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.
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Serendipitous Date Of 10/10/10 Inspires

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Serendipitous Date Of 10/10/10 Inspires

Serendipitous Date Of 10/10/10 Inspires

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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.

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.

LOUISE 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: 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.

LOUISE 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: Unidentified Man #2: ...42.

(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, "THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY")

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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