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June 29, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Stealthy 8 delegates

Sneaky, that numeral “8”

It’s actually Infinity incognito: rolled up on one end.

Like a snowman.

Hiding in plain sight.

The cold infinite truth: snowmen of Sappo Japan (Image: WIKI/N.Henriksen)

Why is that do you suppose?

Who’s after it?

Why content to be a firmly defined amount or number – instead of an open-ended sign of time?

Glimpse of infinity in space. Thanks Hubble telescope.(


Feeling slighted?

From lack of attention with so many being short-sighted?

But it’s so well-rounded!

Sculpture by Barry Hume (WIKI/AndreasPraefcke)

Maybe looking for less demanding work?

Less heady thoughts?

A sly way to encourage literacy – that hiding among letters?

Reading skills require fine tuning to comprehend such as infinity?

Fractal: Julia Set. (WIKI / Eequor)

Self-serving, then.

Sacrifice by a few to benefit the whole thoughtful concept?

Symbol for infinity. (Image: WIKI)

Well, just take a look.

(Did you see it there? Or maybe here?)

Infinity pool (Image: WIKI / Jayen466)

Open a book.

(Could infinity appear?)

Disney.Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear book (Image:

Not everyone’s a fool.

(Although life offers an infinite opportunities to be one of those?)

The brain’s a fine tool.

(Infinity needs careful construction?)

It’s cool!

Infinity on wheels! (Image:


Better 8 than great?

Drop that numeral alias and disguise.

Discard the peek-a-boo hide and seek in words.

To Buzz who says “To infinity…and beyond!”

 In infinite wisdom, you must respond! 

Celebrating the secret identity of “8”

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

(NOTE: The German speaks. A special post this weekend.)


  1. jmmcdowell / Jun 29 2012 1:06 am

    Clever post! And I’m looking forward to reading what the German has to say on Saturday. Hopefully RC won’t be too put out….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 29 2012 12:24 pm

      Glad you got a chuckle from infinity. (While RC – who is thrilled – is prodding the German to post, we are waiting on confirmation – probably something Sat. night) Thanks for tuning in


  2. shoreacres / Jun 29 2012 2:39 am

    What a h oo t! I laughed so hard I fell on my pat oo t!

    But I will say that the “well-rounded” sculpture looks like it eight too much!


  3. PiedType / Jun 29 2012 4:24 am

    I confess I never thought of the infinity sign as just a lazy 8.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 29 2012 12:29 pm

      Do you think 8 rolls over if not supported by other numerals? Or maybe 8’s got core strength and can stand alone? The mysteries are infinite! Thanks for being among the numbers here.(UGH – see the winds are back in the fire zone.)


  4. EllaDee / Jun 29 2012 5:32 am

    Each year, over a million infinities are being used in tests for the purpose of mathematics. Pure Mathematics promotes the benefits of infinity testing but Infinity Liberationists are concerned infinities often undergo harmful methods of testing and suffer greatly as a result. The I.L’s believe infinity experimentation is both cruel and unnecessary and mathematicians have no right to put innocent infinities through such torture. As a result many infinities have foregone their original identities and assumed the innocuous manifestion of the numeral 8, where they are revered by the Chinese and numerologists, and suffer only slight indiginities as the hands of school students 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 29 2012 12:33 pm

      Gold start comment! Glad to count you among the numbers who are aware of infinity’s flight. Thanks for that set of information. Number onward!


  5. Vikki (The View Outside) / Jun 29 2012 8:44 am

    I LOVE all those little snowmen 🙂



  6. jmlindy422 / Jun 29 2012 1:21 pm

    I, too, love the snowmen. And can’t wait to hear from the german again.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 29 2012 3:03 pm

      Where are they rolling off to do you think? It’s a great pix. (The German’s working on it, but the heat makes her doze….). Thanks for joining the count here.


  7. Ally Bean / Jun 29 2012 2:55 pm

    Well, you already know that I adore eight/infinity. Great post. Good topic.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 29 2012 3:04 pm

      Thought you might get a chuckle. That 8 just makes you think…but that’s probably their plan? Thanks for adding to the conversation


  8. sportsattitudes / Jun 29 2012 6:17 pm

    Those Sappo snowmen are very COOL. Welcome picture on a hot day. Flipping the calendar to July means the year is now half over…and snowmen will soon be “in season” again.


  9. CATachresis / Jun 29 2012 9:41 pm

    Oh you are good! I’m a bit slow here so the 8 falling over joke has already been through. The connotations are infinite!


  10. Edward Hotspur / Jun 29 2012 9:57 pm


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 30 2012 2:43 am

      Perfect! Thanks!


      • Edward Hotspur / Jun 30 2012 2:59 am

        I’m pretty good, but hey, no one is perfect.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 30 2012 11:17 am

          If you had been perfect, you would have included the “Mutts” cartoon strip yesterday about infinity? Still that clip was c-oo-l. And appreciated…always glad when you round out the comments


  11. jannatwrites / Jul 2 2012 1:24 am

    I never thought of infinity being slacker. Infinity has a great job. I bet 3 is jealous because he’s halfway there.


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