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12/12/12: It's Kayla's special day, but just a quirk in the calendar for others

December 12, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Hagerstown resident Kayla Bailey turns 12 today, on 12/12/12.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Hagerstown resident Kayla Bailey turns 12 wednesday, on 12/12/12.

“It’s kind of cool that they’re all put together like that,” Bailey, a student at E. Russell Hicks Middle School said Tuesday. “My mom’s taking me out to dinner for it.”

Although this is the first time the day, month and year aligned for Bailey’s birthday, she noted that her special day always does coincide with her new age.

She turned 1 in 2001, and 2 in 2002, for instance. But, she said, “Turning 12, on the 12th, in the 12th month of 2012 is a little different.”

After Wednesday, the next time the last two digits of the year, the month, and the day will be the same numbers will be in a little more than 88 years. For one day in each of the first dozen years every century, the numbers of month, day, and year will line up in that manner. The next such instance will be Jan. 1, 2101 —  01/01/01.

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Astrologist Jeanne Mozier, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said there is nothing significant about the numbers in the date 12/12/12.

“All numbers have intrinsic meaning, but the fact that it’s 12/12/12 does not have intrinsic meaning,” she said. “It means no more than the numbers of any other day.”

Mozier said, however, that star patterns indicate the next three days will include “unexpected outcomes.”

Other area residents said that they do not think there is anything significant about the date either.

Hagerstown resident Vicky Yates, 57, said she had not given it much thought.

“I’ll never see anything like it again, but I don’t put a whole lot of thought into that,” she said. “My cousin got married last year on 11/11/11, and it was unique. It’ll also be neat for the kids born 12/12/12.”

“I think it’s neat to see it written, but I’m holding out to see the Mayans proven right for Dec. 21,” Dan Murphy, 41, of Hagerstown, said jokingly, even though he said he does not believe the Doomsday theories. “It’d be cool if something happened on Dec. 21, like if the power companies shut down electricity for a couple hours to see how people would react.”

The end of the world has been associated with Dec. 12, but it is mainly associated with Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice and the end of the Mayan calendar.

Lottery numbers relating to dates such as today’s are popular, Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Gail Pelovitz said.

“The number 1212 for Pick 4 Midday and Evening sold out on Dec. 7,” she said. “People played in advance, I assume to make sure they got it in early. It’s a popular number anyway.”

Pelovitz said the number 1111 sold out on Nov. 11 of last year, which was 11/11/11.

“Any time you have four similar numbers, they’re usually popular,” she said.

“It’s really cool,” said 33-year-old Pam Bailey, Kayla’s mother. “My boyfriend is going to have her scratch off lottery tickets for good luck, but she would want to keep the money” if the tickets are winners.

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