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Repeating numbers

Tomorrow is 11/11/11. I’m as fascinated as anyone by this fact. A bunch of people are getting married on that date. Is it that they consider it particularly lucky, or is it that they just want to make sure they don’t forget their anniversaries? Or maybe it’s that it’s a peculiar phenomenon that takes place 12 times in the beginning of the century, then not at all for 88 years, that they wish to embrace.

The movie being released on that date with that name is being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV); to say that I’ll never see it is a gross underexaggeration.

The repeated number phenomenon is much more interesting to me than the sequential system – 09/10/11, e.g. It’s because the latter is not universal. In the United States, that’d be September 10, but in the most of the rest of the world, it’s October 9.
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A Perfect Ten


Twelve times a century, indeed, the first 12 years in the century, there will be a day when the day, month, and year all line up, then nothing for the following 88 years. But 10 is the only round number, and round numbers seem to have a certain panache in the culture.

Maybe it’s because we have fingers and ten toes, which (eventually) led us to use the decimal system, thanks to the number zero.

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