Today is October 10th, 2010, making the abbreviated notation for the date something quite special. Well, if not special it’s at least a pattern. And if there’s one thing that the human race likes, it’s patterns.
So what’s in a date? Well, nothing significant appears to have happened in the next purest form of the date, October 10th, 1010. It was the dark ages. And it’s a pretty good bet that nothing all that significant will happen today.
So why is everybody so excited?
- In binary, 101010 is the number 42.
- 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.
- So maybe some Vogon spaceships are going to show up and destroy the planet before the Question can be properly formatted.
- Patterns. Everybody likes the number 10. We count in base 10, we’ve got multiple body parts that adhere to a strict set of 10, and we like top 10 lists.
In conclusion: Go read some Power Grids, and join us next year for 11/11/11.
Also known as Veterans Day, 2011. Patterns, people.
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