Friday, January 21, 2011
21 and Above
Could it be the way 21 sounds when you say it? The number does sound a lot sexier on the ears than 14 or 11, especially when you imagine Marilyn Monroe or Pierce Bronsman saying it. Try saying every number from 1 to 21 in your head in the most exotic way and say it isn’t true! “Twenty onnnneeeeeee! Twenty-oneeeeeeeee!”
It isn’t? Ah, what do you guys know, with your lame, super-fast, 4G powered Blackberries and high-definition television sets with 1080p formats and Blue Ray? Sconex still rules!
Maybe we’re not fascinated by the way 21 sounds, but rather the second digit that makes it up. People always strive to be “Numero Uno” in everything they do. That’s what makes up the American spirit. That’s why we are considered the number 1 country on the planet, until China comes knocking for its money.
Our presidents are referred to as “Leaders of The Free World,” further implying number 1 status. Rap star Nelly even made a song called “#1,” though it never quite reached that status on the Billboard Hot 100. Bottom line is we love 1.
So would it really be crazy to say this is the reason 21 is the 100 percent legal age in the United States? Think about it. The tallest, oldest kids were always 1st in line to drink from the water fountain back in elementary school. That privilege seems to apply to 21-year olds in a sense.
But don’t fret though. Tis’the way of human life, and has been since time began. When all you filthy underagies become awesome overagers, you’ll take Big Billy’s place at the fountain and bully the younger kids (Ok, you probably shouldn’t do that, but if you do, you never read this piece.Got it?).