Sensors have detected an abnormally high use of the number 47 in episodes of Star Trek. It is believed that a conspiracy is being coordinated by Joe Menosky, with substantial cooperation from Ronald D Moore, Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor (who have all served as Star Trek Producers and/or Writers). The frequency of use of this obscure number is well outside normal parameters. Commonly masked in a technical exchange or read from a sensor panel, the number is often mentioned or displayed so quickly that it is missed by the casual observer.
Recent information has come to light suggesting that conspiracy is actually manipulated by an obscure organisation called Pomona College. Further, Joe Menosky has had strong connections to this organisation! While it is known that the Pomonians hold to a belief that all numbers equal 47, their purpose for sequesting the number 47 in the Star Trek universe remains unknown.
Starfleet operatives have identified Star Trek episodes contain this mysterious number, and these are documented in this file. Writers and Producers who are suspected of conspiring—where known—are also noted. As information comes to light, it will uploaded into this database. This file is by no means complete! Submissions of evidence of further conspiratorial activity and background intelligence are most welcome. Select Upload mode on this terminal to transmit your findings to Starfleet.
Observers in the Sev Trek Quadrant are developing their own theories. Other operatives have recently uncovered undeniable evidence of the conspiracy:
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).