Monday, June 11, 2012
It's such an anti-climactic number. It's not your "5 minutes of fame" and it isn't your "order will be ready in 3 minutes." It's a forgettable number that either gives you too much time to wait or not enough time to do what you want.
You always hear people say, "I have 5 more minutes - that's plenty of time to hide the body." But you would never hear someone say, "I have 4 minutes to toss the murder weapon into the river. Plenty of time." Because, unfortunately, 4 minutes is never plenty of time to drive down to the aquaduct, toss in the anvil/murder weapon, pay off the bum that saw you toss away the weapon, and hop into a taxi to catch your flight at the airport. Famous movies and television shows are based on more popular numbers.
Gone in 60 seconds
3rd Rock from the Sun
Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen
2 Mules for Sister Sara
6 Degrees of Separation
But you'll only hear of 4 when it comes to sequels of movies, and usually by that time they had overplayed the same plot to death that nobody really likes the movie when it reaches its fourth release. Seriously, who really liked "Friday the 13th part IV: The Final Chapter?" It's based on a lie since they came out with 8 more movies after that, including the dreaded space odd-essy of "Jason X." Even when they do come out with more movies than the average 3, they always come up with a different name for the fourth movie to not use the number 4, or they have such a big franchise that nobody pays attention.
For example: George Lucas was a mastermind when he came out with the Star Wars franchise. He developed the first 3 movies, then came out with 3 more that were prequels of the others so nobody could tell what was the 4th movie.
Anyway, 4 is never quite as good as a 5-star restaurant rating and it's too long if you hope to win a race with the fastest time of 3 minutes or less. You don't see people in the Olympics win fourth place as the stand on the podium with the other three winners. What medal would they win? Aluminum?
4 minutes. A scourge to our daily lives and a forgettable number. I apologize in advance for wasting 4 minutes of your life reading this post.
(In case you are wondering what is up with the washing machine image at the top of the page, I did the laundry today. I never realized how waiting 4 minutes to place the laundry in the dryer is such a weird thing. If I had five minutes, I would have rushed out to take out the trash. If there was just three minutes, it would have seemed - in my mind - a short wait that was well worth it. But four minutes makes a person so indecisive on what they should do, and afterward it always seems as if the decision you made was a waste of time.)