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By Kyle Quick
You wake up in the morning and bang the date is 12/12/12. December 12, 2012 has '12's in a row. Oh no, what do we do? Sounds like a good reason to call in sick for work.

There are plenty of people who have made their predictions based on this, that, and the other about what will happen or if will we all turn into some type of animal; maybe 12 different types. I took 12 minutes to search the web to find out why there is so much hype over today’s date.

The one thing that was never mentioned is what will happen when the clock strikes 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/12. I just realized there are 12 ‘12’s in this paragraph, not counting the two ‘12’s, three now, in this sentence.

Regardless of what was supposed to happen when Tuesday ended and Wednesday began, I am living proof that nothing happened because the current time is 2:48 a.m. Dec. 12. Since the clock is still ticking and my cell phone is still working I find it interesting how this number surrounds our lives.

There are 24 hours in a day, a clock has 12 numbers, and 12 + 12 equals 24. There are 12 months in a year. Did you know that there are 12 inches in a foot or that it can be evenly divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths?

This number is all around us and here are a few examples: the 12 days of Christmas, 12 Apostles, 12 Federal Reserve Districts, 12 eggs in a carton, 12 pack of soda, a case of soda is divisible by 12, a six pack is half of 12, there are 12 buttons on a phone, and there are12 grades in school and then four years of college, which is a third of 12.

The date 12/12/12 can’t be all that bad but what about 12/21/12…