Happy 12/12/12! I found this great article where math professor Derrick Niederman, from College of Charleston in South Carolina, explains the significance of a ‘dozen’ and the number 12:
Today it all comes to an end. No, not the world, but a 12-year streak in which each year has offered a magical day like today, when the day, month, and year all coincide. Harmonic convergences such as 12/12/12 aren’t to be sniffed at, as most of us won’t see another one, Mayan calendar or no Mayan calendar. But part of what makes this particular day special is the number 12 itself. How special is it? Here’s a guided tour:
The number 12 has religious significance far beyond the 12 days of Christmas. Its role is reinforced by Twelfth night, the 12 Apostles, the 12 feasts of Eastern Orthodoxy and the 12 Tribes of Israel. These 12 tribes are associated with the 12 sons of Jacob, so it bears mention that the Norse god Odin also had 12 sons.
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Also, today may not actually be a Holiday but something really cool is happening tonight.
I encourage everyone to watch and participate in the 12/12/12 The Concert for Sandy Relief, to benefit The Robin Hood Relief Fund.
- When? 12/12/12 at 7:30 EST
- Where? Find out where to watch here
- Who? Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney
- How to participate? Find out how here
For more information, please visit their official website.