Wednesday, December 12, 2012


12-12-12 - Welcome to December 12, 2012, which is either lucky or the end of the world as we know it. Today's date, 12/12/12, is considered auspicious by some, doomed by others, and just plain easy to remember by many. The number certainly holds significance in human existence throughout history—a fact of which there is indisputable evidence:

Apart from there being 12 hours of day and night, and 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar, there 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 Old Testament prophets, etc.

Some say the day symbolizes love, others completeness or fulfillment.

The New York Times wrote that many couples consider it lucky to get married on repetitive dates, with 07-07-07, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 each breaking Las Vegas records.

Mmany doomsdayers believe the date 12/12/12 heralds the end of the world—mainly owing to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar. More pedantic believers in the end-of-the-world, meantime, are convinced that the actual doomsday is on 12/21/12—when the Mayan calendar is set to end.

Mathematics fanatics are excited by the sheer number of ways the number 12 can be divided: halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths.

The number 12 brings harmony to the yin and yang of Chinese numerology: The number 1 is a yang number ruled by the Sun, while 2 is a yin number ruled by the Moon.

Numerology experts say 12 — considered a "three" number because the digits add up to three — corresponds with the largest planet, Jupiter (to the Sun's No. 1 and the Moon's No. 2), which means wealth.

Well, there you have it!

Laura Is Mirthful - Laura sent me this photograph of herself. She took it in response to my forwarding to her an invoice for a chain I ordered for her. She is pleased!