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Offline laoghaire

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Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:26:19 AM »
Guys, IT MAKES SENSE.

12 + 22 + 32 = 14

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 11:35:18 AM »
^This man is a genius!

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 12:16:05 PM »
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Guys, IT MAKES SENSE.

12 + 22 + 32 = 14

You're welcome.

What???


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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 01:44:19 AM »
Haha, nice!

I guess 'catorce' is one pf U2's best jokes

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 05:40:32 AM »
Is anyone going to explain the joke to me?


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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 01:14:20 PM »
It's not much of a joke, really.

So we have the intro to Vertigo: uno, dos, tres, catorce. Spanish for one, two, three, fourteen. So the big question is, why does Bono say fourteen (catorce) instead of four (cuatro)?

In the above equation, if you add the squares of one (1), two (4), and three (9), you get fourteen. So ostensibly the lyric could be explained by this somewhat convoluted relationship between the numbers.

Of course, I don't actually believe this is the reason for the lyric but thought it was amusing.

Full disclosure: I did not come up with this myself, saw a YT comment and was tickled by it.

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2018, 01:38:51 PM »
I was trying to figure out how the sum of 12, 22, and 32 was 14.  In case you care, squares are notated with ^.

1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 = 14

So did everyone else responding get what you meant or were they just acting like they did?  I should have figured it out.


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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 01:47:57 PM »
I used the superscript tag for the squares but maybe your browser isn't displaying them accordingly.

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Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 02:00:46 PM »
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I used the superscript tag for the squares but maybe your browser isn't displaying them accordingly.

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At least its less of a mystery why Iím the only one who didnít get it.


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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2018, 03:51:08 PM »
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I used the superscript tag for the squares but maybe your browser isn't displaying them accordingly.

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At least its less of a mystery why Iím the only one who didnít get it.
so maybe this is the best joke  ;)

Is it ever revealed why he says catorce? Or is Bono just lame and made a mistake a la 'early morning april 4th'?

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2018, 05:53:27 PM »
I love it! #teachernerd

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2018, 06:49:33 AM »
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I used the superscript tag for the squares but maybe your browser isn't displaying them accordingly.

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At least its less of a mystery why Iím the only one who didnít get it.
so maybe this is the best joke  ;)

Is it ever revealed why he says catorce? Or is Bono just lame and made a mistake a la 'early morning april 4th'?

Who even knows, but I really doubt it was a mistake (I know "early morning" was).

It seems like a little joke to me, a wink. And it fits his optimistic personality. And he is really really really not dumb.

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2018, 07:15:49 AM »
In U2 By U2, Bono said that there may have been alcohol involved, haha.

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2018, 08:48:36 AM »
Wiki says this:

At the beginning of the song, Bono counts off in Spanish "Unos, dos, tres, catorce!" In English, this translates to "some, two, three, fourteen!" When asked about this oddity in an interview for Rolling Stone, Bono replied "there may have been some alcohol involved". Some sources have suggested that as the first words spoken on the album, the lyrical choice was a deliberate nod to Exodus 3:14 (the first Testament (Old) of the Christian Bible, second book, third chapter, fourteenth verse), whereby after Moses asks God's name, God responds "I Am that I Am". This theory is supported by the fact the final track on the How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album is titled "Yahweh", another name for the Abrahamic god.

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Re: Uno, dos, tres, catorce
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2018, 10:53:57 AM »
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Wiki says this:

At the beginning of the song, Bono counts off in Spanish "Unos, dos, tres, catorce!" In English, this translates to "some, two, three, fourteen!" When asked about this oddity in an interview for Rolling Stone, Bono replied "there may have been some alcohol involved". Some sources have suggested that as the first words spoken on the album, the lyrical choice was a deliberate nod to Exodus 3:14 (the first Testament (Old) of the Christian Bible, second book, third chapter, fourteenth verse), whereby after Moses asks God's name, God responds "I Am that I Am". This theory is supported by the fact the final track on the How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album is titled "Yahweh", another name for the Abrahamic god.
I agree itís not a mistake. I always thought the ďcatorceĒ was just an indication of disorientation ó vertigo. The idea of the Biblical reference is interesting though. I wouldnít put it past Bono.


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