Jean Valjean's convict number was 24601. Popular myth states that the number was chosen by Hugo because it was the date that he was conceived (24th of June, 1801). It is only known that he was born on Feb 26, 1802, approximately 8 months later. As an homage to the novel, the number often appears in popular culture. Many characters, most notably [[Sideshow Bob]] from [[The Simpsons]], [[Oscar Bluth]] from [[Arrested Development (TV series)|Arrested Development]], and the player character from the computer game [[System Shock]], have the prisoner number 24601. The number has been referenced in many other instances.