Serendipitous Date Of 10/10/10 Inspires

We look at how some people are paying attention to the way Sunday's date can be written as 10/10/10.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

One-zero, one-zero, one-zero, 10/10/10. Just a string of numbers - something to fear or something magical? October 10th, 2010. This Sunday, we'll find out.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Well, Leonore Nell Ramierez of Hebbronville, Texas, thinks Sunday is the perfect day for a wedding - her own.

Ms. LEONORE NELL RAMIEREZ: It's going to be on 10/10/10 at 10 a.m. I'm excited because the number 10 means perfection and completeness.

KELLY: In Los Angeles, concerts will celebrate the day, and there are some 9-year-olds we've heard about - with a birthday on Sunday - who are delighted to be turning, yes, 10 on 10/10/10.

SIEGEL: And if your thing is photo-sharing, the website Flickr wants you to submit pictures taken on Sunday. If you make videos, an environment coalition wants you to shoot something on what they are calling One Day on Earth.

Unidentified Man #1: On October 10th, 2010, participants from every country in the world will collectively film the 24-hour period. We ask that you be one of them.

KELLY: The group plans to assemble the best video into a feature-length documentary slated for 2011. Of course, you could argue there's absolutely no significance to a string of ones and zeros. A computer geek sees 101010 as binary code - the language used in programming. Binary Code is in base two. We use base 10. And if you've forgotten your high school math, in base 10, 10-10-10 is equal to the number 42.

SIEGEL: And 42, as fans of the 1970s radio shows called "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" know holds great significance.

(Soundbite of radio show, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy")

Unidentified Man #2: The answer to everything...

Unidentified Man #3: Yes?

Unidentified Man #2: ...life, the universe and everything...

Unidentified Man #3: Yes?

Unidentified Man #2: ...is...

Unidentified Man #3: Yes?

Unidentified Man #2: ...is...

Unidentified Man #3: Yes?

Unidentified Man #2: ...is...

Unidentified Man #3: Yes?

Unidentified Man #2: ...42.

SIEGEL: But we suspect that people paying attention to 10/10/10 aren't doing so because it's the secret to the universe. Probably, just because they like the benignly binary way that it looks.

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