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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 10
03-09-2010, 04:40 AM
http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/47

The joke started with one of the season 1 writers, they went to a university where a maths lecturer used to have a saying that "every equation eventually = 47". This was picked up by the technobabble writers and the Okudas who incorporated it pretty much everywhere that was "inconspiciously conspicuous".

Ronald Moore put 47 into battlestar galactica along with the other writers, Robert Wolfe of DS9 did the same thing to Andromeda.

There is a LOT more references to 47 in on screen displays and text then there is spoken, seriously. Even an entire year of DS9 had stardates beginning with 47. All trek ships from DS9/Voyager start with 74 (47 backwards, which is also part of the joke).