In case you missed it at lunch: 12/12/12 12:12:12 PM

Since the symmetry of today’s date and time will never happen again unless we start using Unix code.

The word “twelve” is the largest number with a single-morpheme name in English. Etymology suggests that “twelve” (similar to “eleven“) arises from the Germanic compound twalif “two-leftover”, so a literal translation would yield “two remaining [after having ten taken]“.[1] This compound meaning may have been transparent to speakers of Old English, but the modern form “twelve” is quite opaque. Only the remaining tw- hints thattwelve and two are related.

Last year our sister city Gloucester, England asked its citizens what were the 12 coolest buildings in their city and came up with a list. What would be on your list of 12 for our island?

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  • Our Ladies, city hall, high school, Tarr and Wonson’s Paint Factory, Birdseye Plant, Greasy Pole, Eastern Point Light, twin lights, house on the point by Good Harbor, Fitz Hugh Lane House

    There’s a list off the top of my head!!

    • A good list just short two. If we can include objects like greasy pole (I think we should) I would add the Babson Boulders. One more…
      By including the House on Good Harbor Beach I would say that includes the beach, the sunrise on the beach so we can’t add them.
      Last one, a Gloucester Schooner, specifically The Adventure.

  • Actually, it will happen again in 3012, 4012, etc, although none of us will be there to enjoy it.

    Normally, I would have considered 1000 years the same as never, until we went to Istanbul and saw Hagia Sophia, a huge structure used as various kinds of churches and now a museum, built and dedicated in the year 360!!

  • Paul, I enjoyed learning about “twelve”. As far as time, the concept to calculate is flawed anyway, ie:leap year, bending of light, etc . But why not Dec 12, 2112.

    • I really need to vette my posts more diligently as you are correct. In fact it kills all my wiggle room with the “never in my lifetime” as there are certainly some kids alive today that are going to make it to 2112. I am now changing my diet to include one modest martini each night made from Knockabout Gin and by doing so plan on joining them celebrating the next 12/12/12. I’ll be the wrinkled one mumbling in the corner with a Rubber Duck.

      “I’ll give you my Rubber Duck when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. ” ;-)

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