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Now that's odd

Seems that it would be a more common occurrence, but it isn’t: This Saturday, 7-9-11, qualifies as an “odd day.” That’s a date on which the day, month and year are consecutive odd numbers. It happens but six times in a century.

Our odd-day guru, teacher Ron Gordon of Redwood City, Calif., notes that this happy confluence of consecutive numerical bliss will occur but twice more this century (on 9-11-13 and 11-13-15). After that, we’ll have to wait 90 years. (That is, some of you will wait ... 2015 likely will be our final flirtation with Odd Day.)

As usual, Gordon and his artist wife (you can see her fun drawing at www.oddday.net) offer a number of thoughts to ponder on Odd Day. To wit: Why does “odd” have an odd number of letters, while “even” has an even number? Why, when you add two odd numbers, does the answer come out even? Of course, puns abound on the page. (“Look for sea odders.”) (Get it?)

This year, there is even a Facebook event for Odd Day, hosted by Gordon’s daughter Rachel, a recent University of California-Davis grad. The celebration includes an invitation to enter a contest with a somewhat oddly numbered cash prize ($791.1) for such things as writing an Odd Ode.

Those who “attend” such a gathering, while we wouldn’t like to brand them as, er, odd (and, writing this column, do we have standing to call such folks “them”?), do have what some might consider a different way of looking at things. For instance, one wall-writer muses, “It’s hard to believe Square Root Day (2/2/04) was seven years ago.” We say “some might consider” that an odd comment because once we read it, we fondly remembered Square Root Day with a hint of nostalgia ourselves and did indeed find it difficult to believe seven years had elapsed.

On his website devoted to Odd Day, Gordon explains why he celebrates Odd Day but not its opposite.

“It’s one thing to encourage folks to do something odd for fun. But it’s very different to urge them to get even with someone.”

Odd things for Odd Day: Share it with friends, “It’s kind of like a secret that you can’t help sharing. A little math, a little smile, a little fun —?that’s Odd Day!”

We’re awed.