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Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it dept.
mcgrew writes "The Chicago Tribune is pointing out that shortly after noon today, the time and date will be 12:34:56 7/8/9. The Trib points out that this happens only once or twice per century, although it actually happens twice on the day it happens in. Serious Cubs fans know the first night game at Wrigley Field was played on 8/8/88 — which just happens to be four sideways infinity symbols. I imagine you can make any day 'special' like this if you try hard enough."

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  • by tepples (727027) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .selppet.> on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @12:47PM (#28624255) Homepage Journal
    Converter [onlineconversion.com] says that UNIX time 1234567890 happened on 2009-02-13.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by process (447778)

      Well.

      As the summary states (RTFS?), this is not about epoch time. Also, that event was well covered earlier this yer when it [slashdot.org] occurred.

      • by tepples (727027)

        Also, that event was well covered earlier this yer

        Thanks for digging that one up.

  • for us in Europe (rest of the world?) you insensitive clod.

    But we'll be there in a month!

    Although I'm biased, I've always thought it makes more sense to order dates with the more precise digit first. (DD/MM/YY).

    For chronologically sorting dates represented as integers I guess YYYYMMDD would be handy.

    • by topnob (1195249)
      Yeah that's what I thought! :D
    • Phew, for a second there I thought I had over slept through to August.
    • Anything except YYYY-MM-DD makes little to no sense, so if you wanna use MM/YY/DD or what not, they are all equally good, really. Just about everything is sorted biggest first... there are 24 hours in a day, not 42... biggest digit first. Time is not 59:59:23 just before midnight, etc.
  • No...of course the Chicago Tribune wouldn't even acknowledge the ISO date standard.

    What does "7/8/9" refer to exactly? Anything you want really. Heaven forbid you have to decode months latter. You could very well mis-categorize an accounting journal entry very easily by getting the date wrong!

    People...there is enough confusion in the world...One of the first things I do in setting up a computer is to force the display to show 24h date format and obliterate the mm/dd/yy format. D*$n you Bill Gates for prolif

    • In America we order MM/dd/yyyy. Why, I don't know, but we do. So have your magical time celebration on August 7. Maybe we'll celebrate then, too. Notice the summary also states it happens twice today...That's the whole "America and their lousy AM/PM crap" thing. Like our date format it also leaves some ambiguity.
      • 07-08-09 was almost two years ago... bit late too complain about it, tbh. The slash format is a catastrophy in all it forms, so everyone celebrate your own date and enjoy. :)
  • The movie [cracked.com] looks great...
  • The date is 2009-Aug-9... so 12:34:56 7-8-9 actually happened two years ago today.

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