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12/12/12 conjecture feeds Mayan prediction musings

Do you have any idea what today is?

Sure, almost everyone thinks it’s simply Dec. 12, 2012, but it’s so much more significant than that. Take a moment and write it out.


Before you dismissively say “so what” as if it’s nothing more than a promotion for the place where Kent Dana’s kid works, just do a little research.

The academic professionals have calculated that the next time all of the digits on a calendar date will be the same is Jan. 1, 3001. That’s almost 989 years from now.

Coincidentally, it is also the date when both the Cardinals and the Suns are scheduled to win a game.

All of this conjecture brings to mind the so-called Mayan prediction of the end of the world taking place on Dec. 21 of this year. I think all that stuff is rubbish.

However, I will admit that I haven’t gotten a birthday present for my wife yet, born on Dec. 23. If I totally forget, of course, that will be the end of my world.

So maybe the Mayans were right, at least the ones that were married to Irish girls.

I’m Pat McMahon.