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Seattle Mariner's Math

On the July 7th television broadcast of the Seattle Mariners baseball game, the AFLAC question was: "What numerical event will be celebrated just after noon tomorrow?"

The announcers chuckled...not about the question, but because they were supposed to do some mathematics! One said something to the effect of his lack of understanding of algebra.

So what was the answer...which the announcers actual guessed: "That a little bit after 12:00 noon the next day the time/date would be 12:34:56 7/8/9."

Now is this something to celebrate? For example, do you write the year on your checks as "9"?

Then I was sent this note: At five minutes and six seconds after 4 AM on the 8th of July this year, the time and date will be 04:05:06 07/08/09. This will never happen again." Those last words bothered me, as won't people in the years 2109, 2209, etc. be playing the same numerical game?

Sometimes we get swept away in our celebration of special numerical days, perhaps spurred on by the excitement of Pi-Day on 3/14.

See the humor page for this week to learn other pending days to celebrate mathematically.