Well that wiill clear up a lot of confusion! Thanks, eclipse!
I sometimes wondered myself, what was so cool about the number 8. So I went on a fact-finding mission.
This is what I found out:
8 is the largest cube in the Fibonacci sequence.
A base-8 (octal) numeral system was devised by the Yuki of Northern California, who used the spaces between the fingers to count.
You can split a pie into 8 pieces with three straight cuts.
There are 8 furlongs in a mile and 8 pints in a gallon.
1 human being out of 8 is a Chinese farmer.
In numerology, 8 is the number of building, and in some theories, also the number of destruction.
Eight are the main directions shown on any compass: north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest.
Bagua", in the Mystical Numbers of Taoism, represents the number 8 and symbolizes the Eight Signs of Change.
8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word "prosper". In Northern China, people often say: "If you want to be rich you must stick to the number eight".
The Buddha's Eightfold Path to Enlightenment is declared to be the way that leads to the cessation of suffering.
Hachiko is the word for the Japanese Kanji symbol 8. Hachiko is a representation of the divine and perfect symbol of eternity 8 because it starts in the heavens, reaches down to earth, and then climbs back up to heaven.
Then there's Mattel's Magic 8 Ball -- And among those of us who grew up in North America in the 1970's - who can forget the iconic School House Rock song "Figure 8" ?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jeq5a8bBh8c
Yes. 8 is indeed: