Sheldon Cooper sure has an opinion about everything, but the reason behind why his favourite number is 73, is the best one of them all!
‘The Big Bang Theory’ has a legion of fans that followed the series through 12 years. Each one of its characters – Sheldon, Raj, Penny, Leonard, and Howard – are memorable in their own ways, but Jim Parsons’ portrayal of Sheldon Cooper made him the undeniable star of the show!
Why does Sheldon wear the “73” t-shirt?
- The mystery behind Sheldon’s superhero t-shirts
- Why Sheldon loves the number 73!
- Where you can see Sheldon Cooper in action after ‘The Big Bang Theory’
The sitcom’s 12 seasons forayed Parsons into the spotlight and earned him several awards and even more nominations. The actor’s work on the show is unforgettable and the way he embodies his character and delivers a stellar performance is inspiring.
Sheldon Cooper, the genius theoretical physicist and comic book nerd, has an explanation for every doubt his friends might or might not have. His eccentric ways of dealing with day-to-day things, his idiosyncrasies and his peculiar routines make him an intriguing character. His interest in all things science and his obliviousness to social conventions and humour made his character truly iconic.
From his paraphernalia to his superhero t-shirts, fans have always been curious about Sheldon.
Some have also wondered about what Sheldon’s love for the number 73 stands for, and we’re going to decode it for you!
The mystery behind Sheldon’s superhero t-shirts
Sheldon is a genius and there are no two questions about that. As it is, every genius mind has its own set of emotions and Sheldon does too! He might do his best to put on a poker face and pretend like nothing matters but fans have discovered several easter eggs that make sense of his behaviours.
Sheldon is quite moody and usually wears solid coloured t-shirts with science fiction logos or comic characters. His “Green Lantern t-shirt” is popular with fans, and if you’re not a nerd as big as him, you’re in for a surprise. In the Green Lantern comics, colours correspond with moods and emotions and reflect a feeling accordingly. Seeing as Sheldon is a massive fan of the superhero, it wouldn’t be wrong to presume his acceptance of the idea.
He wears similar t-shirts in different colours, perhaps ones that reflect his mood on certain days. They have a deeper meaning than viewers might notice at first glance, but it sounds like something Sheldon would do.
Why Sheldon loves the number 73
Of course, Sheldon Cooper has a favourite number. Although it might sound simple when you hear it, there’s an equally complicated reason behind it. Because nothing is straight with Sheldon Cooper!
In the tenth episode of the fourth season, titled “The Alien Hypothesis”, Sheldon Cooper expresses his love for a certain number. He often wears a t-shirt with the number 73 on it and goes to explain the reason why.
In the episode, Sheldon explains that “73 is the 21st prime number, its mirror 37 is the 12th, its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying (hang on to your hats) 7 and 3.” At first, Raj tries to explain why his favourite number is the superior one but Sheldon wouldn’t have it.
Funnily, Jim Parsons was born in 1973 and “The Alien Hypothesis” is actually the 73rd episode of the series. We wouldn’t be surprised if the writers set up the viewers for the unexpected joke!
Where you can see Sheldon Cooper in action after ‘The Big Bang Theory’
‘The Big Bang Theory’ aired its finale last year and fans have been missing watching the misfits in action. Luckily, for fans, they can continue to learn more about Sheldon Cooper in ‘Young Sheldon’, the TBBT spin-off series!
‘Young Sheldon’ stars Iain Armitage as a younger version of the genius Sheldon Cooper, and follows his high school days. The show is narrated by Jim Parsons, the real Sheldon himself, so there are several nostalgic moments for you to experience.
The first three seasons have been immensely popular and a fourth is on its way! Maybe the new season will see the ‘Young Sheldon’ donning superhero t-shirts and really embracing nerd culture as his adult version does.
Have you discovered anything peculiar about Sheldon Cooper’s t-shirts? Let us know in the comments!