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“Weird” Numerology: “Weird Al” Yankovic and the Number 27

July 22, 2014

It started off as a coincidence—perhaps it just has a good rhythm—but the number 27 makes many, many appearances in the works and life of so-hot-right-now parody rock star “Weird Al” Yankovic.

  • Weird Al YankovicIn the song “Cable TV,” Yankovic mentions he’s seen Porky’s 27 times .
  • Yankovic’s album Even Worse was released in 1988 and peaked on the album chart at number 27.
  • In “Nature Trail to Hell,” a song making fun of a fictional horror movie also called Nature Trail to Hell, the words “nature trail to hell” are uttered 27 times.
  • There is a lyric in “The Biggest Ball of Twin in Minnesota” about a group of kids singing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” 27 times in one day.
  • The narrator hits the snooze button “27 times” in “Callin’ in Sick.”
  • “Every 27th customer will get a ballpeen hammer free” according to Yankovic’s “Hardware Store.”
  • In “Confessions Park III,” Yankovic claims to have not changed his underwear “in 27 days.”
  • On the cover of Running With Scissors, Yankovic is dressed in a running outfit. His number: 27.
  • The license plate on the cover of Straight Outta Lynwood reads “027 NLY.”
  • Yankovic has a cameo in The Naked Gun 2-1/2: the Smell of Fear. Look for it at the 27th minute of the movie.
  • When Yankovic’s 1989 comedy UHF was released on DVD, it was separated into 27 chapters. Even weirder: the UPC and ISBN codes both include a “27.”
  • In the just released video for “Foil,” a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” and which mocks conspiracy theorists, there’s a scene of a faked moon landing. A clapboard reads “take 27.”
  • This is a stretch, but Yankovic’s mother’s birthday was February 7, or “2/7.” So is his wife’s.
  • Yankovic once appeared on a celebrity edition of Wheel of Fortune. His winnings: $27,800.
  • In 1985, Yankovic won his first Grammy Award for “Eat It” in the Best Comedy Recording category. It was the 27th annual Grammy Awards.
  • In a 2001 interview, a reporter asked Yankovic to explain the significance of the number. His reply: “I thought it was fairly obvious, but if you need me to explain it. It’s the cube root of 19,683.”
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July 22, 2014 10:01 pm

Thank you for this now I can just post this on my Facebook to explain my tattoo… Its a 27 with dare to be stupid around it. Al is the best

J. Mike Reed Jr.
July 22, 2014 11:48 pm

I remember an interview where he said he first used the 27 in a song because it flowed and sounded funny, but when he noticed it was his mother’s birthday, he kept using it as a tribute to her… also on the license plate, NLY are his father’s initials.

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