10 reasons to celebrate 10/10/10

Oct 10, 2010 8:53:29 AM / by Rachel Reardon

10-10-10Today is a cool date...a perfect 10 day.

What does it all mean? I wasn't sure until I started poking around the net.

This is what I found.

1. People love the number 10...they like top 10 lists (David Letterman loves these), and everyone wants to be a perfect "10."

2. Historically, nothing significant happened on this date. Weird.

3. There is no mathematical reason for us to have a happy or bad day, but I wish you all the luck anyways. However, this date is considered lucky in Chinese culture, because the number 10 represents perfection or completion, according to the "I Ching," an ancient Chinese text.

4. 42 is the ASCII code of the character *, which usually means "everything" in computer parlance.

5. 101010 (in Binary) = 42 Which means absolutely nothing. Hmmm.....

6. The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy says that 42 is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. But folks are still unsure of the exact question.

7. More than 7,000 events are expected to take place in 188 countries as part of the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, "the single largest day of carbon-cutting action in the planet's history," according to the event's organizer, environmental advocacy group 350.org, which is attempting to raise awareness about global warming issues.

8. Chapels and halls are booked solid for today's date: many nuptials and weddings are being shared today. More than 30,000 weddings are planned today across the country, according to Brides Magazine and online registries. I hope all those folks can remember their anniversary dates!

9. Today is also World Hoop Day. It was founded in 2006, and is dedicated to bringing dance, exercise, and toy hoops to children all over the world. That is just a cool mission!

10. Byram, N.J., resident Raymond Barnaba has been waiting quite a while for 10/10/10. He was born on Oct. 10, 1910 and turns 100 today. Happy Birthday Raymond! You deserve a special day! I am excited for all the babies who will be born today too!

I hope you all enjoy the day as today's date signals the end of repeating, single-digit dates, for at least another 90 years.

What did you do to celebrate 10-10-10?

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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