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June 6th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Auspicious Dates and Times ... or not

Let us use the occasion of 6 June to debunk something OFTEN seen in the popular press, ie the supposed auspiciousness (auspiciosity?) of times like 6:06 on days like 6/6.

The problem is that clocks are numbered "cardinally" (if there is such an adverb) and dates are numbered "ordinally". That is, dates like 6/6 describe the sixTH day of the sixTH month and occur after 5 months and 5 days have passed.

Times like 6:06 (let's make it AM, to keep it easy) are like cardinal numbers and describe a time after 6 hours and 6 minutes have passed.

So if there is an auspicious time for something to happen on 6/6, it would be 5:05, not 6:06.

Of course, there is no scientific or mathematical content of value to auspicious times anyway, but this stuff has long irritated me.

Yes, I DO feel better now ...
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