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Today is 12-12-12!

Today is 12-12-12!

Today is the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the millennium, or 12-12-12.

Because there are only 12 months in a year, it is also the last repetitive date we will see in our century. Over the last 12 years, we’ve seen 11 prior repetitive dates, starting with 01-01-01 up through last year’s 11-11-11, particularly interesting because it featured not only three repetitive numbers, but six of the exact same numeral, a combination that is possible only once per century.

It’s always fun when dates make an interesting numerical pattern. Repetitive dates are one possible combination, but certainly not the only one. For instance, in a little less than a year, it will be 11-12-13. Like repetitive dates, we’ve had one of those each year for most of this century, too, starting with 01-02-03. Also like the repetitive dates, these patterns will soon come to an end; 12-13-14, two years from tomorrow, will be the last one for another 100 years.

That doesn’t mean the numerical fun is over, though. There will still be palindrome dates, which look the same forward and backwards. There are a total of 12 palindrome dates in the 21st Century, and so far we’ve only seen three of them:

October 2, 2001 (10022001)
January 2, 2010 (01022010)
November 2, 2011 (11022011)
February 2, 2020 (02022020)
December 2, 2021 (12022021)
March 2, 2030 (03022030)
April 2, 2040 (04022040)
May 2, 2050 (05022050)
June 2, 2060 (06022060)
July 2, 2070 (07022070)
August 2, 2080 (08022080)
September 2, 2090 (09022090)

Some people like to attribute magical significance to these dates, including claims that you can make a wish today at 12:12 p.m. Some also cite today as the day the Mayan calendar ends, though that day is actually 12-21-12. Others have dubbed today “Soundcheck day,” a play on the fact that musicians testing their microphones often say “One two one two one two …”

How do you plan to spend 12-12-12? And what other interesting dates can you think of?

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