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The Fabulous Number 5


Fabulous Five


Have you heard of the Law of Fives? All things happen in Fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of Five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to Five. Do you doubt this theory? Read on ;)


5s in Math

The number 5 is the 5th Fibonacci number

1,1,2,3,5 Eureka!

Five is the only prime number to end in the digit 5

There are 5 Platonic solids:

~Tetrahedron~ four sided object

~Cube~ six sided object

~Octahedron~ eight sided object

~Dodecahedron~ twelve sided object

~Icosahedron~ twenty sided object

There are only 5 possible tetrominoes

(shapes made by joining together four squares)

Phi = 5 ^ .5 * .5 + .5



5s in Science

Almost all mammals, amphibians and reptiles have 5 fingers and/or toes on each extremity

We have 5 appendages from the torso:

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Two arms, Two legs, and a Head

There are 5 oceans in the world:

Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern

We have 5 senses:

Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch, and Taste

There are 5 basic tastes:

Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter, and Savory



5s in Religion

There are 5 Pillars of Islam:

The Testimony of Faith, Ritual Prayer, The Paying of Alms, Fasting on Ramadan, and The Pilgrimage to Mecca

The Torah contains 5 books:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

There are 5 rivers of Hades:

Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, Lethe, and Styx

There are 5 virtues of Sikhism:

Truth, Compassion, Contentment, Humility, and Love

There are 5 vices of Sikhism:

Lust, Rage, Greed, Attachment, and Ego



5s in Culture

In East Asian tradition, there are 5 elements:

Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal

There are 5 virtues of Japanese traditional society:

Loyalty, Justice, Compassion, Honor, and Respect

There are 5 stages of grief:

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance

There are 5 rings in the Olympic symbol representing the union of the five major regions of the world:

Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

In radio communication, the term "Five by five" is used to indicate perfect signal strength and clarity





"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."


"It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families."


"There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first, to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, to cease dying; fourth, to deny dissolution when there is dissolution; fifth, to deny non-being."

Warren Buffett

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer."


Fun with Five - Websites with lessons on the number 5

Chanel No 5


Häagen-Dazs five

Häagen-Dazs had started a sub-brand of all-natural ice cream made with only five ingredients.

They offered seven flavors: Brown Sugar, Coffee, Ginger, Milk Chocolate, Mint, Passion Fruit & Vanilla Bean. Each contains skim milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and one ingredient for flavor.

I loved the mint...yum.

Even Wrigley's thinks the Number 5 is Fabulous

"The Future of Gum is 5."

Stick gum that stimulate the senses.

Cobalt - Peppermint sugar free gum that cools down when chewed.
Flare - Cinnamon sugar free gum that heats up when chewed.
Rain - Spearmint sugar free gum that tingles when chewed.

Elixir - Berry sugar free gum
Lush - Tropical sugar free gum

Solstice - Warm and cool winter sugar free gum
Zing - Sour to sweet sugar free gum

Ascent - An escalating wintermint
Photon - A radiant pineapple blend
Beta - A hyper sensorial berry
Prism - An electric watermelon

I've tried Flare and Lush and they are really good! They don't taste like sugar free and they hold their flavor longer than I can chew it. I think 5 is my new favorite gum!

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Cinco de Mayo!


Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

The 5th of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla.

5 de Mayo is also celebrated in the United States among the Mexican-American population, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

In the US the celebration is more festive consisting of parades, music, folklore, dances and food.

How to say "Five" in 5 different languages

  • Spanish - Cinco
  • French - Cinq
  • Italian - Cinque
  • German - Fünf
  • Dutch - Vijf

My personal 5s

My birthday is September 5th

9+5=14 1+4=5

Daughter's birthday is July 7th

7+7=14 1+4=5

Husband's birthday is September 14th

9+14=23 2+3=5

Mother's birthday May 9th

5+9=14 1+4=5

I was married on 1.5.1

(I love 5s and palindromes)

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Five is my favorite number...Is it yours too?

floppypoppygift1 on January 12, 2013:

I have heard I am a Life Path Number 5. I like your fives lens! Cheers~cb

siobhanryan on November 27, 2012:

Unusual and interesting

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 15, 2012:

I didn't realize that five is such a great number! BTW - I have five children... seems like the right number, for me.

anonymous on June 09, 2012:

A fun lens! Love the mythology (rivers) post. This was a five star lens :)

JJNW from USA on February 06, 2012:

I have 5 great nieces - all in a row! That's my fav until #6 comes along!! : )

Susan300 on January 11, 2012:

Great lens. I give it Five Stars. :)

ann00005 on January 07, 2012:

Five has always been my favorite number. Your lens is really good.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 26, 2011:

I am a 7. I enjoy reading about numbers.

deified on June 15, 2011:

so fun! not what i was expecting. i am the fifth daughter in my family and according to numerology a five too... great idea for a lens! :)

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on May 26, 2011:

Interesting lens. 5 stars!

anonymous on April 23, 2011:

Is Savory equal to Spicy? If not, that would be 6 basic tastes. :) Anyway, I love your lens, very interesting, great information.

grandma deal on March 27, 2011:

This is a fun and interesting lens. I enjoyed it. Would love some Chanel No. 5.

five thingsabout on March 22, 2011:

I prefer even numbers myself, and if I end up with 5 kids, I'll not be too happy, lol!

Christene-S (author) on March 14, 2011:

@miaponzo: I didn't forget, it's the first one I listed. :)

miaponzo on March 14, 2011:

You forgot in religion the 5 pillars of Islam :)

sorana lm on March 02, 2011:

Very interesting, fun and informative lens.

terryjk on February 19, 2011:

Strange coincidence but my new favourite site is

Jeanette from Australia on February 08, 2011:

I prefer 27 (my age ;-)). Great lens. This lens has been blessed by the maths angel and added to my best maths resources lens.

thesuccess2 on January 31, 2011:

Chanel No 5, I believe that there never have been 1-4

AllyVuitton on January 26, 2011:

This is a really fun lens. How you thought up this cool idea is a MYSTERY. Blessed. MMmmm...number 5 Chanel fragrance beats everything.

LadyJasmine LM on December 01, 2010:

Hail Eris! :-) Five is also sacred to Eris, the somewhat misunderstood Goddess of chaos. Sometimes things have to be shaken up a little to create new possibilities, you know? LOL . Cool Lens!

ShamanicShift on November 23, 2010:

Great lens, wondrous number!

semas on November 12, 2010:

Interesting and informative Lens.

WriterBuzz on October 06, 2010:

Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lense.

LouiseKirkpatrick from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on September 09, 2010:

Fun AND informative! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

awakeningwellness on August 23, 2010:

The number 5 is important for me according to numerology, I also see 5's a lot especially 555...I never thought about 5 in so many ways before!

sudeep13582 lm on August 21, 2010:

I was born on 13th may, its the 5th month :)

anonymous on August 03, 2010:

I was born on the fifth of March and I'm the fifth of 6 children.

MediaMogul1 on July 10, 2010:

OK, I'm convinced about the law of fives. Never thought of fives in so many ways until I read this lens. "Liked" it.

Kate Phizackerl1 on July 02, 2010:

I'm a zero girl!

Leanne Chesser on March 31, 2010:

This lens on the number 5 is so much fun . . . and because it's so much fun, I'm blessing it!

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on January 28, 2010:

Boron is the element with the atomic number 5.

anonymous on January 17, 2010:

yes! i was born on 10-5-90, on a friday, which is the fifth day of the work week. i am also the fifth child of five

admiralglass lm on November 22, 2009:

Wow you learn something new every day. Cool lens.

Grangermdk on October 01, 2009:

Very cool lens, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

anonymous on July 29, 2009:

Last name is fives and i have four brothers (5 boys)

anonymous on May 11, 2009:

From looking at your sums from your personal 5 i would be more interested in how many times the number 14 appears..

Drewman5 on April 13, 2009:

I like the number 5 for the following reasons: I wore the number for the ARC Raiders bball team, my DOB is 1/29/1973 ({32}; 3 2=5).

anonymous on November 05, 2008:

My badge number is five and I got married in May 2005. I am very protective of this number in my life. Thanks for the site.

anonymous on October 13, 2008:

The date of my birth is January 13, 1955 - added it equals 25 that's 5 squared, add the 13 55 that equals 68 - 6 8 = 14 - 1 4 = 5.

anonymous on July 21, 2008:

I have 5 E's in my full name my b-day is the of the 5th month full birthday equals 5x5 or 25,in 2005 I had a necklace charm of the # 5 made,I wear it a lot, it was supposed to be my sunshine year, it was a pretty good year

Sunfish LM on June 13, 2008:

I love this lens. What a fabulous idea. I wonder what could be made of other numbers?

rwoman on May 06, 2008:

I got married on May 5. How's that?

anonymous on May 06, 2008:

Hi Birthday Buddy! This is a very cool lens, and I learned a lot more on our number. It is so interesting to look at how numbers intertwine with our lives, and sometimes make themselves very obvious :)

This is neat, being born also on September 5th (9 5=14, 1 4=5)

your daughter's numbers add up to 5,

as does my son's (1 13=14, 1 4=5)

my oddity is that my home address holds both my birthdate and my son's. 513

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on May 05, 2008:

Funny - I was visiting mum today and she pointed to her calendar and asked me. What is this celebration mentioned on here? "Chinco de Mayo" - I did not know. BLAM! You got it! And you also got LOD! Congratulations. 5 stars (of course) fav'd, fan already and lensrolled to my Staycation lens.

KimGiancaterino on April 24, 2008:

What a fun lens!

Teacher Adez7 on January 14, 2008:

Hi Christine, I love this lens. I now know more about 5's than I thought was out there. 5*'s from me for a job well done.

iSnorrie on December 17, 2007:

Absolutely amazing that the number 5 is so cool! Thanks for sharing :-)

And a high-five for you!

Robin S from USA on November 29, 2007:

5 is my favorite number!

Ellen Brundige from California on August 20, 2007:

Also, Russ Martin of the Dodgers, #55, started his career on Cinco de Mayo, and he's become an instant sensation as a "5 tool" catcher!

Ellen Brundige from California on August 20, 2007:

Another religion: in wicca and other earth-based spiritualities, 5 is the sacred #, representing earth, air, fire, water, and spirit (usually drawn as a pentacle).

anonymous on July 28, 2007:

Very Interesting!

anonymous on July 27, 2007:

I agree with generationzip, 5 is great and so is 3! :-) PS A movie you missed out on is called V for Vendetta (the V stands for 5!)

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 14, 2007:

I love this fun 5-star lens!

5 is also nice when it's followed by a 2, as in Susan52 or my52cents (that's me). :-)


anonymous on June 13, 2007:

Cool, but tip your cap to Robert Anton Wilson and the Discordians, don't ya think?

CoralMilburnCur on May 02, 2007:

What a brilliant lens! Can I feature it on my education lenses?

Best wishes


Christene-S (author) on March 19, 2007:

"A man and a woman had a little baby,

Yes, they did.

They had three in the family,

And that's a magic number."

That's on my Only Children lens!

Emory Serviss on March 19, 2007:

I love it! A 5 star rating for a Number Five lens! I also lensrolled you to my Schoolhouse Rock lens. Although 5 is good, just remember that 3 is a Magic Number! :-)

Christene-S (author) on March 19, 2007:

That's a great idea...thanks :)

KimberlyDawnWel1 on March 19, 2007:

Very fun!! Cute idea. You might be able to boost your traffic from educators by offering a few links to sites with resources for teaching about the number five.

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