09/09/09 | Your Lucky Day or “Suffering” in Japanese?

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That expires today, bucko. But don't worry: mortgage loan modification is available today and after 09/09/09. (Photo: flickr.com)

That expires today, bucko. But don't worry: mortgage loan modification is available today and after 09/09/09. (Photo: flickr.com)

If you’re looking to do a mortgage loan modification or play the lotto, 9 9 09 (or 9/09/09 if you prefer, as I do) may just be the day to do it. Or perhaps you want to get your hands on the new game “The Beatles: Rock Band” or see the new apocalypse movie “9?” While 09/09/09 may not seem special to you, numerologists would beg to differ. To them, it’s a day to celebrate. Or, depending upon their point of view, it could be ominous stuff straight from the Mayan calendar. It’s lined upon the calendar with 1 Imix, which they consider to be the same day as the Big Bang. Are you ready to get caught in the contraction of the universe? Better bring an umbrella; things are getting awfully dense in here.

Seriously, 9/09/09 is a fun day to do the math. Wednesday and September each have nine letters. According to a Yahoo! News roundup at http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090908/sc_livescience/why090909issospecial, September 9, 2009 is the 252nd day of the year, and the digits 252 add up to nine. 9+9+9=27, and 2+7=9. In fact, take nine and multiply it by any single-digit number. The two-digit answer produced will have digits that add up to nine. But it also works with two, three and four-digit numbers multiplied by nine. For instance, 9×62=558. If you add the digits of that answer, you have 5+5+8=18. And guess what? 1+8=9. For this fascination with numbers, we have Pythagoras to thank. Send him a right triangle thank you note, if you please. He loved that number nine.

Thank you, thank you. This train will return on 01/01/01 (January 1, 2101)

That’s the next time a single digit will repeat in triplicate by itself on the calendar. Or, if people who while away the hours awaiting the end of the world have their way, perhaps it won’t. People who believe in such things as 666 and the “mark of the beast” have been waiting for this day. Their prophecy that Armageddon would begin on 06/06/06 fell through, so they decided to turn that frown upside down. 999 is the real number of woe, so make peace today on 09/09/09 before the curtain falls on existence.

China, Japan and their love/hate of 9

As it so happens, ancient Chinese emperors were big fans of the number nine. Its pronunciation sounds similar to their pronunciation of “long-lasting.” It showed up in the construction of their buildings and details of their clothing (nine dragons displayed prominently). The palace at the Forbidden City was supposedly built with 9,999 rooms. And as it so happens, eight is also extremely important to the Chinese, as it sounds like their phrase for “wealth.” So you can understand why Beijing was so happy to host the 2008 Summer Olympics – which began at 8 p.m. on August 8, 2008 (08/08/08).

Japan is much less enamored with the number nine, however. They avoid it like some westerners avoid the number 13. In their language, the word for nine is a homophone for their word for suffering, so nine is considered to be unlucky. Only the number four is worse, as it sounds like death.

A good day to get hitched

All the math, marketing ploys and dreams of death and destruction aside, 09/09/09 has proven to be a popular day to get married. If you don’t think that’s a good enough reason to seek mortgage loan modification, then you don’t know what you’re in for.

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Seriously, Las Vegas hit the jackpot on 07/07/07 when it came to booking marriages, and 09/09/09 has proven to be no exception. Lots of places are offering $99.99 wedding specials (I guess $9.99 was considered to be too cheap), some of which include visits to museums and other frills. In Hollywood, the 99 Cents Only Store awarded 99 cent weddings to nine lucky brides. However, the real cost exceeded 99 cents by a large margin –  just in case you were worried that wedding gifts included squeegees and hair nets and the cake came straight from an imitation Little Debbies box.

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