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Here's Why The Next Triple-Number Date Will Actually Arrive in 3001

Or is it Jan. 1, 2101?

Today is Dec. 12, 2012. 12-12-12. 

So when is the next time the dates are lined up like this?

But some say that's not right. It's actually Jan. 1, 3101. That's 1-1-01, as well. What's the difference?

Well, Jan. 1, 2101, can be read as 1-1-101. And Jan. 1, 3001, can be read as 1-1-001. It's kinda like the whole was 2001 the first year of the new century or was it 2000. (2001, I guess, but 2000 just seemed right.)

Whatever. Those of you around in 89 years will still be able to go with 1-1-1. And if any of you are around for 3001, please let us know here at Patch.

Renton, what's your opinion on the next time the dates are lined up? Let us know here in the Comments section or on Renton Patch's Facebook page.

(Of course, all of this is moot if the world ends on 12-21-12)

Pauline December 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
OMG, people are so silly. We don't write the date as 01/01/001, so why would it be in 3001? I posed this question to my 7-year-old daughter last night and even she knew the correct answer. It's 01/01/01, meaning in the year 2101. Then again on February 2 2102, March 3 2103, April 4 2104, etc. I can't believe how many "news" stories said it would be in 3001. Sheesh.

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