sounds similar to the phrase "definitely get rich".

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