Okay, I admit I’m not very original for writing about the triple 9 event. It’s one of the top searches on Google today, so people are obviously interested in ways to appreciate the rare occurrence. And I’m fairly certain that I have at least one reason not on the other lists.
1. New releases
Anyone who reads this blog knows that Apple and I have a long and complicated relationship, but I still believe that once you go Mac, you never go back. Today’s Apple announcement included iPod/iPhone upgrades, lower prices and a revamped iTunes (which just happens to be iTunes 9). Read more.
And of course – you can’t mention today’s new releases without mentioning the resurgence of Beatle mania. The band is unique because it’s not the actual members that recreate the image of the Beatles. It’s the fans who find innovative ways to make the music relevant to a new generation. Whether it’s a happy melody or a politically charged ballad, from movie soundtracks to now video games, I think everyone can connect to their music. My mom was more of a Motown fan, so it wasn’t until my early 20′s that I experienced my own Beatle Mania. When I moved to London for a few months, a roommate shared her Beatles library with me. No matter where you walk in that city, the Beatles provide the perfect soundtrack. The night before I flew back to the U.S., I made the pilgrimage to Abbey Road and added my thoughts to the graffiti-ed fence outside the studio.
While I don’t necessarily consider myself a baseball fan, I’ve always been intrigued by the game. It has a magical quality, tied into the cultural fabric of this country that gives it a significance much greater than players on a field. Regardless of how you feel about the game – it’s all about 9′s. Nine players on the field at one time, nine innings, 90 feet between bases and nine strikes per inning. MLB.com is celebrating with a $9.99 sale and a list of all-time 9′s.
I’m definitely not a math enthusiast, but I appreciate a random fact to spice up a conversation every once in a while. Here’s a few to use at dinner tonight. 09/09/09 falls on a Wednesday in September, both of which have 9 letters. Sept. 9, is the 252nd day of the year. (2+5+2=9) And, if you multiply a single-digit number by 9, the resulting two digits add up to 9. Ex: 2×9=18 and 1+8=9.
While 9 may not have a lot of significance for Americans, for the Chinese it’s the second-luckiest digit (8 is the first). According to LiveScience.com, the number nine in Chinese sounds like the word for long-lasting. Emperors used to wear robes decorated with 9 dragons and the Forbidden City is rumored to have had 9,999 rooms.
Building on the Chinese idea of luck, more than 10,000 Chinese couples were expected to get married today. But Americans are joining in. According to CNN.com, The Stratosphere in Las Vegas is planning to marry off 99 couples at 9:09 p.m. for $99.09. And a 09/09/09 anniversary makes it a little easier for the calendar-challenged spouse.
6. No cats
Cats and I rarely get along. In the world of pets, I’m much more of a dog person. And even some cat lovers over at the comedy site Urlesque.com are fed up with the never-ending supply of cat videos online. They have declared 09/09/09 “A Day Without Cats,” – a Web-wide ban on cat videos. Perhaps something to do with a feline’s 9 lives…
A project called “A Day on the Planet” is looking for people all over the world to record their experience on 09/09/09 for a book that will summarize the experience of 7 billion people on the same day. They are accepting e-mail submissions through 9/25/09.
I grew up in predominantly British culture but attended an American school, which meant I was perpetually confused about a variety of things including spelling, pronunciation and which side I should pass someone in the hallway. How to write out a date is one of many things the British and Americans disagree about. The Brits use Day/Month/Year, while Americans write it Month/Day/Year. I always loved that one day out of every month that didn’t require me to check and double check the order of numbers depending on who I was writing for.
The number 9 reason to love today…it’s my birthday. And no, I’m not looking for a flood of birthday wishes. But with all the attention focused on the significance of today, I can’t help but share why it’s important to me.
This post was written by jjarvis on September 9, 2009