```> That's fascinating! I am kinda the same way, in that I unconciously
> assigned colors, genders, even to an extent personalities to letters
> *and* numerals when I was very little. I have always wondered if
> anyone else was like that (except for my cousin, who is also like
> that). The values seem to be arbitrary. For example, A and I are
> female; E, O, and U male. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9 are male, and 2, 4, and
> 8 female. Who knows why? :D As for colors, 8 is burgundy, 9 is black,
> 6 is yellow, 3 is green, 4 is orange, 1 is white, 7 is purple
> (obviously in no particular order!) Not sure about the others right
> now...

Hey, cool... I used to think in terms of number-genders and letter-genders
when I was a little kid, too; I haven't a clue why, but 2, 4, 5,  and 6
seemed definitely male to me, 3, 7, 8, and 9 definitely female; 0 and 1
were neutral, though sometimes I thought of 1 as male; the letters had their
genders as well and all the numbers up past 20 had colors, some of
the letters also.  Very odd; I wonder if "latching on" to arbitrary divisions
of monotonous groups like the numbers or letters is in inborn mnemonic trick;
in the abscence of meaningful ways to differentiate elements we invent our own.

Josh Shinavier
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