A Serial Second


This has no political content, it's just kind of fun. I may stay up and toast the precise moment:

On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00
in the morning, the time and date will be: 01:02:03 04/05/06.

That won't ever happen again.

Though there is May 6 next year, 3601 seconds later (and so on).

Addendum: OK, I obviously wasn't thinking very hard when I posted this, since as multiple commenters observe, far from being something that "won't ever happen again," as the original poster suggests, it'll happen every hundred years. If I can get some of those nanobots Ron Bailey keeps talking about, maybe I'll be around to toast the next one. Bar that, I'll hang on for 1:01:23 on May 8, 2013 and toast Leonardo Fibonacci.

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  1. …except that it will happen again, in 100 years.

  2. It will also happen in about a month overseas where most, if not all, countries use the DD/MM/YY format.

  3. Not just overseas. Up here in the Great White North, too.

  4. In a couple of months I’m sure someone will note that it is either Satanically 06/06/06, or a doubly Satanical 6:06:06 06/06/06. 😮

    Go to church that day, superstitious boys and girls.

  5. Doesn’t the same sequence occur in 2106, 2206 . . . etc?

  6. No political content, no math, not even a part of a fibbinoci series. Just the first six positive reals greater than zero.

    Colulda just saved the electrons.


    Aren’t you sposed to do something with virgins or the wh*re of Babylon or something on a day like that. I’ll take the Babylon girl. Sounds like fun.

  7. And since I’m not on military time, I’ll be happy to celebrate after 1 in the afternoon.

  8. Happyjuggler0 —

    The producers of the upcoming “Omen” remake already noted that, and that’s when they’re releasing their movie.

  9. Why won’t it happen 12 hours later, at 1:02:03 PM?

  10. Julian Sanchez has gone back into time when Jesus was 6 (I know it ain’t accurate). And apparently he told him there would be no second coming.

  11. For some reason, this post makes me think of “In the Year 2525.”

  12. “In a couple of months I’m sure someone will note that it is either Satanically 06/06/06, or a doubly Satanical 6:06:06 06/06/06.”

    It’s triply Satanic — Ann Coulter’s new book is being released that day (I kid you not).

  13. Karen – because that would be 13:02:03 04/05/06

  14. Every death metal band on the planet plans on releasing an album on 06/06/06. I think the Omen remake comes out that day as well.
    Perhaps the Amazon promotions people will take advantage of it.
    “Save $9 when you order Ann Coulter’s book and Crucifixion of the Blood Whore by My Obsidian Torment.”

  15. I agree with mickeyj – that sequence happens every 100 years as long as the time and date nomenclature stands.

  16. The mark of the antichrist is 060606?
    Damien will require a larger scalp.

  17. SmokingPenguin, HH:MI:SS MM/DD/YY is a sensible format, but duodecimal time is just too wacky?

  18. A year is way more than 3601 seconds. There are 3600 seconds in an hour, 86400 in a day, and so on.

  19. I think Julian meant that it would be 3601 seconds later in the day, plus a year, a month and a day.

    But 3601 is wrong too. It should be 3661 seconds, plus a year, a month and a day to make 02:03:04 05/06/07.

  20. If this is noteworthy, shouldn’t we also take note at 12:34 05/06/07 ?

  21. For Chrissake, don’t point out the 06/06/06 reference to GWB. He might decide that’s a good date to start the air campaign against Iraq . . .what with those imminent end times and all. Now if you wanted to start an air campaign on all bookstores stocking Coulter’s latest bit of tripe. . .

  22. Jeez, recognizing patterns in arbitrary counting systems; how utterly unimportant.

  23. I meant Iran. But Iran, Iraq, all the same in the War on Terrurrism.

  24. HH:MI:SS MM/DD/YY is a sensible format, but duodecimal time is just too wacky?

    ISO, if you’d upgraded to the 9000 standard, you’d understand…

    Actually, you’re right. If you’re going to be silly enough to get excited by something like this, you should be flexible as to how you interpret it.

  25. When we get near the year 2525, that’s when I’ll start worrying.

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