Friday, March 12, 2010

One Plus One Plus One Equals Three


This blog post has come about because I used an introductory line - 'There is an old adage that states: "Things usually come in threes" '  as I began to write a blog post about a recent trip to the South Island with my brother [Next blogpost folks]. I googled the adage and found the results so interesting that I am using what I found as a blog posting in its own right.

THINGS USUALLY COME IN THREES

3 Billy Goats Gruff
3 Coins in a Fountain
3 French Hens (song)
3 Days of the Condor
3 Alden look-a-likes if I had been born an identical triplet
3 Bones in the Human Ear
3 Miles in a League
3 Old King Cole's Fiddlers
3 Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, Anne)
3 Goals in a Hat Trick (hockey)
3 Little Pigs
3 Bears in Goldilocks
3 Sheets to the Wind
3 Times a Lady
3 Minute Egg
3 Piece Suit
3 Feet in a Yard
3 Books in Lord of the Rings
3 Ring Circus
3 Ships of Christopher Columbus
3 Sheets to the Wind
3 Books in a Trilogy
3 Witches in Macbeth
3 Heads on the Dog Cerberus
3 is the number of  times you need to tell Alden stuff to make it really sink into his thick head
3 Little Kittens They Lost Their Mittens
3 Wheels on a Tricycle
3 Stooges
3 Blind Mice
3 Wise Men
3 Legged Race
3 Ring Circus
3 Wheeler
3 Point Landing
3 Strikes & You're Out
3 Cornered Hat
3 Is A Crowd
3 Dimensional
3 Faces of Eve
3 Mile Island
3 Musketeers
3 R's
3rd time's a charm
3 Bee Gees
3 Branches of US Federal govt (RIP)
3 Sides of a triangle
3 Capitals of South Africa
3 legs on Aldens trousers when he wants to do a rendition of Rolf Harris's song "I'm Jake the Peg with An Extra leg, diddle, diddle, diddle dum" ( Its ANZAC cultural inhouse knowledge)
3 Races in the Triple Crown (horse racing)
3 Angles in a Triangle
3 Cousins of Donald Duck: Huey, Dewey and Louie
3 Dog Night
3 Ring Circus
3 Alous (Matty, Jesus and Felipe)
3 Kennedys (John, Robert and Teddy)
3 Trimesters in a Pregnancy
3 Flavors in Neapolitan Ice Cream
3 Bean Salad
3 To Get Ready (and four to go)
3 Stars in Orion’s belt
3 Parts To An Atom: protons, neutrons, and electrons.
3 Caloric Sources: Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins
3 Quarks in a Baryon.
3 Primary hues in white light red, green, and blue.
3 is the number of classes of yachts Alden has owned, cruised and raced extensively - a 7 foot P Class, a 13 foot OK dinghy and a 30 foot Keeler - not a 3 hulled trimaran amongst them.
3 Parts to the Personality: Id. Ego, super-ego
3 Earth Divisions: Core, Mantle, Crust.
3 Rock Formations: Igneous- Metamorphic- Sedimentary.
3 Times A Lady
3 Bags Full in Baa Baa Black Sheep
3 Barleycorns in an Inch
3 Hands on a Clock (with the Seconds Hand)
3 Is a Crowd
3 King Lear's Daughters (Regan, Goneril and Cordelia)
3 is usually the number of wheels left on Aldens jacked up car as he changes a punctured tyre (he's no fool)
3 Colors in the Flag
3 Legged Race
3 Men and a Baby (movie)
3 Minute Egg
3 Card Monte
3 Great Pyramids at Giza
3 on a Match
3 legged race
3 Point Basket
3 Miles in a League
3 Men in a Tub Rub a Dub Dub
3 Holes in a Bowling Ball
3 Balls on a Pawn Brokers Sign
3 Colours in a Set of Traffic Lights
3 Lines in a Haiku Poem
3 Life lines in Who Wants to be a Millionaire
3 Leaves on a Shamrock
3 Minutes in a Boxing Round
3 Scruples in a Dram
3 Teaspoons in a Tablespoon
3 Valves on a Trumpet
3 Shakes of a Tail
3 Megajoules in a Kilowatt Hour
3 Laws of Motion
3 Legs on a Milking Stool
3 Monastic Vows (Poverty, Chastity and Obedience)
3 Points for a Field Goal in (American) Football
3 Penny Opera
3 Ring Circus
3 Wise Men, Casper, Melchior, Balthasar
3 Tenors (Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti)
3 Gorgons (Medusa, Stheno and Euryale)

3 Greek Fates Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos
3 Roman Graces: Aglaia, Euphrosyne, Thalia.
3 Parts to a Chimera: Lion Head, Goat Body, SnakeTail
3 Roman Furies Alecto, Megaera, Tisiphone
3 Greek Harpies: Aello, Ocypete, and Celaeno.
3 Times Peter denied Christ.
3 Body Types: Endomorph, Mesomorph, Ectomorph
3 Ring Notebooks
3 is the number of car engines Alden has managed to stuff in his lifetime so far - Triumph Toledo (clunk, clunk, clunk, stop, completely fucked, happy car wrecker dealer) - Mazda 626 (overheated, warped the head, needed head planed, expensive, bugger) - Honda Accord (broken cam belt, bent all the OHC valve thingies - new engine and I drive off to Peter Paul and Mary singing "when will they ever learn, when will they eeeeeevvvvverrrrr learn)
3 Notes in a Triad (chord)
3 Bases in a Codon
3 Domains: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucaryota
3 Germ layers: Endoderm, Mesoderm, Ectoderm
3 Species of Homo: Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens
Cu*m Laude, Magna Cu*m Laude, and Suma Cu*m Laude
Frankencense, Gold and Myrrh
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Hegel’s Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis
The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
Of the People, By the People, For the People
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Veni, Vidi, Vici
Faith, Hope and Charity
Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Paper, Rock, Scissors
3 is the number of prongs I had on my eel spear when I was a young whipper snapper eeling in the creek behind my house at good old Pages Road - hold the thought about eels, a blog is coming your way soon.
Peter Paul and Mary
Winken, Blinken, and Nod
Snap, Crack, and Pop
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Small, Medium and Large
Alvin, Simon and Theodore (chipmunks)
CBS, NBC, ABC
Ready, Aim, Fire
On Your mark, Get Set, Go
Alden Raymond Smith
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* And here's three cheers to you if you have managed to read through the list to the end without falling asleep :-)

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11 comments:

Ben Bongers said...

In Dutch, drie maal is scheepsrecht. Literally translated: tree times is maritime law. (meaning third time lucky).
One two three in God’s name …, an expression used at funerals on sea.

Very nice of you to take the Zaanse Schans windmills as an illustration.

Alden Smith said...

Ah yes. "Third time lucky" is a well known term - I wonder if it came about because human beings seem to have to do things more than once to get them right!

I couldn't resist using the Zaanse Schans windmill picture - after all Holland is one of very favourite countries.

Dan Gurney said...

And it looks like I'll be leaving comment #3. The Three Refuges of the Buddhist tradition: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. And the three marks of existence: impermanence, selflessness, and unsatisfactoriness. There's almost no end to this list, I would think.

David said...

3 Stages of Labour,3 Austen Powers Movies, the 3 Stooges,and the greatest three of all, Spike Milligan,Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers- "The Goons"

Alden Smith said...

Absolutely, David, absolutely, absolutely :>) :>)
I read your sailing blog and I will read it again, very interesting indeed, absolutely great photographs and great to read about your adventures.

(Isn't is great how Kiwi NEVER take the piss) :>)

Delwyn said...

Yesterday today and tomorrow

heaven forbid # 5

three points to a triangle

menage a trois

three joints in your fingers

three sizes of condoms: large, very large and extra large

three happy days

VenDr said...

You forgot Huey Dewey and Louie.

Jung says 3 is an inherently incomplete and unstable number and was very glad with the adoption of the doctrine of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin in 1959 as he thought that the Trinity was thus made a quaternity and was inherently more whole and complete.

Alden Smith said...

Delwyn, I think that the way you massage the egos of 50% of the worlds population with your comment on condoms is commendable. There are many smart arse comments that are a corrollary to that but hey, solid objects have been known to have been thrown in Australia and arrived on the said targets head via the Tasman Sea high altitude jet stream.

Alden Smith said...

Kelvin. Yes, well I guess considering you can draw a circle around both a triangle (three points) and a square (4 points) the square moves closer towards the infinity of points that are contained on the perimeter of a circle - which Jung considered the ulimate symbol of wholeness and completeness - and expressed in his paintings of Mandalas.

Janice said...

Drink, drank, drunk - is that what you were when you wrote this? And you included 3 sheets to the wind twice - telling, no?

Alden Smith said...

Janice I "Cyberwrote" it. That is I did a Google search, then cut and pasted the results - and yes it does have some repeats, I left those in especially as a test to make sure you read it. Drink, Drank and Drunk? Me, MOI? Really Janice! - well yes.