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Here's Why the Next Triple-Number Date Will Actually Arrive in 3001

Or is it Jan. 1, 2101? Dec. 21 may make it all not matter much.

Today is Dec. 12, 2012. 12-12-12. 

So when is the next time the dates are lined up like this?

Depends on how you look at it. We posed the question on Edmonds Patch, and readers agreed it would be Jan. 1, 2101. 1-1-01. 

But some say that's not right. It's actually Jan. 1, 3101. That's 1-1-01, as well. What's the difference?

Well, Jan. 1, 2101, can be read as 1-1-101. And Jan. 1, 3001, can be read as 1-1-001. It's kinda like the whole was 2001 the first year of the new century or was it 2000. (2001, I guess, but 2000 just seemed right.)

Whatever. Those of you around in 89 years will still be able to go with 1-1-1. And if any of you are around for 3001, please let us know here at Patch.

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, what's your opinion on the next time the dates are lined up? Let us know here in the Comments section or on Edmonds Patch's Facebook page.

(Of course, all of this is moot if the world ends on 12-21-12. Snap.)

Larry Lewis December 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I'm as much a sucker for amusing coincidence and numbery stuff as the next guy. I noticed something a few years ago no one else seems to have seen- a doubling sequence: 01/02/04/ 08:16:32 The same thing happened decades ago: 01:02:04 08/16/32. A lesser one happened a few years later: 02/04/08 16:32 (<- that's military time). 12/24/48 has happened and will again. 01:10:01 10/01/10 is already gone. There's a milion of 'em.
Brian Soergel December 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Larry: That is good stuff!

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