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June 6th, 2012, 04:25 PM  #1 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1,579 Thanks: 22  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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