The TV made much of it this morning: watch your clock for the magic moment of 7:08:09, when the pretty numbers all line up and count! OoooooooEEEEEooooooooo!
Yeah, right; and if you're Japanese, it will count down in November instead, '12/11/10, 09:08:07 -- and does p.m. count, too?
People like me will just have to wait for the 10th of next month, too and get out our 24-hour clocks: yes, the magic magicks (it does?) on 10 XI '12 at 1314:15.
...As a teenager working in radio, I was always fascinated when the nixie clock in the FM automation hit 05:55:55, but these are all arbitrary numbers, come our way courtesy of Babylonian astronomers, Roman emperors, Popes and British navigators; and if you're in Indiana, today's moment of woooo hits about an hour ahead of local solar time anyhow (wait 'til November, when we show that mean ol' Sun who's boss and race two hours ahead!). Sometimes I suspect the TV people of deliberately attempting to inculcate superstition in the viewing public; then I realize they're quite serious about putting chicken bones through their noses, if less so about the Deep Meaning of it all. That, they leave for the passive, receptive blobs on the other side of the screen and there's nothing we can do about them.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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