The buzz about 09-09-09

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - September 9, 2009 is an unusual date that has some people and even cultures buzzing over the calendar anomaly.

It's an anomaly. "Really cool!" said Emma Airington, first grade student at St. Cyprian's. "It's like a pattern."

Emma is one of Leslie Ainsworth's nine students. "09.09.09 because it only happens once in your lifetime that your birthday would end up on a day like that," said Ainsworth, first grade teacher at St. Cyprian's. "It was just kind of fun, not the birthday itself, but just the date."

Roses and gifts aside, Ainsworth finds September 9th mathematically fascinating. "September 9th is the 252nd day of the year and two plus five plus two is nine," said Ainsworth.

Nine years ago Wednesday, the Dixons were saying their "I-Do's". "9.09 of 09... nine years," said Mark Dixon. "So, it's the only time it will happen I guess."

"Pretty good nine years, got three kids and done a couple of moves and we've had some interesting times, but overall it's been very good," said Carrie Dixon.

For some cultures the number nine is highly anticipated, while others dodge it. "Some people think it's good luck," said George Reed, mathematician. "The Chinese think it's a very lucky number, so they're probably dancing today over this. The Japanese, not so much, they're probably hiding inside."

On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 a new mother said something magical happened. Her baby girl Madeline was welcomed into the world a few days early. "We were not expecting her so I mean it was a surprise so I guess we were lucky," said Veronica Samarripa, mother.

Now we'll see what 10-10 of 10 will bring. Only three more of these numerical occurrences will happen this century.

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