Riddle #18 – The Number Seven

How is seven different

from the rest of the numbers

between one and ten?


And while you’re here, check out these 10 facts about the number Seven…

Biblical Significance: In the Bible, the number seven is used frequently and is considered the number of divine perfection and completion. For instance, God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, making it holy.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The ancient Greeks listed seven sites as the top must-see places of their time, known as the Seven Wonders. They included the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, among others.

Days of the Week: There are seven days in a week, a concept which has its origins in ancient civilizations, including the Babylonians.

There are seven continents on Earth: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

Rainbow Colors: Traditionally, the rainbow is said to have seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This concept is based on Sir Isaac Newton’s division of the spectrum.

Classical Planets: In ancient astronomy, there were seven known “planets” which included the Sun and the Moon: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Deadly Sins & Heavenly Virtues: There are seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues in Christian teachings. The sins are pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. The virtues are faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance, and prudence.

Musical Notes: There are seven distinct notes in a traditional musical scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Ti.

Chakras: In some Indian religions and many New Age beliefs, the human body is said to have seven primary chakras or energy centers.

Chemistry: The number seven has a special place in chemistry as well. The outermost electron shell of an atom, called the M-shell, can hold a maximum of seven electrons.

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