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07/08/09 a date to watch for, but there's more...

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by IMiteBable2help, Apr 30, 2009.

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  1. IMiteBable2help

    IMiteBable2help Thread Starter

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    OK, so you all get it, that the date is in numerical sequence. Big deal. Right?

    But there's more:

    At five minutes and six seconds after 4 AM on the

    8th of July this year, the time and date will be

    04:05:06 07/08/09 .

    This of course, will never happen again.

    Kinda cool.
     
  2. LuckyStrike

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    When your odometer nears 99,999 be sure to keep your eyes on the road. Wouldn't want you to rear-end someone.:)
     
  3. Knotbored

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    ummm-how about next year at:
    5:06:07 08/09/10 looks to me there is that "majik" number every year
     
  4. oil painter

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    At the start of every century you can find the same sequence every year from the years 05 to 13, but after the year 2013 it can't happen until 2105, because the months only go to 12.

    You are both wrong It will come again and it won't come every year
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  5. RootbeaR

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    You sure that isn't August 7th
     
  6. IMiteBable2help

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    @ oil painter: I didn't mean there would never be sequential numbers again. But that particular sequence won't happen again because obviously, that date will never come again.

    @rootbear: Not sure what you're talking about. What does August 7th have to do with any of this?
     
  7. Frank4d

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    I invited my wife to join me in driving to the convenience store when my odometer turned 100,000 but she didn't want to. She said it was an unimportant event. :(

    I suspect she would have if it had been a trip to Macy's or Nordstrom's.
     
  8. oil painter

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    You never said that in your post and Oh yes that particular sequence will show up in 2109, and 2209 and 2309 in fact every 100 years. You and I will not be around to see it but it will come again

    After rootbear pointed it out I did notice you had the wrong month. August is the 8th month
     
  9. IMiteBable2help

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    Correct. August is the 8th month. I think I understand now. You are thinking that it is written as day/month/year. It's rare to find a date written that way in the U.S.A. unless you're military or other Govt. agency. In this case it's written as month/day/year = July/8th/2009 and that's how we read those numbers "by default". I was raised saying the date is "July 8th, 2009". I don't say it's the "8th of July, 2009". Make sense?

    @ oil painter. You are also absolutely correct about it happening every 100 years. I didn't even think about that. I just copied text that said "this will never happen again". Even so, it's rare enough that I thought it was kinda cool. I still remember when it was 9/9/99 and that was kind of a big deal. (It's also acceptable here to write the month and day without preceding zeros). Come to think of it, this September the time and date will be 09:09:09 09/09/09.

    OK so maybe it's not that big a deal, and Frank4d: Your wife is right. That "event" as you call it is unimportant. So is the one that started this thread. It's just trivial. Always remember that, and don't forget to tell her she's right, as often as you can, even if she's wrong. I had a 1975 Dodge Dart that reached 100,000 original miles in 1999 and coincidentally, it happened just as I was crossing the OR/WA state line. I thought it was a big deal, but looking back, who cares.

    But anyway, this has all given us something to talk about, however unimportant it may be.

    @ oil painter: You seem to be good at dates and such so I'll ask you, how many days from 04:05:06 07/08/09 will it happen again?
     
  10. pyritechips

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    Americans are weird.

    They write dates as month/date/year when it is supposed to be date/moth/year. For example the terrorist attacks should be 11/9, not 9/11. :rolleyes:
     
  11. oil painter

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    I never thought about that even though I've heard 9/11 often. It is easier to say than 11/9.

    I guess it's just the difference in cultures that we put the date before the month and Americans do the opposite. In this case though when you are going from seconds to year the date should come before the month as a logical progression.
     
  12. IMiteBable2help

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    I agree even though I was born and raised here. Things are a bit backwards. I think the day/month/year format makes way more sense, and a 24hr clock does too. To avoid confusion, Govt. here uses the "correct" formats and since my private employer has to answer to the USDA, they also use the "correct" format. I also think that the metric system makes more sense. It would not be a big leap to go metric. Our money already is a metric type system,(units of 100) so It's already been learned.

    You would have to know U.S. history well in order to understand the way we do these things, but in short, it's because the U.S. was born out of rebellion, and that attitude carried over. These things are different here out of rebellion to European influence. In the interest of competing in a world economy/Scientific community the schools here are now teaching metric as early as grade school (1st - 6th) I had never heard of a metric system until science class in high school.(1980's)
     
  13. twinofangelize56

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    And here I thought I was the only one who watched the odometer turn over at certain numbers. :D
     
  14. oil painter

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    We always had the imperial system--which is a bit different from yours but mostly the same.

    In 1970 we began to gradually switch to the metric system. It was touted as being better for trade, because all of Europe is metric.

    Kids who learned it in school think in metric but us older folks tend to do a lot of converting. For instance I know that 450 grams is a pound and a meter of fabric is almost 40 inches. and 10 centimeters is 2 inches.

    Funny thing though most food recipes remain in cups and teaspoons. They tried to change that too but it didn't fly. So you might say we are officially a metric country we are not totally and I don't think that will change in the future.

    I know this is off topic but I threw it in anyway
     
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