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10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life 296

st2000 writes "My wife noted that tomorrow's date is 10/10/10. This was probably some time after Illinois whomped Penn State's butt. I pondered that for a moment, noting that 101010 was a valid binary number. Then it dawned on me that 101010base2 was 42base10. Verifying that this truly was the answer given after typing 'meaning of life' into Wolfram's web site, I thought I was onto something." You may say he's a dreamer, but he's not the only one.
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10/10/10 — a Nice Day To Celebrate the Meaning of Life

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  • by whitehorsedigital (962992) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @09:51PM (#33849460)
    It's not 10/10/10, it's 10/10/2010 which is not so terribly remarkable.
  • But (Score:4, Funny)

    by JustOK (667959) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @09:51PM (#33849464) Journal

    is it mmddyy or ddmmyy or yymmdd?

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @09:54PM (#33849478)
    I think that something is called "drugs".
  • But nicely done, Tim.
  • It's (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:05PM (#33849524)

    42 is "The Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", FOR FUCKS SAKE.


    • Re:It's (Score:5, Insightful)

      by copponex (13876) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:27PM (#33849644) Homepage

      The story so far:
      In the beginning the Universe was created.
      This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

    • by Hylandr (813770)
      Who's idea was th- *Whap*

      - Dan.
    • by Hooya (518216)

      D. Adams was onto something.

      Life, Universe and Everything = 42
      42 = 101010
      10 10 10 = X X X
      XXX = Porn!!!

      Cheeky bastard!!

  • Not "42." 52. As in 0o52. Don't any of you speak octal/i> anymore?

  • In hex it's 2A (Score:2, Interesting)

    by (45841)
    And I think the day after that (101011) would be a better day to ponder the meaning of life...
  • by w0mprat (1317953) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:17PM (#33849612)
    Request timed out.
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    Well that rules out one possible cosmic coincidence.
  • Why all that fuss? (Score:3, Informative)

    by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:21PM (#33849628)
    Here in Japan we are the 22/10/10 (22 to be precise)
    • Except we aren't, it's 22[year]10[month]10[day] where the brackets are the respective kanji's.

  • Stupid question: (Score:3, Insightful)

    by lavagolemking (1352431) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:31PM (#33849676)
    How meaningful is your life if you spend your life pondering the meaning of life?
  • Enjoy it now (Score:2, Informative)

    by delta98 (619010)
    after 2012 we run out of "fun date numbers" for a while.
  • by feidaykin (158035) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @10:42PM (#33849738) Journal
    Here is physicist Richard Feynman's take on the meaning of life. For more insights, check out his page on wikiquote here. []

    I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything, and in many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here, and what the question might mean. I might think about a little, but if I can't figure it out, then I go to something else. But I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me.
  • I wonder how many people turned 42 today?

    • 1 in 365.25 I suppose. I turned 45 two days ago (thats why I have started to refer to everbody else as "son" and "youngster"). I kept an eye out for special events when I was 42 but nothing came up.

      Now the rest of you: get off my lawn!

      • Re:42nd birthdays? (Score:5, Informative)

        by Dunbal (464142) * on Saturday October 09, 2010 @11:20PM (#33849892)

        1 in 365.25 I suppose.

              Not exactly true. Statistically there are a greater number of births in the month of September, probably thanks to the end of year festivities 9 months earlier. Considering that pregnant women can't get pregnant again unless she loses the baby, and the duration of term is the same whether conceived in Jan or Nov, this necessarily decreases the number of women "available" to give birth any other time of year. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to confirm what OB/GYN's and midwives have known for a long time...

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Right, we forgot to make that adjustment.

          Do you think we should also adjust for the fact that not all people having a birthday today are turning 42?

        • I leave it as an exercise for the reader to confirm what OB/GYN's and midwives have known for a long time...

          OB/GYNs and midwives have seen vaginas IRL. How do you expect Slashdot readers to confirm anything they know?

  • by ideonexus (1257332) * on Saturday October 09, 2010 @11:55PM (#33849984) Homepage Journal

    Pardon my blog-whoring, but I've posted a short history of powers of 10 media [], which goes:

    Just another way to celebrate an exponentially awesome day. : )

  • Shouldn't we wait and celebrate on January 1, '00? That would be 11/01/00, or 42 in base thirteen! :P

    (Too bad we just missed it this century.)

  • 10/10/10 is my birthday, I was born in 1955, so I'm 55 today.
    It's sort of cool except that it's also true for David Lee Roth today.

  • And not a single person was able to "get it".

    Oh well, I guess North Dakotans are not big fans of Douglas Adams.


    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by stevesy17 (1199543)
      I assume you stopped every person on the road who may or may not have seen you plates and said:

      "...Get it? It's 42base2. It's funny."

  • by enjoying the video that demonstrates killing kids who don't agree with you! []

  • by FridayBob (619244) on Sunday October 10, 2010 @01:09PM (#33853264) Homepage
    ... since it happens:

    * Once every day at 10 hours, 10 minutes and 10 seconds. But okay, that moment only lasts a second.

    * On the 10th day of every month at 10 hours and 10 minutes, lasting sixty seconds.

    * On the 10th hour of the 10th day of October every year, lasting one hour.

    Today's date is only special because the 10/10/10-moment lasts an entire 24 hours, which is way more time than most people will care to dwell upon in its specialness. True, it only occurs once a century, but just remember that it can't hold a candle to October of the year 1010, which lasted an entire month and won't be seen again for another 9 millenia.

    There are, of course, plenty more 10/10/10-moments for nerds to look forward to in the far, far future that will last a lot longer than that (a year, a century, a millennium...), but then we would have to assume that the creatures of this planet will still be hanging on to the Gregorian calendar after all that time, which is perhaps doubtful.

Dealing with the problem of pure staff accumulation, all our researches ... point to an average increase of 5.75% per year. -- C.N. Parkinson