It's coming in a few weeks, and of course I'm still thinking about it. And I'm asking why it sounds so much older than 45 or 46. There is some mystical power in 47 that makes it sound like more than a number. I needed some answers.
Where do you go when you need answers? WIKIPEDIA, of course.
I like this excerpt: Scheherazade Numbers: 47: The first prime number beyond the trigonometric limit is 47. The number 47 may be a flying increment to fill allspace, to fill out the eight triangular facets of the non-allspace-filling vector equilibrium to form the allspace-filling first nuclear cube. If 47 as a factor produces a Scheherazade Number with mirrors, it may account not only for all the specks of dust in the Universe but for all the changes of cosmic restlessness, accounting the convergent-divergent next event, which unbalances the even and rational whole numbers. If 47 as a factor does not produce a Scheherazade Number with mirrors, it may explain that there can be no recurring limit symmetries. It may be that 47 is the cosmic random element, the agent of infinite change.
Firstly, I don't know what a "Scheherazade Number" is but I like the way it sounds. I like the literary reference, and I like Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and I like the way it sounds.
Secondly, it's a prime number. I'm in my prime, not quite unlike Miss Jean Brodie, but not possessed of a Mussolini fetish and totally possessed of male genetalia. Yes, you get to keep that stuff as you get older. And "beyond the trigonometric limit" sounds totally science fiction.
Mostly, I like that 47 might be the cosmic random element and the agent of infinite change. If this holds true, then I could have a hell of a year coming up.