Geeky Celebration? It's 1234567890 Day

Today at 3:31:30 p.m., it will be exactly 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 o'clock in Unix time. People around the world are partying in celebration of this geeky occasion.

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

The blogosphere is in a twitter - literally. They've been twittering about something that happens today. They've been twittering about for weeks. 6:31 p.m. Eastern Time is a very, very special time for computer nerds: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 o'clock in Unix time. Unix is the system that measures time on your computer. You can practically see the excitement on Darrell Silver's(ph) face.

DARRELL SILVER (Caller): 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 day is this way of celebrating this thing that you have to be an absolute geek to know about or even further even care that it exists. It's a fun way to be connected with a host of other geeks around the world.

BRAND: And in case you're wondering, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0 o' clock means 1.2 billion seconds have passed since Unix time began in 1970.

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Correction March 20, 2009

The audio for this story, as well as earlier Web versions, confused the computer operating system Unix with Unix time, a system describing points in time that is used by Unix and other computer operating systems.

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