Is this the last repetitive number date you and I will see? Does it matter?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It was one of those random Facebook memes that came out of nowhere and caught my attention. One of my Facebook “friends” — or friend of a friend (of a friend?) had shared a photo post by the Facebook page BuzzFeed. The photo showed a rat ostensibly saying, “12.12.12 is the last repetitive date we’ll ever see.” BuzzFeed, coincidentally, was founded in 2006, and no doubt a similar post appeared that year in which the numbers 06.06.06 featured prominently. Regardless, the photo caught my attention briefly enough to ask, “It is true?” Then of course another popped up — George Takei shared a similarly themed photo, this one showing two microphones over the words, “National sound check day tomorrow 1 2 1 2 1 2.” So, like any other journalist …
Holly Tlusty and Kevin Gammonley had a midnight celebration with friends Wednesday to celebrate the special day.
The number 12 holds special significance in our lives. Twelve months in a year, 12 inches in a foot, 12 signs of the zodiac. People in a jury, beers in a pack, roses in a bouquet—all grouped in 12. And don't forget the 12 days of Christmas. For those celebrating a birthday Wednesday, the triple-digit date alignment of Dec. 12, 2012—12/12/12—sprinkles something extra over an already special day, thanks to the rarity of the numerological occurrence. The date is the last such occurrence until Jan. 1, 2101. Call it rare, or special—call it a wedding anniversary easy to remember. In Las Vegas, one wedding chapel expects it will see 10 times the normal amount of ceremonies it sees on a Wednesday, according to one CNN.com article. In Downers …