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Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Random | 5 comments

It’s 04:05:06 on 07/08/09

Not sure if this is going to work or not, but there was no way I was going to be awake to make it happen. 040506070809If the WordPress “Scheduled Post” thing works, then this post should appear at precisely 04:05:06 on the 07/08/09! The numerically sequential date thing occurs assuming that you record dates using European standards (dd/mm/yy) as opposed to American standards (mm/dd/yy).

If you, like me, slept through this triviality, a little after 12:30 this afternoon, it will be 12:34:56-7/8/9. Admittedly, this is a little more contrived than the morning event though, but you could mark the moment anyway. And con your co-workers into thinking how clever and observant you are.

These time and date sequences are fairly common, so some become more noteworthy than others. Next month we’ll have 09:09:09 09/09/09 for instance. What are highly unusual are true palindromic date sequences. The last one was the 20th of February in 2002 = 20022002. The next, and (last one ever) will be the 30th of March in 3003 = 30033003. Mind you, by that time dates and times as we know them now would probably be fairly meaningless. It’ll be something like Stardate 3870.89-b12.

Can you think of any other notable date and/or time strings?

[Thanks to Don for the heads up. A mine of useful info you are!]


  1. Okay, so it seems as if it did work, BUT….

    Subscribers seem to have received a multitude of post notification messages in their in-boxes this morning. My sincere apologies for this, if it happened to you. Will have to try and figure out what went wrong with this post!

    Happy days 🙂

  2. Nice one! It worked, and spammed me mega!

  3. Mega sorry Kevin! Definitely didn't mean to turn into a mega spammer – looks like the notification message got stuck in a weird loop for about an hour and sent out 9 identical messages.

    Again, if this happened to you, sincerest apologies. Whilst the intent behind the scheduled post worked as planned, the execution left a lot to be desired! Clearly something we won't be doing again in a hurry.

  4. I slept through this one and will no doubt be sleeping through the 3003 one as well. 🙂

    • 🙂 @ MM! Cryogenically saving yourself?

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