10 10 10On Sunday, which happens to be October 10, 2010, New York's Xanthe Soter will be celebrating her tenth birthday in style, as she and ten of her friends will visit a local pizzeria to make their own pies.

A fifth grader, Soter has been looking forward to this day since she realized -- at the ripe old age of eight -- that her entry into double digits would fall on an auspicious day. "It's really special," she said in an interview. "It could be lucky."

Indeed, Xanthe, whose friend Leah also turns ten on Sunday, is not the only one who feels that way. Some expectant parents in India think that 10/10/10 is a "magic" date, according to Daily News & Analysis, a regional Web site. The site goes on to claim that many are trying to induce delivery on Sunday. Some, apparently, have even scheduled Cesarean deliveries, just to be sure.

A Day With Ups and Downs

In terms of politics, October 10 has been a less-than auspicious date. In 1938, Germany chose the date for its annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. Thirty-five years later, in 1973, Richard Nixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew, resigned on October 10. He later pleaded no contest to tax evasion charges.

On the other hand, it was a happy day for actress Liz Taylor, who got married for the sixth time on October 10, 1975. It was also a banner day for women and coin collectors: on October 10, 1978, President Jimmy Carter authorized the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, making the famous suffragist the first woman to be memorialized on an American coin.

Making 10/10 Special

The Knot, a website devoted to weddings, has done its part to make 10/10 a happy day: in a recent contest, it gave away ten weddings to the ten couples who gave the ten best reasons why their nuptials should be held in Bermuda. Each couple also designed a specific theme for their nuptials.

For museum goers, Canada's Red Flag Deals is offering ten consecutive days of deals for museums in Toronto and Montreal. On the other end of the spectrum, Titan Bet, a British casino, will give ten pounds to every patron who bets ten pounds on Sunday.

A Day of Leisure... Or Love

October 10th fanatics can also use the day to relax: the Hotel Victor in Florida's South Beach is taking 10/10 promotions to a new level by giving away ten free nights in a Victor Partial Ocean View Room. For those who prefer to be pampered, the hotel is also offering a ten percent discount at its spa.

Las Vegas is celebrating the day as well: according to Vegas.com, at 10:10 AM on Sunday, ten couples will pledge their troth with a simultaneous engagement in Caesar's Palace. To make the event extra-extra special, "emcee Donny Osmond will re-propose to his wife of more than 30 years."

My colleague, Bruce Watson, has covered how one group, 360.org, used the date to declare 10/10/10 a day of Environmental Action.

Not a Bad Day to Surf the Web

Experts point out that 10/10/10 is not like 1/1/00 when the world's computers were supposed to go haywire but didn't. Nothing is expected to happen to machines at 10 AM or 10 PM. Nothing especially bad is expected to occur online either.

On the other hand, as an internet security expert told ABC News, science fiction fans might attach extra significance to the date. In binary code, "101010" symbolizes 42, a number with special significance to devotees of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In Douglas Adams' masterpiece, the number signifies the answer to "Life, the Universe and Everything."

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wallyjo45

And someone is paid to write this drivel? Only in America! Actually, today is just another day.

October 10 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cherie

Oh please enough of these play on numbers. All throughout recorded history man has set expectations onto a date. Most of the time using a mathematic formula based on the movement of the stars. Not a date pulled out of thin air. 10/10/10 (today) will be a day like any other it has no spiritual meaning no esoteric value. Was not foretold by any culture sect. So do what you do with all the other days. Make the best of it.

October 10 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ThinkUp70

It would be a meaningful date if all of America decided that they would conserve themselves by not just buying "stuff" with their "little plastic cards", to fill our over-flowing landfills and polluting our drinking water with garbage. Here's to a more conservative and prosperous America! Take action, and vote.

October 10 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
arborgast

For 10-10-10 I'll take a drive in my F 150 V-8 truck, light up a big stinky cigar , then later grill a juicy , well marbled steak. Oh yeah ,, I'll watch football on my flat screen TV, and anything else to show my contempt for the "green wacko movement". Most of those weirdos will use much more of the world's resources than I will, by traveling all over the world for their ignorant political rallies . ( and yes they are very political ) Speaking of political ..I'll also fly my American flag, while they wave their socialist banners and demonstrate against capitalism.

October 10 2010 at 10:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
troofdetector5

Stupid libtards.

October 10 2010 at 9:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
diplobrat

And a follow-up. As if a calendar arbitrarily created by humans (in this case, he gregorians in the 16th century) means ANYTHING. Ooo! Numbers... Big whoop.

October 10 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
diplobrat

Hmm...101010 = 42. And on 090909??? Don't remember anything significant. 080808? Nada. 070707? Nope. And so on, and so forth...

October 10 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deb18017

Happy 24th to My son!!

October 09 2010 at 11:18 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
rotten rollin

It's Sunday......try going to church.

October 09 2010 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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troofdetector5

libtards dont go to church. their messiah is Obama, not Christ.

October 10 2010 at 9:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
slcamc

10/10/10 is our 28th wedding anniversary. We are still together and in love.

October 09 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply