Nature keeps time, but doesn't bother about counting.
People do like to count however.
Especially us math geeks.
A friend of mine who's also easily amused pointed out to me yesterday that early this morning, at one hour, two minutes and three seconds after midnight - and noon if you go by a twelve-hour clock - the time and date was officially
01:02:03 | 4/5/06
Perhaps an uneventful moment, but one that only happens once (or twice on the 12-hour clock) each century.
Of course there are some other notable moments upcoming,
02:03:04 | 5/6/07
03:04:05 | 6/7/08
04:05:06 | 7/8/09
05:06:07 | 8/9/10
06:07:08 | 9/10/11
07:08:09 | 10/11/12
08:09:10 | 11/12/13
09:10:11 | 12/13/14
which is as far as that goes if you're on a 12 month calendar.
But the biggest one will be coming soon...
12:34:56 | 7/8/09
That'll be two (or four) magic moments on July 8, 2009.
Sounds to me like another good reason to have a drink with a math friend.