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12/12/12 – what does it mean?

I woke up this morning to find the twitter world was all a twitter about the date. Today’s date. 12/12/12.

What? How did this sneak up on us?

But today it’s like everybody all of a sudden figured out most of us won’t witness another one of these kinds of dates in our lifetimes. Or some folks seemed to think they might have gotten their dates wrong, and it was that end-of-the-world date (don’t worry, that’s not until Dec. 21).

They are having a heyday in Las Vegas with a huge run on sudden weddings: OMG it’s 12/12/12; we’ve gotta get married today! In fact CBS says thousands of couples are getting married and not just in Vegas – two couples tied the knot at the crack of dawn in North Hempstead, N.Y. By the time midnight rolls around, there may be some record-breaking nuptial numbers.

I called the Ada County courthouse, and Diane at the information desk said, “It’s kind of crazy here, too. In the last 15 minutes, six groups of people have come in to get married.”

I guess that’s good news for local florists and bakeries, but probably not so good for local event planners. (It just doesn’t seem like there’s been a lot of planning for these weddings.)

12/12/12 was also the day chosen to promote the idea of trying to get more women onto corporate boards. A Boston-based campaign called 2020 is working to raise the proportion of women on corporate boards to 20 percent by 2020 (right now, the figure lingers around 10 percent in Idaho and nationally). The campaign held luncheons on 12/12/12 across North America, including in Boise, and incorporated the number 12 into its presentation. One of its “top 12 takeaways:” Encourage women to apply for board service, instead of waiting to be invited. Ladies?

On the other hand, there also is a run on C-sections for today. Seems like there are a number of parents out there who really want their child to have this day as their natal day

I know for a fact it can be kind of weird having a day chosen to be your birthday – I was born, C-section-style, on my dad’s birthday. I’ve always wondered if I’ve been reading the right horoscope.

So for anyone late to the party, go get married or have a baby. But don’t worry – if you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. That doesn’t happen for another nine days.

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.