Today's date is 12-12-12.
OK, first the good news, 12-12-12 is not the date on which the world is scheduled to end. That will not be happening until a week from Friday, so breathe easy.
Frankly I'm getting tired of all these end-of-the-world deadlines. I mean this Mayan calendar event set for 12-21-12 is like the third major doomsday scenario in the last year and a half or so.
I don't know about anyone else, but I haven't given away a single possession this time, bought an expensive bottle of wine to go out on, or burned any bridges with family members, friends or bosses. Be just my luck if the world does end.
Before going any farther, if you haven't left already, don't go screaming to the local convenience store in your pajamas to buy a lottery ticket. So many people are going to play 121212 that even if it comes in you probably wouldn't even win your buck back.
Apparently, the number 12 is considered significant mathematically. What makes it so is that it can be evenly divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths. That noted, if this divisibility thing does not make the number significant, don't blame me, blame Google. I don't do math.
The number 12 pops up in all sorts of areas. We have the 12-month calendar, the 12 zones of the Zodiac, the 12 apostles, and, of course, the 12 days of Christmas, which will cost you over $100 grand this year in case you are looking for ideas. Did I mention that Tom Brady's number is 12?
As for the date Dec. 12 itself, historically nothing really huge has occurred.
Granted, the Supreme Court did hand down its decision in Bush vs. Gore on Dec. 12, 2000, but it can be debated that was more catastrophic than historic.
Closer to home, retiring Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is giving his last speech on the Senate floor today, which, depending on your politics, may be reason to hit the liquor store for a nice bottle of wine to watch him go out on.
People born on Dec. 12 include Frank Sinatra, Gustave Flubert, John Jay and Edward J. Robinson, all of whom are dead.
People who died on Dec. 12 include Robert Browning, Peter Boyle and Ike Turner, all of whom are also dead.
Celebrities born on Dec. 12 include Jennifer Connelly, Bob Barker, Dionne Warwick, and Cathy Rigby.
People returned on Dec. 12 after being kidnapped include Frank Sinatra Jr., which must have been a nice birthday present for Frank Sr.
In terms of the culture, many people are planing to get married today, having been convinced by the wedding industry that this will be a lucky day. Some expectant mothers are also hoping to deliver on this date, so the push is on.
The bottom line is that 12-12-12 is probably about as cool as a Dec. 12 as there is apt to be, and this sequence will not occur again for 100 years. Today is also be the last date when all three date numbers will be the same until Jan. 1, 2101.
So, enjoy this one … just in case.
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