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The 23 Enigma: Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard!

Movie poster for the 2007 film 'The Number 23' starring Jim Carrey.

Movie poster for the 2007 film 'The Number 23' starring Jim Carrey.

Disinfo.com editor’s note: This classic dossier by Dave “daev” Walsh was originally published on this site on Oct. 18, 2000.

Well, we don’t have any explanation. We’re not into saying, “This is why”. I don’t come to any conclusion. I simply think it’s interesting.

— Genesis P-Orridge, interview in ‘Tape Delay’ by Charles Neal, 1987.

The ’23 Enigma’, as discovered by William S. Burroughs, presents itself as a good omen for some — disaster for others. Trying to convey the phenomenon to the uninitiated is as easy as describing the night sky to someone who has been blind from birth.

When Burroughs was in Tangiers, he knew a Captain Clark who ran a ferry over to Spain. One day, Clark told Burroughs that he had been doing the route for 23 years without an accident. That day, the ferry sank … that evening, while Burroughs was thinking about the incident, a radio bulletin announced the crash of Flight 23 on the New York-Miami route.… Read the rest

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