We interrupt this blog to bring you an announcement of cosmic significance.
In case you haven’t yet noticed, the date today is October 11, 2012. Written numerically, that’s 10-11-12. The date consists of three consecutive numbers! For our friends who don’t live in the US, the customary manner of writing dates is day-month-year. We use that convention too, but we never do it numerically because it’s too confusing. Anyway, outside the US today is 11-10-12. That sequence doesn’t impress anyone, which is probably why dates such as this are generally ignored. Well, we won’t ignore it!
We have previously brought you news of other numerically-important dates, for example: Triple Eleven Day, and before that Get Ready for Triple Ten Day: 10-10-10, and before that Happy “Square Root Day”, and before that Pi Day is Coming!, and there may have been a few others that we can’t recall at the moment. But, probably because of the aforementioned regional confusion, we’ve never marked a date consisting of consecutive numbers — until today.
A date like this can’t be written with the first nine years in a century, because there’s a zero in such years. In every century, consecutive number dates can only occur in the double-digit years. In US style, such dates start with August 9, ’10 and end with December 13, ’14. That’s right — there are only five such dates per century, and we missed the first two. This is the third. When they’re gone, there won’t be any more in your lifetime.
There will also be one more triple-number date coming up, on December 12. After that, you won’t live long enough to see any more of those either.
Now that you know what a special day this is, enjoy it. And remember, this important news was brought to you by your Curmudgeon.
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