Twelve twelve twelve

by Blair
Publish date
12 December 2012
Comments (12)

Everyone’s talking today about it being the 12th of December 2012. Or in brief, 12/12/12. You don’t have to be a mathematician, statistician or biometrician to like it when dates align into cool patterns.

pair of silver sandals Shoes for a 12/12 party! The donor, Christabel Mattingley, wore these at her wedding on 12 December 1953. (SH 940382)
Source: Museum Victoria

I discovered that we have a staff member with a birthday today. That probably doesn’t sound too special because if you remember anything from first year statistics at uni, you'll know it only takes a room of 20 or 30 people to have a pretty high chance of two of them having the same birthday (see the birthday problem on Wikipedia if you like probability theory).

Postcard showing men with telescope Gents from the Royal Society of Victoria setting up their 12" reflectro telescope at Cape York to observe the solar eclipse of 12 December 1871. This is one of ten postcards printed to mark the occasion. (MM 98903)
Source: Museum Victoria

But it gets better. The person whose birthday it is today here, is turning 12 plus 12 plus 12 years old. Now that is cool: turning 12+12+12 on the 12/12/12! I’m not sure whether or not this means the person will self-destruct with all those twelves. Whatever it means, today is the last time this century that the day, month and year will align in numbers, which seemed reason enough to write a blog post celebrating this auspicious date, and to publish it at exactly 12:12 PM. 

Cover of menu with picture of ancient ruin Cover of the lunch menu served on 12 December 1951 on board the MN Neptunia. The passengers feasted on soups, hot and cold mains, side dishes, dessert, fruit, cheese and coffee. (HT 1556)
Source: Museum Victoria

Comments (12)

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Kate 12 December, 2012 14:41
Happy 12+12+12 birthday N!
January 12 December, 2012 15:38
Good one Blair! Love the creativity.
Blair 12 December, 2012 17:10
Kate, I was trying to leave it anonymous. Now everyone will know who it is because the name begins with "N" ;) ... Nathan, Nick, Nancy ...
Lee-Anne 12 December, 2012 17:21
Does anyone else see an AT-AT Walker or a quadrupedal mammoth like creature in that lunch menu pic?
Blair 13 December, 2012 11:48
I only see a giant shopping trolley on stilts.
Kate C 13 December, 2012 11:56
Us folks in webteam spotted that likeness just the other day!
Nicole 13 December, 2012 09:33
I love that this special day was recognised on the MV Blog! (even if I didn't see it until today). It would have been even cooler if your online publishing system displayed the exact time of your cool post.
Blair 13 December, 2012 11:46
Yeah and imagine if it were at 12:12 and 12 seconds - that would top it off nicely.
Johnny 14 December, 2012 10:11
And don't forget, 12/12/12 is exactly 6 years, 6 months and 6 days from June 6, 2006!
Blair 14 December, 2012 14:40
Susan 28 December, 2012 11:37
Our youngest son, Zebedee turned 8 on 12/12/12 and we had a celebration at his school with cup cakes and hilarity at 12 seconds past 12 minutes past 12noon. It was a hoot! Very special.
K Green 30 June, 2013 00:58
Great post Blair! My highlight of 12/12/12 was finding and purchasing a DVD I'd been trying to find for over a year.
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