The time is: 1 2 3 4 5 6

New York Times columnist David Pogue has shared a factoid about time that truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and gives us something to ponder.

Pogue writes: Late tonight — specifically, 123 seconds after 1:00 a.m. — the time and date, for the first time in all of humanity, will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

Pogue also points out that this moment will never come again.

He is correct; to a point. In Europe, which displays the date before the month, this moment will occur next month, at 123 seconds past 1 a.m. on 4 May. These two occurrences will truly never happen again.


One thought on “The time is: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  1. Yep, I ameneded my original blog entry a few minutes later with a couple of postscripts:

    P.S.–Thanks to reader Alan Forkosh for pointing out that this magic moment arrives only in the U.S. and countries that represent dates in month/day/year order. If you live in Europe, you’ll have to wait about a month for the big moment to arrive.

    P.P.S. –Reader George Grauke wrote to comment: “You are mistaken that this will never happen again. What about in the year 2106, 2206, etc.? And it also happened in 1906. It will happen whenever you use a 2 digit year.”

    He’s absolutely right. Tonight’s 01:02:03 04/05/06 date is not the first, and will not be the last.

    —David Pogue

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