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    Something for you insomniacs to do tonight

    Stay Up Late and See Something Odd
    By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
    Tue Apr 4, 12:17 PM ET



    WASHINGTON - Call it a coincidental sign of our digital times or a reason to stay up late and stare at the clock. Either way, early Wednesday morning the time and date will be 01-02-03-04-05-06.


    At 1:02 a.m. and three seconds on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, it will be the first hour of the day, the second minute of the hour, the third second of that precious minute in the fourth month and the fifth day of ... uh oh. It's not really the sixth year.

    It's actually 2006 only in our shorthand is it '06.

    "It just happens to be a chronological oddity," said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory, an official world atomic clock timekeeper. "If you were to use the full year, that would screw things up completely. You do have to bend it a little if you want to make it work. That's what you call 'Finagle's Law of Best Fit'."

    Even numerologists, such as Rob Ragozzine, who runs the SimplyNumbers.com web site, dismiss the 1-2-3-4-5-6 moment as merely "a neat coincidence" because of that pesky 2006 thing.

    "People are interested in numbers," said Jack Horkheimer, 67-year-old host of the Star Gazer public television show and executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. "Would I stay up all night waiting for it? Ten years ago, I would have had a party. Now, I will probably be deep in the arms of sleep."

    There are less bleary-eyed alternatives. There's 1:02 p.m., but Horkheimer said that's really 13:02 p.m. and doesn't really count.

    Chester recommends celebrating universal time, the standard scientific time, which is four hours ahead of eastern daylight time. So 01-02-03-04-05-06 can be celebrated at 9:02 p.m. EDT by calling up the U.S. Naval Observatory's "master clock" then and waiting for the universal time pronouncement, he said. That number is 202-762-1401.

    The clock is also on the web at: http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/what1.html.

    For much of the world, especially Europe, this odd line-up of numbers doesn't really happen until next month. That's because many countries put the number of the day first, then the number of the month. So for many places, 01-02-03-04-05-06 happens at 1:02 a.m. May 4

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    Re: Something for you insomniacs to do tonight

    Thanks for posting that wonderful article, HU... there's 30 seconds of my life I'll never get back!

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    Re: Something for you insomniacs to do tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Thanks for posting that wonderful article, HU... there's 30 seconds of my life I'll never get back!
    But it'll all be worth it when your staring at your digital clock in a few hours.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Something for you insomniacs to do tonight

    HUb's posting lots of valuable information with those 5000 posts as you can see from this thread.:moon:

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    Re: Something for you insomniacs to do tonight

    Sheesh I might be up that late watching the Braves game.
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