Posted in History, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 11, 2012

Today is October 11, 2012. In the six digit shorthand for dates, this is 10/11/12. If you enter this into google with the slash marks, it will read it as 10 divided by 11, with the result divided by 12. The answer for this is 0.07575757, with the fives and sevens dancing off to the horizon. If you multiply 10x11x12, the correct answer is 1320.

There is a pleasing symnetry to 10-11-12. It happens every year for twelve years at the start of the century, between January 2, 2003 and December 13, 2014. If you really want to party, remember to set your clocks to buzz at 7:08:09 p.m. If you woke up at that time this morning, you get bonus points. If you want to celebrate again, there is 8:09 10-11-12.

USA Today reports that today is a big day for lottery tickets and wedding chapels. (More google results show this AP feature is appearing in a number of publications.) “It basically happens in the early years of a new century,” says Geoff Chester, public affairs officer at the U.S. Naval Observatory. “Really, this is just a numerological curiosity,People find it amusing. But there is no cosmic significance. It’s an artifact of the calendar and time system that we use.”

Geoff Chester probably does not know Philadelphia writer Peter Mucha. With the miracle of copy paste, Mr. Mucha makes the job of a slack blogger much easier.

“As numbers freaks know, however, such sequences are fairly common, especially in the first decade or so of a century. Include repeat sequences (1-1-01), descending ones (3-2-01), consider the order preferred in Europe (20-01-2001, or Jan. 20, 2001), and include palindromes (10-1-01, 10-2-01, 10-02-2001, etc.) among the so-called patterns, and, why, more than a dozen possibilities popped up in just the century’s first year. … Ever since 12-11-10, descending sequences have disappeared, and next year, the repeats will vanish, too, since there’s no 13th month. 12-13-14 will put an end to ascending strings as well – unless you count by odds or evens and like the likes of 5:07:09 on 11-13-15 – a Friday the 13th, by the way. No matter. People will still see patterns, just as they did on 9-9-99. … Every year, March 14 or 3-14 is Pi Day, since the circumference/diameter constant is 3.14159 etc. So, expect extra hoopla in 2015 (when adding seconds after the date makes for a Pi Second accurate to 10 decimals, with 3-14-15 9:26:54, according to a Princeton Web page). Pi Day 2016 might be even bigger, when 3-14-16 rounds the constant off to four decimal places.”

Bible Gateway has a page for Mark 10:11-12 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” The page has an ad for Christian Mingle. “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4”

Today is the fourth day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, with graphics coming to a facebook near you. For those who are tired of wrestling with coat hangers, this is National Coming Out Day. The ghost of Keith Haring wants a royalty payment.

October 11 is not a popular day for history, birthdays, or holidays. The best October 11 can do for a historic event is the 1975 premiere of Saturday Night Live. On this day in 1912, Betty Noyes was born. She was the ghost singer for Debbie Reynolds in Singin’ in the Rain. 1932 saw the birth, in McMinnville TN, of Dottie West. There were four deaths on October 11 that catch the eye: Chico Marx (1961), Edith Piaf (1963), 1963, Dorothea Lange, (1965) and Redd Foxx (1991).

Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

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  1. Anonymous said, on October 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I like your pictures. Thanks

  2. Anonymous said, on October 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    talk about odds…today, 10/11/12 is my daughters 13th birthday!

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