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Postby knapplc » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:48 pm

What are you doing at 1:02:03 AM tonight?

WASHINGTON - Call it a coincidental sign of our digital times or a reason to stay up late and stare at the clock. Either way, early Wednesday morning the time and date will be 01-02-03-04-05-06.

At 1:02 a.m. and three seconds on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, it will be the first hour of the day, the second minute of the hour, the third second of that precious minute in the fourth month and the fifth day of ... uh oh. It's not really the sixth year.

It's actually 2006 — only in our shorthand is it '06.

"It just happens to be a chronological oddity," said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory, an official world atomic clock timekeeper. "If you were to use the full year, that would screw things up completely. You do have to bend it a little if you want to make it work. That's what you call 'Finagle's Law of Best Fit'."

Even numerologists, such as Rob Ragozzine, who runs the SimplyNumbers.com web site, dismiss the 1-2-3-4-5-6 moment as merely "a neat coincidence" because of that pesky 2006 thing.

"People are interested in numbers," said Jack Horkheimer, 67-year-old host of the Star Gazer public television show and executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. "Would I stay up all night waiting for it? Ten years ago, I would have had a party. Now, I will probably be deep in the arms of sleep."

There are less bleary-eyed alternatives. There's 1:02 p.m., but Horkheimer said that's really 13:02 p.m. and doesn't really count.

Chester recommends celebrating universal time, the standard scientific time, which is four hours ahead of eastern daylight time. So 01-02-03-04-05-06 can be celebrated at 9:02 p.m. EDT by calling up the U.S. Naval Observatory's "master clock" then and waiting for the universal time pronouncement, he said. That number is 202-762-1401.

The clock is also on the web at: http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/what1.html.

For much of the world, especially Europe, this odd line-up of numbers doesn't really happen until next month. That's because many countries put the number of the day first, then the number of the month. So for many places, 01-02-03-04-05-06 happens at 1:02 a.m. May 4.
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Postby logan » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:50 pm

and on the same night as lost. coincidence? i think not.





i'll probably be up but only because i may still be playing WoW. if not i will be asleep.
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Postby mutantseabass » Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:52 pm

Is this the end of the world? I need to go get beer now.
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Postby VaderFin » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:00 pm

mutantseabass wrote:Is this the end of the world? I need to go get beer now.



No, that was Y2K. :-b
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Postby mutantseabass » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:54 pm

VaderFin wrote:
mutantseabass wrote:Is this the end of the world? I need to go get beer now.



No, that was Y2K. :-b



LOL.....I still need beer.
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Postby Flockers » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:55 pm

I don't get it. What's supposed to happen?
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Postby logan » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:59 pm

mutantseabass wrote:
VaderFin wrote:
mutantseabass wrote:Is this the end of the world? I need to go get beer now.



No, that was Y2K. :-b



LOL.....I still need beer.


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Postby Manja » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:51 pm

Peanuts, too.
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Postby knapplc » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:06 pm

Flockers wrote:I don't get it. What's supposed to happen?


Nothing will "happen." It's just a coincidental alignment of numbers. It's unique because it doesn't happen very often.
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Postby sPoRtZsTuD2318 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:07 pm

logan wrote:and on the same night as lost. coincidence? i think not.





i'll probably be up but only because i may still be playing WoW. if not i will be asleep.


Give me you're steam account.. ;-)


I'm up till about 12 on school nights.. playing dota or cs..

Non-school nights.. ohh boy. I hardly get any sleep. -.-
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