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For some time now I’ve wondered what the significance of ‘786’ is. I’ve seen it in a lot of email addresses from people in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and it cropped up in this photo of some flowers left in memory Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, the woman police officer shot dead here on Friday.
While it’s also another name for the Intel Pentium 4, it being the seventh generation of x86 processors and a continuation of the 286, 386, 486 numbering system that Intel used before the Pentium, it also roughly translates as “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” when using Arabic Numerology. That phrase, or rather its arabic equivalent, is the first sentence of the Qur’an, and is commonly quoted by certain Muslim denominations.
It’s amazing what you can find out from Wikipedia.


  1. Wow, that is amazing!
    Sorry to be off-topic, but I’m guessing at this point my email may have gotten spam-detected or lost in transit or the like. Regarding your templates…
    In your live template folder, there is no stylesheet or CSS tmpl.
    Is your current layout/stylesheet, the Verdana kubrick-esque on your front page available for use? Or is use of this “verdana” stylesheet prohibited until you release the templates as a set? I haven’t looked at your Live templates to see if they are the new Verdana-site templates or if they are just the most recent iteration of IcyBlue before your redesign.
    Thanks a million!

  2. Woah, I never new that. Perhaps we should watch out for 768 more.

  3. Joe: You could do but watching out for 786, rather than 768, would be more productive 🙂