Thursday, September 10, 2009

09/09/09 at 9...For the number lovers...

What were you doing on 09/09/09 at 9 y'all? Me....returning home from school. Yes, I enrolled in just 1 class for the Fall semester. Oh by, the way, I received an A- in that torturous most heinous Statistics class I suffered through this summer. I guess the all-nighter paid off.

How about some interesting information about 09/09/09. I wanted to post this information sooner, but better late than never:

Did you have special plans for 09/09/09? Everyone from math teachers to movie studio execs celebrated the the calendrical anomaly in their own way. The rarity of this Sept. 9 wasn't lost on the creators of the iPod, who moved their traditional Tuesday release day to Wednesday to take advantage of the special date. Focus Features released their new film "9," an animated tale about the apocalypse, on the 9th. Not only does the date look good in marketing promotions, but it also represents the last set of repeating, single-digit dates that we'll see for almost a century (until January 1, 2101), or a millennium (mark your calendars for January 1, 3001), depending on how you want to count it.

Though technically there's nothing special about the symmetrical date, some concerned with the history and meaning of numbers ascribe powerful significance to 09/09/09. For cultures in which the number nine is lucky, Sept. 9 is anticipated - while others might see the date as an ominous warning.

As part of his obsession with numbers both mathematically and divine, and like many mathematicians before and since, Pythagoras noted that nine in particular had many unique properties. Any grade-schooler could tell you, for example, that the sum of the two-digits resulting from nine multiplied by any other single-digit number will equal nine. So 9x3=27, and 2+7=9.

Multiply nine by any two, three or four-digit number and the sums of those will also break down to nine. For example: 9x62 = 558; 5+5+8=18; 1+8=9.
Sept. 9 also happens to be the 252nd day of the year (2 + 5 +2)...

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz...I know.

1 comment:

  1. Um, I'm a total nerd, so this post was actually pretty fascinating.
    Wanna know something? I had a really nice evening with Beloved on 9-09-09. Maybe it's a start...
    I'm gonna go ahead and hope.


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