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The Significance of Numbers, 43: Cuarenta y Tres.

August 15, 2016

Fascinating. The book is beautiful.

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This post was written by our rare books cataloger, Stephen Dingler.

The Significance of Numbers

by Stephen Dingler

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Many people have emotional or superstitious attachments to numbers; for example, thirteen is widely viewed as an unlucky number, whereas many think of seven as a lucky number. The number 43 has had particular significance for many people in Mexico for almost two years now. In late September 2014 a group of student teachers commandeered several buses in the town of Iguala, Guerrero State, so that they could attend a rally in Mexico City scheduled to take place on the 26th. Forty-three of the male students disappeared. It was widely reported locally and internationally that the mayor of Iguala and his wife, angry that a planned local event had been disrupted by the students, ordered police to round them up and hand them over to a drug gang. The gang…

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  1. Fascinating (and scary).

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