By RODNEY D. BOAM
WESTON – Hailey Groves, of Weston, will turn 12 on 12/12/12. For Hailey and her family it may just be another birthday. Hailey said she is excited for the day to come.
But just like a typical 12-year-old, she didn’t think the significance of the date was as important as the party the family will have.
The Beutler Middle School sixth grader likes to be outside, her mother said. Hailey likes horses and rodeos and just about any outdoor sport.
If you believe the Mayan calendar, Hailey and the rest of mankind may not live to see the end of the year. It’s been reported that on the Mayan calendar, 12/12/12 signifies the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. The end is supposed to come on 12/12/21.
The number 12 seems to be everywhere in our society, but is there an underlying meaning?
The calendar used in the U.S. today was taken from the early Egyptians. It’s a Lunar calendar and is based on the cycles of the moon making 12 months in a year.
There are 12 inches in a foot and the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that uses the 12-inch foot. Everyone else uses the metric system.
Eggs are also traditionally sold by the dozen. Lots of 12s came from the old imperial measurements developed in England in the early 1800s.
Products are packaged in dozens or multiples of a dozen, such as donuts and soft drinks. One of the reasons for this is that 12 allows for the most efficient packaging options as it relates to dimensions; it can be factored as 12×1, 6×2, or 3×4. Large volumes are sold in a “gross” which is one dozen dozens.
In the Bible, the number does have some significance. There were 12 apostles to Jesus. There are the 12 tribes of Israel and maybe more if you can find a Bible Scholar.
On the other spectrum, 12/12/12 in Las Vegas is a big marriage day. The city is planning for a record number of weddings. It should be an easy anniversary to remember. The Logan LDS Temple reported they had no increase in weddings that day.
At any rate turning 12 on 12/12/12 is a combination that only happens once in long, long time.
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