Well, it looks like Junior will not have the number eight after all. But, why all the fuss?
Let’s look at the mystical hold this number has and perhaps we can understand better why he wants to hold onto it (other than annoying Teresa).
Physics — it is the second ‘magic number’. (Ok, ok,’2’ is the first one)
Not sure how to classify it — In Dr.Timothy Leary’s world it is the highest stage of evolution — the Model of Consciousness. Supposedly at this level one could operate beyond any concept of space and time and the limits of relativity. Hmmm … I don’t think this is the reason. And it sounds too weird, anyway. We’re talking about racing after all, not E=mc2
Astronomy — there are now only 8 planets around our sun.
Hmmm… Junior and Pluto have something in common here, so this could be it.
Chemistry — It is the atomic number of oxygen. Well we might be getting closer as some events this season have sucked the air out.
History — the “War of the Eight Princes” around 300 A.D. This conflict greatly weakened the strength of the Jin Dynasty. Hmmm….any NASCAR lessons here?
Astrology — It is the sign of Scorpio, eighth sign of the Zodiac. (Closer, as Junior was born just before Scorpio)
Music —The Beatles had “Eight Days a Week.” Nah, even though everyone probably feels like they are working eight days a week to survive in NASCAR.
Literature — Eight apparitions appear to Macbeth. Ooh, spooky. (Wonder who they would be if they were NASCAR folk.)
Television — In the Stargate series, when you dialed an “8” chevron address you opened a wormhole to another galaxy. Hey, what a way to escape all this mess!
Slang (American) — Section 8 is common slang for “crazy.” Well, we do have ‘silly season’ every year.
Slang (Chinese) — ’8′ is used in chat speak as a term for saying ‘bye’.
Wow, really similar vibe here, huh…
Elsewhere — It means eternity. No start and no end. (Almost like the rains at Michigan). Like: “It will be eternity before you get to use the number 8, buster.”
Oh well who knows why. I say pick either 88 (twice as good, 08, or even, dare I say it, 03).
Thanks to Wikipedia.com for all the enlightenment.