Auspicious, superstitious, lucky or doomed: enjoy 12.12.12 while it lasts

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Auspicious, superstitious, lucky or doomed: enjoy 12.12.12 while it lasts

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 is the last consecutive number date sequence of the century.

Bearing in mind that each day is divided into two 12-hour parts (am and pm), each year has 12 months, there are 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 days of Christmas, 12 Apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 old testament prophets and so much more to do with the number 12, it suggests that humans have had a particular soft spot for this specific number.

Today in Japan people prayed for peace at an event called a “Light Meeting” in Tama, west of Tokyo. At exactly 12h12m12s today, December 12, 2012, the event marked the last day in this century where the numeric date appears with the same numbers.

In the USA around 7,500 weddings are scheduled for 12.12.12, while on December 12, 2011, only 485 couples tied the knot. According to a recent research by wedding-dress maker David‘s Bridal, 43 percent of brides-to-be would rather get married on a “lucky” day. And as it happens, December 12, 2012 is a Wednesday, which means that getting married can cost less that any given Saturday or Sunday of the year.

The Times of India newspaper reports that mothers are lining up to have Cesarean Sections or induce labour on 12.12.12.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has declared December 12 “Anti-Doomsday Day”. Also, there is a slogan posted on the Society’s official website that says “take back the calendar”.

One second in time

Today, palindrome lovers will be delighted at the fact that at 1:21:02 am, they can celebrate the second which marks a date-time combination which can be read the same both backwards and forwards: 2012-12-12 1:21:02 = 201212-1-212102.

Another quite unique second will occur at 12:12:12 pm. At that specific second the number 12 will be repeated six times in electronic watches which will show Hour:12 Minute:12 Second: 12 Date: 12/12/12.