Rare Time Alignment Tomorrow

Status: Partially true, partially false
An email is circulating around that makes the following claim:

On Wednesday of this week (tomorrow), at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 a.m., the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.
This will never happen again.

That's just wrong. It probably won't happen again in any of our lifetimes, but it will happen again: in 2106, 2206, 2306, etc. And in Europe they write the date as day, month, year, so it won't be true over there. (But you could fly over to the UK and experience the same 'rare' phenomenon on May 4th of this year!)

Email Hoaxes

Posted on Tue Apr 04, 2006


Umm... won't it happen again at 1 p.m?
Posted by seano  in  Massachusetts  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  09:36 AM
That would be 13.02.03
Posted by Rob  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  09:49 AM
The UK has it better. May the 4th be with you!
Yes. Yes, I know it's sad...
Posted by Owen  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  10:05 AM
Not in the US, unless you're military.

Also consider 00:01:02 03/04/56 or 01:02:03 04/05/67, both within many of our lifetimes.

Besides, if you look hard enough you can find hundreds of alignments, depending on what you consider to be interesting.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  10:08 AM
So, should I plan to dance naked around the nearest equivalent of Stonehenge?

I have this tragic premonition that I'm just going to sleep right through it.
Posted by Wendy  in  Wellington NZ  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  04:26 PM
Well, you can always celebrate at GMT, if that makes it more convenient.. Of course, then you'd have to wait until the 4th, for optimal correctness..

As for celebrating.. try and get a receipt, or other printed transaction with the correct timestamp.

Of course, there's going to be *all* sorts of fuss, come June sixth...
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Apr 04, 2006  at  07:30 PM
So, should I plan to dance naked around the nearest equivalent of Stonehenge?

Yup. For all of one second.
Posted by outeast  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  01:55 AM
Also watch for 12:34:56 on 7-8-09 (American date format)
Posted by Githerax  in  githeraxland  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  03:45 PM
Noting this way after the fact, but actually, it DID happen again at 1 p.m. Unless it never happened at all.

Assuming that military time is what would make the event impossible in the afternoon, it would have been impossible at 1 a.m. as well.

In military speak, the date would have been 20/5/06.

I could be wrong, though I do know that the military uses day, month, year.
Posted by Cuddle Bunny  on  Fri Apr 21, 2006  at  05:55 PM
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