Today is 10-11-12

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10-11-12This morning saw the passing of 7:08:09 on 10-11-12. Less than an hour later: 8:09, 10-11-12.

This evening, enjoy the repeats – if you can restrain your anticipation of the vice presidential debate.

Welcome to the sort of day that makes numbers some of us smile, and lottery players change up their usual bets.

Not that their odds improve.

It’s been about two years since 10-11-12 came up in Powerball, and you could say it came very close to matching the date, 12-1-2010, since 5, 10, 11, 12 and 20 came up, along with a Powerball of 2.

But Sheila Verke of Arizona, who hit the $95 million jackpot, didn’t play the date. She reportedly played her regular combination of birthdays, as she had for years.

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.

Next month we’ll see 12:12:12 on 12-12-12. Last year 11-11-11 was big, inspiring an uptick in weddings and bringing added attention to Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, celebrating the World War One treaty signing at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

The days of such sequences, though, you could say are “numbered” – and not because a couple of Mayan calendars “eerily” stopped counting on 12-21-12.

Ever since 12-11-10, descending sequences have disappeared, and next year, the repeats will vanish, too, since there’s no month 13.

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.

Might be a date to “circle” on your calendar.


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