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Floating holiday when month/day/year are the same number

Notice to all employees: Tomorrow is 5/5/05. As is traditional, pants will be optional."
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This could be the first holiday that falls on a different month and day each year making it the one holiday that really sneaks up on you in a pleasantly suprising way. "It's 5/5/05 today? Hey! It's Wildcard Day! Let's all go to the beach and drink beer instead of working!" The next year the holiday would fall on 6/6/06, the one after that 7/7/07 etc. Of course, you would need some kind of premise and a catchy name. "Indulgence day?" "Pants optional day?" "Slap your boss day?" "Appreciation of government officials who okay national holidays day?"
doctorremulac3, May 04 2005

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by phoenix. Though the relation is meagre, I entreat you all to look at this, one of the very finest ideas on the whole site, in my opinion. [calum, May 04 2005]

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) http://web.archive....ayo.org/history.htm
Just a bit o' the trivia. I'll leave 2012 to you. [reensure, May 04 2005]

dinner http://www.plasticb..._night_i_went.shtml
but no holiday. [neilp, May 04 2005]


       This is baked tomorrow for primary school children in the UK. Except for the pants thing.
calum, May 04 2005

       Really? What do they call it?
doctorremulac3, May 04 2005

       There'll be a lot fewer of these after 2012. I'm with you up till then though.
wagster, May 04 2005

       Yea, I thought about that. It's just the last number that counts.
doctorremulac3, May 04 2005

       Count me in. I could do with a day off tomorrow.
st3f, May 04 2005

       //What do they call it?// Polling day.
calum, May 04 2005

       not for this school :(
po, May 04 2005

       <nostalgia>I remember being at school on 7/7/77</nostalgia>
hippo, May 04 2005

       Nice [+]. I suggest we wind back to 2001 to make full use of this idea, and also to make me feel better about wasting the last four years in (g/p)ainful employment.
DocBrown, May 04 2005

       I was only five by 8/8/88... which, incidentally, was the date my sister should have been born. Daft lass was a week early.
david_scothern, May 04 2005

       I happen to have tomorrow off work! It would be nice to have a couple more fun holidays like this.
37PiecesOf Flair, May 04 2005


       More holidays! More time to... ummm...   

       (soon the hamster grew bored.)
froglet, May 04 2005

       When i was in primary school, one of the other pupils pointed out that it would be twelve thirty-four on the fifth of June 'seventy-eight. You wouldn't get many of those. On the other hand, you could cheat by choosing lots of interesting-looking number combinations and using American, British and Continental dating conventions. I wonder how many of those there could be.
nineteenthly, May 04 2005

       Similarly, I remember sitting in my mum's faded-to-pink clapped out Volvo aged Quite Young, listening to Simon Mayo saying that the time was 12:34 on the sixth of July 89 and being so wowed by this perfect pattern that I failed to notice he had missed out five.
calum, May 04 2005

       Could we also apply this to palindromic dates?
hidden truths, May 04 2005

       Look, I'm famous.. me having dinner at 20:02 on 02/02/2002.
neilp, May 04 2005

       A friend of mine works at a geeky development outfit. They celebrated when the Unix time hit 1111111111 (seconds since Jan 1 1970) with break from work to eat cake!   

       (Use date +%s on *nix boxes to see the system epoch time).
the_jxc, May 05 2005

       [UnaBubba], according to the TV series the sun rises at six thirty in the morning on the day the world ends, and Arthur Dent's house is in the West Country of England, near Taunton in Somerset. There are two dates when the sun rises at that time in Taunton for GMT: the fourteenth of March and the eleventh of October. I think these would vary according to how far from a leap year the date is and probably for other reasons. However, daylight saving time also complicates things, and it may be that there is no date in the second half of the year on which the sun rises at this time in Taunton for this reason, but the March date is correct. Therefore, i think we can assume that the world will end on a Thursday which is the fourteenth of March. In 'So Long And Thanks For All The Fish', the cricket match that takes place the same week the world ends is said to be happening in the year "198-", and the only year in the 'eighties the fourteenth of March was on a Thursday was in nineteen eighty-five. Therefore, according to Douglas Adams the world should have ended on Thursday the fourteenth of March nineteen eighty-five.
I worked all that out in the early 'eighties, by the way.
nineteenthly, May 05 2005

       Damn! Missed it!
gnomethang, May 05 2005

       That'll do!. Office moved to Westferry btw.
gnomethang, May 05 2005

       Someone should put a calendar together with all these dates marked. It would have to be quite long. What about dates that look the same upside down, like 16/11/91?
nineteenthly, May 05 2005

       I mean, I've been taking these as holidays as far back as I can remember. Shit, today is a 5/05/05... A year and a month ago it was 4/04/04. And no, I didn't go to class then either.   

Blumster, May 06 2005

       //There'll be a lot fewer of these after 2012//   

       That depends on where you truncate the year number. Just use a "3" for 2013. If you can't drop meaningful digits, your idea expired on December 13th, in the year 12.
Amos Kito, May 13 2005

       +My twins will turn 7 on 07/07/07.
[Ian Tindale] I didn't know that, cool. (Culture & The Clash).
I think some of the Rasta thought that that date might mark the end of the world, but I'm not 100% sure of that.
Zimmy, May 13 2005

       I like any combination of mauve numbers (4, 7, 17) and speckly (7 (also), 3, 36, etc.), could I have those?
goatfaceKilla, May 13 2005

       [lukecleland] just pointed out it's going to be   

       20:05 20/05/2005 later.   

       <loud applause>
neilp, May 20 2005

       I think this floating holiday idea should also work for significant values of cTime(), particularly where cTime()=2^n and n is an integer.
hippo, May 20 2005

       My family always thought I was weird when I pointed out that the time on the microwave display was 12:34:56... I guess that's another reason why I like this place... I kinda fit in :P
ghillie, May 20 2005

       Take today's date, mmddyyyy. Add 1. Take that date, and add it to your mother's birthdate. Subtract form this number the amount of spinach you can eat in one sitting, in numbers of leaves. Drop the last digit and throw a small rodent into a gaggle. Count the number of seconds it takes for the mouse to die. Divide your current date by this number, and add 6. The result is beyond, a doubt, quality coincidence, sure to justify a random day off when your buddy comes into town with pure uncut columbian coca, and a gang of stripper midgets dressed like dragons.
daseva, May 20 2005

       01:02 03/04/05   

       12:11 10/09/08   

       08:09 10/11/12   

       02:03 04/05/06
disbomber, May 20 2005

       June 6, 2006
Jscotty, Mar 06 2006

       June 6, 2006 is the release date of the new Omen film. What a coincidence.
hidden truths, Mar 06 2006

       On 6/6/66 I was little I didn't know sh*t, About 7/7/77 eleven years later still don't know any better, By 8/8/88 it's way to late for me to change, and By 9/9/99 I hope I'm sitting on the back porch drinking red wine ...   

       Ahh, Morphine. God bless, Mark Sandman.
bibliotaphist, Mar 07 2006

       [gang of stripper midgets dressed like dragons]   

       Well, I have been thinking of permissible bachelor party concepts.
normzone, Mar 07 2006

       6/6/06 date coming up, kinda scary
Slaith, Mar 07 2006

       See? If this had been enacted we'd all be taking the day off today. (Since tomorrow's 7/7/07)   

       Maybe I'll just make it my own personal holiday and never work on a date featuring only one number. Fire up the barbeque and throw me a cold beer. I'm taking the day off for 7/7/07. (really)
doctorremulac3, Jul 06 2007

       Yeah? . So am I!. It is a Saturday.
gnomethang, Jul 06 2007

       For my birthday, I'll be in Lost Wages, NV at the roulette table at a bit after noon, I'll place a $12 bet on number 12.   

$12 on number 12.

       I'll lose $12, but it'll be fun.
Klaatu, Jul 07 2007

       Well, [zimmy],   

       Happy birthday to your twins.
Custardguts, Jul 07 2007

       Hey klaatu, I live in Lost Wages and thats what my dad calls it.
BJS, Jul 07 2007

       I just had to comment on the "day the world ends" anno above...   

       from [Nineteenthly] //There are two dates when the sun rises at that time in Taunton for GMT: the fourteenth of March and the eleventh of October//   

       the eleventh of october is 10/11, which, when added together make 21, which is half of 42, 'nuff said.   

       perhaps the world ends on 10/11/2021 (or 2019 if we're using all the digits in the year, so we've got a while yet)
CaptainClapper, Jul 07 2007

       //perhaps the world ends on 10/11/2021//   

       Everyone knows the world will end on December 21, 2012.
nuclear hobo, Jul 08 2007

       bet me a million dollars that it will
Cuit_au_Four, Jul 10 2007

       But what if the month/day/year are the same number *and* your car odometer displays a pleasingly significant pattern of digits (see first link) on the same day??!!
hippo, Jul 10 2007


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