Can I get a 14?

Fourteen is:

  • The number of days in a fortnight.
  • In traditional British units of weight, the number of pounds in a stone.
  • A number ‘encoded’ in much of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach may have considered this number a sort of signature, since given A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc., then B + A + C + H = 14. (See also 41)
  • The number of points outlined by president Woodrow Wilson for reconstructing a new Europe following World War I, see Fourteen Points.
  • The section that you go to when you die in the Grailquest books.
  • The number of legs on a woodlouse, as well as on Hallucigenia.
  • A common designation for the thirteenth floor in many buildings for superstitious reasons
  • The number of points in a proposed republican constitution of the United Kingdom
  • The number of lines in a sonnet.
  • The Number 14 airship by Alberto Santos Dumont that was used to test the aerodynamics of his 14-bis airplane.
  • The number of the French department Calvados
  • A Storage server manufactured by IBM. It goes by name of “XIV” and is pronounced as the separate letters “X”, “I”, “V”.
  • The Piano Sonata No. 14, also known as Moonlight Sonata, is one of the most famous piano sonatas composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • A symbol of infinity in “The House of Asterion” (“Spanish: La casa de Asterión“, 1947) by Jorge Luis Borges.
  • In the multiplayer mode of the popular computer game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, the number 14 elicits the phrase “Start the game already” when entered in chat. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14_(number))
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