Today is the longest day of the year! And so is tomorrow!
Yes, I know the equinox was two days ago. Nonetheless:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-THIRD THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-FOURTH
[ed: not "twenty-second" -- thanks, Elizabeth!]
A tie, as you see, with 29 letters each. Or 31 symbols if you count the punctuation. Which I do; surely
SEVENTEENTHby a hyphen?
The ideal candidate would be a
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-SEVENTH. But we won't have one of those until 2017.
For runners-up this year, we have several candidates:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY TWENTY-EIGHTH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY TWENTY-FIFTH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY TWENTY-EIGHTH TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-SEVENTH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER TWENTY-SIXTH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER TWENTY-EIGHTH WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER TWENTY-FIFTH SATURDAY, NOVEMBER TWENTY-EIGHTH
Those are 30 symbols each. Much too common, really.
Let's stick with discussing today (and tomorrow). I would propose a new title for these two interesting days -- the
ONLY 2009 DAYS WHICH NEED 31 SYMBOLS. Unfortunately my paradoctor is running towards me, waving some sort of paper and screaming, so I'll have to break this post off and find out what she wants.
Comments imported from Gameshelf
Elizabeth (Sep 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM):
Great post - really enjoyed this fun fact! However, you should replace "second" with "fourth," as this year, September 24 is Thursday.
Andrew Plotkin (Sep 23, 2009 at 10:27 AM):
You're right! Fixed. Thanks.
(Looks like it's a good day for Gameshelf typoes. Although Jmac got smacked worse than I.)
JAC (Sep 23, 2009 at 10:48 AM):
Also, though it of course doesn't affect the length of the spellings and all, the longest day of the year is the summer solstice, right -- not the autumn equinox? (Maybe this was an extra level of humor that I didn't get.)
Andrew Plotkin (Sep 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM):
No, that was me just not paying attention. Wow.
(Plus we just had summer -- it's warm here in Boston -- whereas June was cool and rainy this year.)