Well, right now it's just fives everywhere on my digital clock/date phone display. I might well have missed it had I not received the most amazing email telling me that this is the last time we'll see this exact display within our lifetimes! Unlike, say 17:23:14 on 22/01/03 which happens roughly every hour, this amazing time/date combo only occurs - wait for it - once every HUNDRED years! Who'd have thought it? Certainly not programmers working in the late 1990s!
Personally, I can't wait for the next seven years to be over, just so I don't have to spend an entire morning once a year deleting tedious emails about repetitive clock displays. What bugs me most, I think, is that I'm getting these observations from people whom I know to be perfectly intelligent, maths-aware and capable of thinking for themselves.. and yet because it's a chain email, or text message, all intelligence seems to shut down for the time it takes to hit, 'send'.
The psychology of these emails is probably fascinating if you're the kind of person who enjoys feeling really superior and "messing with people's heads" by doing unexpected and/or embarrassing things in public. In short, I have nothing, absolutely nothing to gain and all of my sanity to lose if anybody emails me in 396 days, one hour, one minute and one second's time about how it's the 'hour of the Beast'.
Because it won't be. It'll be a second just like any other. Bloody people.
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