Towards the end, Lomont writes:
[A]n amazing number of people guessed the bug had something to do with the 65536 row limit, showing the flaws in belief in numerology.
Um, it's a power of 2? Somehow it's not surprising that powers of 2 occur in a lot of distinct places with binary computers. (Hence the "correlation is not causation" tag on this entry -- the number of rows didn't cause the bug, nor vice versa, but both were caused by the fact that the internal architecture of the computer is binary.)