Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Zeros and fives

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor 64 years ago today, but you won't hear as much about the anniversary this year as you did in 2001, or as you will next year. There's just something about base-10 that makes people treat multiples of zero and five as more important.

As for this year's anniversary, it finds most of the living Pearl Harbor survivors, 68 of whom are known to live in Alabama, in their 80s. One survivor's unfazed reaction to the dearth of observances today: "It's going to be just a gone day. ... But that's life. Maybe next year we'll kick up something big."

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