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Once again, today — 07.09.11 — is Odd Day

July 8, 2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — That’s right: It’s here again, and according to the now-retired teacher who keeps track of such, well, oddities, there are only two more such dates left in this century.

Once again, today — July 9, 2011 — is Odd Day, according to Ron Gordon, who recently retired as a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif.

If you’re still confused: Today is Odd Day because the date — 07.09.11 — is a correct sequence of odd numbers.

See: July is the seventh month of the year (seven is an odd number), today is the ninth day of July (nine, also an odd number), and it is the 11th year of the 21st century (11, yet another odd number). And thus — 07.09.11 — Odd Day.

Gordon said three consecutive odd numbers make up the date only six times in a century.

After today, only two days remain in this parade of Odd Days, which began with Jan. 3, 2005 — or 01.03.05. He said the previous stretch of dates such as this started with 01.03.1905, 13 months after the Wright Brothers’ flight.

As has been tradition with these interesting numerical holidays — Gordon cited Groundhog Day 2004 (or Feb. 2, 2004, or 02.02.04 as Square Root Day, i.e., two is the square root of four, two multiplied by two is four — Gordon is offering a prize for groups who create interesting ways to celebrate Odd Day.

This year, he is offering the date in dollars — $791.10 — to be shared by the winners. Prizes will be distributed to those who involve the most people in the Oddest Parade of Odd Characters, write the best Odd Ode, or create the best Odd Celebrations.

The Gordons’ daughter, Rachel, a June graduate from the University of California-Davis, is sponsoring a Facebook event, which can be found on Facebook under “events” and then “Odd Day.”

But how does one celebrate Odd Day? Gordon offers a number of suggestions.

“It’s a great day to do your odds ‘n ends, give a friend a high-five, root for the odds-on-favorite, read the ‘Wizard of Odds,’ watch the ‘Odd Couple,’ say aaaahd in the doctor’s office, look for sea odders, find that missing odd sock and beat the odds,” he said. 

“Odd Days are the unsung numerical peace-keepers,” Gordon added. “if it wasn’t for odd numbers, all the even numbers would bump into each other.”

He also offered “An Odd Ode:
“Three Odds in a row will light up our sky
“Bringing sparkle and fun to the 9th of July
“Like calendar comets these days are so great
“Just two more like this, then a 90-year wait!”

You can also check out Gordon’s other oddities at oddday.net.

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