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twelveToday, 12-12-12 is the last triple digit date of this century. And, believe it or not, there are huge plans underway on this day and many are reveling in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

There are widespread wedding plans, major concerts, and parties, all in celebration of this auspicious day.

So what’s so special about the number 12?

Numerologists believe that the number 12 adds up to 3 which signifies wealth, so making any money moves today would be fortuitous.

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Mathematically, the number 12 has a perfect number of divisors and the sum of its divisors are always a perfect number. There are also 12 inches in a foot.

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Wednesday also marks a milestone for the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI reached out for the first time ever via Twitter. The 85-year-old pontiff sent out blessings to his one million-plus Twitter fans: is having a sale in multiples of 12 starting at $12 on select shoes, clothing and accessories for one day only. Donut maker Krispy Kremes is offering customers the chance to buy a dozen donuts on this day and get another 12 free with a coupon located on their Facebook page. Pollo Tropical has a 12-12-12 meal deal for $12. Get a whole marinated chicken, large black beans and rice with rolls from 4 to 8 p.m. at participating restaurants.

(No coupon is necessary)

Jack in the Box (JACK) will be selling tacos at participating locations for just 12 cents each between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight on this day with a six taco limit. Starbucks is ending its “12 Days of Christmas” promotion on 12-12-12 and their final deal is 40% off a six-pack of their Cranberry Bliss Bars, which have a cult following. McDonald’s is selling its signature Big Mac for $1.12 to mark the special date at participating locations.

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Here are some more fun facts:

The human body has 12 cranial nerves and the first part of the intestines, the duodenum, is 12 inches long. There are also 12 pairs of ribs in the body.

There are 12 months in a year in most calendar systems. There are also  twenty-four hours in a day in all, with twelve hours for a half a day.

Zodiac signs in Western and Chinese civilizations have 12 symbols.

Scientifically speaking, a 12 on the Beaufort wind force scale is indicative of the maximum wind force of a hurricane. Twelve people have walked on the moon.

In religion, the number 12 is symbolic in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Christianity, the biblical Jacob had 12 sons who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The new testament states that Jesus had 12 apostles. In Orthodox Judaism, 12 signifies the age a girl matures (Bat Mitzvah).In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. In Twelver Shi’a Islam, there are twelve Imams, legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad.

In sports,the number 12 has been retired by some of this country’s greatest sportsmen such as NFL Hall of Famer, Joe Namath and New York Knicks basketball great Dick Barnett.

As far as technology, there are 12 keys in any standard digital telephone (1 through 9, 0, * and #), as well 12 function keys on most PC keyboards (F1 through F12).

There are 12 people who serve on a jury in all but four states.

Some great classic films contain the good old number 12 in their titles: “12 Angry Men,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “The Dirty Dozen.”

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