The Significance of 8888: MH17+MH370+QZ8501

Although the QZ8501 plane is now confirmed to be in the Java Sea, we still hope that there may be some survivors, who may have possibly swum to a nearby island. Hopefully, the rescuers may be able to rescue some of the passengers.

This is a followup on the previous post on the Probability of adding up to 8888.

Other than the QZ 8501 incident, there are many other incidents that have relation to “8888” or “8” in general. Some of them are the “8888” Uprising in Myanmar, the May 12 Sichuan earthquake, the Blizzard of January 25, and the Tibetan Riots of March 14.

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One special fact about 8, is that it is the only natural perfect power that is one less than another perfect power. (2^3=3^2-1) This is known as Catalan’s conjecture or Mihăilescu’s theorem.

Lastly, you may want to watch this video on Chinese Lucky Numbers by Numberphile.

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Math of QZ8501 (Sum of 3 numbers that add up to 8888)


We sincerely hope that Captain Iriyanto, the pilot of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, and all other passengers survive and return safely. Hopefully the plane will be found soon.

Something mysterious about the recent missing airplanes is that their numbers add up to 8888, a mystical number in Chinese culture. MH17, MH370, QZ8501, 17+370+8501=8888.

We have calculated that it is not a common event at all, it is rarer than winning the top prize in 4D, a lottery in Singapore.

Probability of 3 random numbers (from 1 to 9999) adding to 8888: 0.0039497% , or around 1 in 25,000.

Probability of winning the First Prize in 4D: 0.01%, or 1 in 10,000.



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