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Once upon a time, there was a relatively little-noticed movie about Jim Carrey going insane because he saw the number 23 everywhere.  What a droll little slice of amusement, you might quip (as you tip your bowler hat and sip your scotch), but of course such nonsense amounts to mere fiction!

Since PaleyFest, though, Bones fans might have something to say about that.

As a matter of fact, the number 447 has been showing up all over the place on Bones.  The “Bones-Confessions” Tumblr has posted three photos from three different seasons featuring the number.  Then there’s this screenshot from this very season of Booth (David Boreanaz) walking by room 447 juxtaposed with a newspaper clipping about “HIGHWAY 447.”

Creeped out yet?  Well that’s not all — according to BuddyTV, the confounding set of digits will show up again in this season, in episode 12.  For those of you not keeping score, that’s “The Suit in the Set,” and we suspect that we’ve found the 447 already — namely, in this photo, presumably from the eponymous movie set where Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) will investigate their latest murder.

So what does 447 mean?  The bad news for curious Bones fans is that creator Hart Hanson is behind this one, and he’s characteristically unforthcoming with secretive stuff like this.  And this time around, according to The Futon Critic, not even the cast knows what 447 means...in fact, John Francis Daley (Sweets) didn’t even know that there was anything worth knowing!

Fortunately, there is a silver lining regarding this infuriating Easter egg, and it comes from Hanson itself.  We will discover the meaning of 447, Hanson promises...in the series finale.  Yes, you read that right: Bones fans starved for this morsel of info will have to wait for enlightenment until Bones kicks the bucket.

In addition, Hart Hanson shared during PaleyFest 2012 that Baby Bones will be born at 4:47 — though he added that a clock won’t actually be visible during the scene. So does that really count? Do you have any ideas on what 447 could mean? Or are there other times  you’ve seen it appear on the show? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Tumblr, The Futon Critic

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