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Old 05-08-2015, 12:24   #1
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general query-meaning of 555?

Is anyone out there aware of a meaning associated with the numbers 555? It has been hinted that it is related to yachting somehow. thank you!
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:28   #2
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Basic timer chip?


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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

I surely don't. You say "555" to me and I think "the 555 timer circuit."

A 555 can be set up with very few external components to be a bistable, monostable, or astable multivibrator.

It's truly one of the must useful little IC's out there.

(I am _suuuuuch_ a nerd)
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

The only association of 555 I've ever seen was the cigarette brand. The box said 25mg tar, but I suspect it really was 555mg. One of those and you could repair a pothole simply by spitting in it. Perhaps they've advertised on sails somewhere...actually not a bad idea for a market, you could fix a leaky deck quickly...
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Or the none existent area code used whenever a phone number is mentioned in a US film/TV Show?
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

It has some biblical meanings I think, someone who paid a lot more attention in church would have to confirm it.
It also used to be a very popular race number for all types of racing so maybe there has been a few famous race boats with that number? The old triple nickel .
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Or the none existent area code used whenever a phone number is mentioned in a US film/TV Show?
You mean the one I use when giving an alternate number to telemarketers?

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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

There's a hot little racing dinghy called a '555'.
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Brand name of a beer I use to drink in Vietnam.
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Just 111 away from 666 ..... baaaad karma
Could be somebody wanting to say '42' (the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything) but got their math wrong ?
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Sea Tiger 555 windlass was very popular in the old days. 5 by 5 means you are loud and clear during radio talk.

Probably a lot more meanings in different parts of the world.

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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

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Brand name of a beer I use to drink in Vietnam.
My favorite in Vietnam was Ba Me Ba (spelling) which was 33.

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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

555 is an alternate version of lol, usually with someone who speaks Thai.
The Thai word for 5 is pronounced "ha", so three of them would be pronounced "hahaha"



Pijit (Thai guy): 555
Me: Whaaat!?
Pijit: it is laughing in Thai. 5 = ha, 55 = haha, 555 = hahaha!
Me: ...good to know.



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Do you mean 5 by 5?
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Re: general query-meaning of 555?

Telephone numbers with the prefix 555 are widely used for fictitious telephone numbers in North American television shows, films, video games, and other media, although real numbers do exist in this range.
Not all numbers that begin with 555 are fictional—for example, 555-1212 is one of the standard numbers for directory assistance throughout the United States and Canada. In fact, only 555-0100 through 555-0199 are now specifically reserved for fictional use; the other numbers have been reserved for actual assignment, with the notable exception of the 800 area code where only 800-555-0199 is reserved. The entire 555 exchange is reserved in all overlay North American toll-free area codes (844, 855, 866, 877, 888)[1] and in Canada's rarely used non-geographic area code 600.
Area code 555 in the North American Numbering Plan is reserved for Directory Assistance applications.
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