12 twelve things for 12/12/12


Today is December 12th, 2012: The 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012. Or 12/12/12. How could I resist making a list for such an auspicious day?¹ Here are 12 things featuring 12:⁴

  1. A dozen eggs: the standard number of eggs as they are sold, at least in the US and Great Britain. A standard egg cartons fit 12 eggs. (But they also come in other sizes.)
  2. A dozen roses: probably since they hatch out of eggs, roses are often also sold by the dozen. Rather than being sold in the egg carton packaging, which doesn’t hold up well to the egg sprouting, they are instead sold in bunches, and placed in vases.
  3. Cheaper by the Dozen: A biographical book by Frank Gilbreth about a family with 12 children, and subsequent adaptation to a 1950 movie of the same name. (The 2003 movie of the same name with Steve Martin is not based on that book, but also features a family with 12 children.)
  4. a dime a dozen: an idiom meaning “very commonplace.” As in: Those are nothing special. You can get them a dime a dozen. (Note that eggs, roses, and children all cost much more than a dime.)
  5. 12: the number of jurors on a US trial jury. 12 Angry Men (1957) is a movie about the jury on a murder trial. (Also remade in 1997.)
  6. Twelve Monkeys (1997): A movie directed by Terry Gilliam, and one of my personal favorites. It is not about 12 monkeys serving as jurors on a murder trial. That movie is called Twelve Angry Monkeys, and hasn’t been made. Yet.
  7. 12 days of Christmas: a period of festivities celebrated in many European Christian traditions that begins on December 25th. They are sometimes wrapped up by festivities on the 12th night, also known as Epiphany Eve.
  8. Twelfth Night: a comedy play by William Shakespeare.
  9. 12 step program: a program for addiction recovery.
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  11. 12-hour clock: the convention of dividing the day into 2 12-hour chunks, a.m. and p.m. As such, 12 is the number of hours on a standard analog clock, and 12-hour digital clocks (as opposed to clocks set for 24 hours). 12:00 (12 o-clock) is noon or midnight.
  12. 12th grade: The final year of the American secondary school system, also called senior year. There are 12 numbered grades in the American school system, plus kindergarten, which isn’t numbered. (There are also 12 grades in many other countries’ school systems.)
  13. Little Twelvetoes: a song from Schoolhouse Rock about aliens with 6 fingers on their hands and 6 toes on their feet, and discussing the implications for counting (namely the use of base 12). The original song/cartooon was from 1973, but I quite like the cover version by Chavez from the 1996 tribute album Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks:

¹ In the past, I made list for 7/7/7, 8/8/8, 9/9/9, and 10/10/10. I celebrated 11/11 on multiple occasions, including 11/11/11

² I didn’t celebrate 6/6/6 with a list, as I didn’t yet have this blog. Like wise for 5/5/5, 4/4/4, 3/3/3/, 2/2/2/, and 1/1/1.³

³ I have to say that this post is the last post that I am likely to post according to this pattern. While I may well choose to make a list of thirteen things, it will almost certainly not be on 13/13/13. Unless, of course, the calendar gets radically restructured next year such that we have a 13th month.

⁴ Really, more than 12, if you want to get picky. But 12 items on my list.⁵

⁵If I have 12 12 things, does that make this list a gross one?⁶

⁶ This footnote is here because I didn’t have room in my list for a foot, which has 12 inches.¹²

¹² And this one is here just to have a footnote 12.

image credits: eggs, roses, clock, 12 Monkeys

11 responses to “12 twelve things for 12/12/12

  1. Twelve Angry Monkeys!!! So looking forward to it!! Added giggles for relegating the Foot to a footnote.

  2. I could use a thirteenth month. And I appreciate getting a baker’s dozen when I go for bagels.

  3. Wow, Alejna. You really outdid yourself with this one! I agree with both Tammy and De Aufiero, but I think my favorite might’ve been the “gross” footnote. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some roses to hatch.

  4. I have read the book Cheaper by the Dozen and seen both movies. This makes me 12 times more nerdy than the average Grrrl.

  5. P.S My aunt and uncle lived next door and had 12 kids, the youngest of whom was already an uncle on the day he was born.

  6. Twelve reasons I adore your posts. Tomorrow is the 13th and my daughter and her family are coming home after almost six months away. My next post may be about being beside myself with joy.
    Hugs, and may your holidays be the best ever.
    M

  7. Twelve Angry Monkeys made me laugh out loud, but that version of Little Twelvetoes may have scarred me for life.

    Either way, I love your lists…nearly as much as your pants!

  8. K talked her speech therapist into throwing a party at school today. We brought a dozen of the following: sugar cookies, french bread slices, Lays Classic chips, CapriSun. It was wild. ;) We also listened to the 12 Days of Christmas.

  9. I love the Schoolhouse Rocks! Rocks! album. Now I need to listen to it again.

  10. How do I love you? Let me count the (dozen) ways.

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