Q: Do you realize tomorrow is 12-12-12?
A: As the caller pointed out, today is Dec. 12, 2012, making the date 12-12-12.
This anomaly is the type of thing we likely won’t see again in our lifetime, although it also is the 12th time in the past 12 years we’ve seen it.
It started with New Year’s Day 2001, which was 01-01-01. The next year, Feb. 2, 2002, was 02-02-02, and so forth.
The next time we’ll have a date like this is Jan. 1, 2101 — which will be 01-01-01. By then many of us will not be around to see it and maybe, just maybe, the Patton Island Corridor will have been completed.
A recent USA Today article calls today “the last alliteration date of the century” and mentions various things going on to commemorate the day.
Apparently, there are many people nationwide planning marriages today to mark the date.
The article states the county clerk office in Los Angeles has had expanded hours and allowed people to apply online for marriage licenses to meet the additional demand.
According to the story, the American Academy of Wedding Planners is calling today the “wedding event of the century.”
In Fort Myers Beach, Fla., you can get an individualized wedding ceremony, marriage license and entrance to a day-long festival for $500, the story states. For many, the goal is to get married at 12:12 p.m., the story states.
More than 65,000 couples got married on July 7, 2007, or 07-07-07, the story states. It didn’t hurt that the date fell on a Saturday.
The USA Today report also points out a tweet from @Jin Campbell, who wrote, “At 12 mins, 12 secs after 12 o’clock on Dec 12th, the time will be 12:12:12,12/12/12.”
By the way, if you’re reading this too late to catch that moment, there is another chance in 2013 to enjoy a unique date. That will come on Nov. 12, when the date will be 11-12-13.
In fact, if you time it out just right, at 9 minutes, 10 seconds after 8 a.m. (and 8 p.m.) on Nov. 12, the time and date will be 8-9-10-11-12-13.
Staff Writer Bernie Delinski writes Just Ask, which runs Wednesdays in the TimesDaily. If you’ve got a question, e-mail it to bernie.delinski@TimesDaily.com, call him at 256-740-5739, fax it to 256-740-4717 or send it to Just Ask, c/o TimesDaily, P.O. Box 797, Florence, AL 35631.