12 December 2012

It's 12/12/12


What is 12/12/12?

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Time, space, and doom. What does it all mean? And Day 12/12/xxbirthdays. And, no doubt, there will be a few people getting married on that date.

The meaning of 12 12 12

Birthday 12/12/12. This page is here for folks born on December 12, ie, 12/12/xx, and for folks interested in the date singularity, 12.12.12. This is as the 10/10/10 (600+ comments) page and the 11/11/11(1,000+ comments) page. Although there are doom-related references here, the full doomsday treatment is reserved for the 12/21/12 page.

12-12-12; Wednesday, December 12, 2012: A Mathematical and Societal Overview of the Number 12

The number 12 is a unique, interesting, and very useful number. The unique usefulness of the number 12 has been recognized by mathematicians, scientists, meta-physicists, and society in general since the beginning of recorded human history.

The usefulness of this number derives from its divisibility. There are relatively few small numbers that can be evenly divided into so many subsets. The number 12 can be evenly divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths. Multiples of 12, by definition, retain this divisibility.

The inherent divisibility is the reason that the number 12, and its multiplies, are so intertwined into our society. We use it here, there, and everywhere for our time logistics. We use it here, there, and everywhere for our space logistics.We use it here, there, and everywhere for other stuff as well.

12/12/12 (aka 12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Time

The 12 Month Calendar

The general consensus is that the Egyptians came up with the first 12 month calendar. The Romans later modified it, but retained the 12 month format. Both cultures abandoned any attempt to match the calendar with the lunar cycle; all emphasis was placed on the solar cycle.

The innate attribute of 12 months being evenly divisible into quarters and halves has been in use ever since. The term “bimonthly“ is used to define both “once-every-two-months” and “twice-a-month”.

There are no worldwide legal or official designations as to when the 4 seasons start and end. Different cultures and locations have their own designations.
The 2 x 12 = 24 Hour Clock

The division of the day into 24 (2*12) increments (hours) has been in existence since the beginning of timekeeping. Followed by the designation of minutes (1/(5*12)) which equals 1/60 which equals 1 minute. Followed by seconds (1/(5*12)) which equals 1/60 which equals 1 second.

12:00 AM versus 12:00 PM

The best way to remember which is which is to think of 12 as 0; i.e. the beginning of the time period, not the ending. Thus, 12:00 AM is 00.00 AM; which is the middle of the night and the beginning of a new day. Conversely, 12:00 PM and 12:01 PM is 00:00 PM and 00:01 PM which is the beginning of the afternoon. 12:00 AM is the start of the new day; 12:00 PM is noon and the start of the afternoon.

121212: There are three possible outcomes as to when Day 12/12/12 comes around:

1. Something good happens on 12.12.12 — The number 12 has been “good to us”. It helps us in our daily lives and in the functioning of our society. The number 12 can even be interpreted as a gift and positive message from our distant past. Though there is no scientific basis for the belief, and no known logical premise for the belief; it is possible that something good will happen on a global scale on this date. We don’t know everything; the probability is not zero.

2. Nothing happens on 12.12.12 — This is the most likely scenario. An unusual date number sequence doesn’t automatically mean that something unusual will happen on a global scale. Usually it’s a non-event.

3. Something bad happens on 12.12.12 — Unlike other unusual sequence number dates, December 2012 is replete with historical references indicating that something bad will happen. The number 12 has many times been interpreted as a warning from our past to our future. Between the Mayan calendar and the astronomical events of this time period, doomsday predictions abound. There is presumably no scientific basis for these beliefs. There are presumably no known logical premises for these beliefs. However, these beliefs may not necessarily be false. The probability is not zero.

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