4 8 15 16 23 42

It's either a fairly incredible co-incidence, or a very smart trick by the writers, but when you convert the numbers from Lost into geographical co-ordinates and place that into Gmaps, well, gosh - it takes you deep into the Pacific Ocean, roughly along a general flight path from Sydney to LA, as convincing a location for the Island as any other.

Cool. Need I say I'm obsessed with this show? More cool Lost posts to come in the lead up to 2/2. And I can promise you this, fellow Losties: There will be not a hint, not a whiff of any spoilers here.


Skramly said...

That's no coincidence. But it does remind me that we didn't hear much about the numbers in the last season, and I'm hoping they come back into play this time around. Did you know that the numbers are the core values of the Valenzetti Equation, a mathematical formula designed to predict the end of humanity?

Redshirt said...

Indeed. Did you know that the Dharma Initiative's efforts on the island were entirely focused on changing one of the values of the equation?

Prediction, pure speculation: Season 6 opens and we find out the Numbers have changed, due to "The Incident".

Or maybe not.

Skramly said...

I did not know that. Did that come out in an episode?

Nice prediction. We shall see soon enough. I just hope they don't go all biblical on us.

Redshirt said...

My nerdom is deep: This purpose was hinted at in the "Barracks Video", which was shown to new recruits in the DI in season 5. Adding to this, but not from the show unfortunately, is the "Sri Lanka Video" from the videogame "The Lost Experience", which was created with the writers between seasons 2 and 3, where this purpose is stated explicitly. I believe the "Valenzetti Equation" was also first revealed in this video. Here's the transcript of the relevant portion (long):

Part 1
[Music plays]
© 1975 The Hanso Foundation * ORIENTATION *

Alvar Hanso:
I'm Alvar Hanso. If you are watching this film, you already know and have worked with Gerald and Karen DeGroot, founders and masterminds of the DHARMA Initiative.

By now, you also know there are many research goals for our joint venture. What you may not know, is why we have assembled the DHARMA Initiative, why we have assembled the greatest minds in the world and given them unlimited funds and access.

As with all you've already been told, you are bound by your honor and commitment to keep what you are about to hear a secret.

In a few weeks, after your induction counseling and survival training, you and your colleagues will be shipped to a top secret facil[ity...]
The precise location of the facility is known only to myself, the DeGroots, and the few high ranking members of my organization. Why all the security, all the secrecy? The answer is simple: Your research is intended to do nothing less than save the world as we know it.

In 1962, only thirteen years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. The United States and the Soviet Union almost fulfilled the promise of mutual assured destruction. A promise they continue to foster through a destructive Cold War. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, both nations decided to find a solution. The result was the Valenzetti Equation. Commissioned under the highest secrecy, through the U.N. Security Council, the equation is the brainchild of the Italian mathematician Enzo Valenzetti. It predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself. Whether through nuclear fire, chemical and biological warfare, conventional warfare, pandemic, over-population... The results are chilling, and attention must be paid...

Valenzetti gave numerical values to the core environmental and human factors in his equation: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Only by manipulating the environment, by finding scientific solutions to our problems we will be able to change those core factors, and give humanity a chance to survive. Although the equation has been buried by those who commissioned it [STATIC] panic. It has always been my belief that we ignore warnings at our own peril; and thus, the DHARMA Initiative was born.

DHARMA is an acronym for Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications. It also stands for the one true way. [STATIC] ...and through your research, you will help human... [STATIC].

We have constructed several stations on the island, underground laboratories with the facilities you will need to do your research, with optimal expediency...all of the support you will need, including regular medicine and food drops will be made in perpetuity.

A radio transmitter has also been erected on the island broadcasting in a frequency and encryption known only to us. The transmitter will only broadcast the core numerical values of the Valenzetti Equation. When, through your research, you manage to change the numerical value of any one of these factors, when you have created through science the [inaudible] ... We will know that the one true way has been found.

That is the work to which you have committed yourself. Change the core values of the Valenzetti Equation, and you will change the course of destiny. The fate of the human race is in your hands.

Thank you and namaste.


A great Lost resource for looking up obscure stuff:

Skramly said...


Redshirt said...

Wait a sec - how do you know that's no co-incidence? Source, please.