Monday, April 03, 2006

Officially hitting bottom

So we're pretty much stuck for blogging material today, but not as stuck as Andrew Sullivan who fills space with the following:

A reader informs me that on Wednesday of next week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. It will not happen again for a thousand years.

Oh yeah? Well first of all, it's this week. And then there seems to a few of these readers, one of whom informed the National Review's Jonah Goldberg of the same thing ("An email going around"). Sullivan cites his e-mail for a claim that it only happens every 1,000 years, and Jonah said it would never happen again. As NR's Derb explains, this is wrong; since it relies on losing the two leading digits of the year, it happens every century, and

if you cross the Atlantic to a country (e.g. Britain) where they write their dates dd/mm/yy, it will happen again on May 4th this year.

Don't tell Andrew's Sunday Times readers that he missed something like that.

UPDATE: Partial acknowledgement of the problem. And the next day he gets busted on the dd/mm sequence problem.