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References in Popular Culture
And the Lord spake, saying,
“”First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.
|—Monty Python and the Holy Grail|
Jesus spent three years in earthly ministry.
The Holy Trinity is all about threes. It was so popular in the middle ages that the monks who invented music called a group of 3 beats a "perfection" and wrote everything in what today would be called a triple meter. 9/8 time, which is 3 groups of 3 beats each, was like a double perfection for them. How many works in 9/8 (not 6/8, not 12/8, definitely not 7/8, but 9/8) have you heard recently?