7/7/7 Means Nothing

There’s a mass rush of weddings that will be taking place on July 7th, 2007. 7/7/7.

And to the brides and grooms who were scrambling to book a church or hall for that date years ago, and to those who are now doing the same for 8/8/8, let me just take a breath and say this:

Stop it.

Stop the lunacy. There’s nothing special about those days. You’re just making life harder for people helping you plan the wedding.

To no one’s surprise, there are people who think that day is lucky:

Like many brides-to-be who successfully secured a location for July 7, Alice Lee, 28, insists that she isn’t superstitious. The magic date was really for her Chinese mother-in-law, who sets store by such things.

“But seven is my lucky number,” Lee admitted. “At least it’s better than getting married on 6/6/6/.”

And this lady is probably going to breed one day.

No, a 6/6/6 wedding is no different from a 7/7/7 wedding, and neither is any different from an 8/8/8 wedding. And none of those days is any better than a Friday the 13th wedding.

As a person who knows there’s no such thing as lucky numbers and doesn’t buy into idiotic superstitions, I just want to shake these people out of their delusions.

They make it sound like if they got wed a day later, their marriage wouldn’t be as special.

Reporters aren’t calling them out on it, either. Some are joining in on the idiocy. Here’s a line from an article by Kayce T. Ataiyero of the Baltimore Sun:

That 7/7/07, a date that occurs only once a century, falls on a Saturday, during a popular month for weddings, is creating the perfect storm of love, according to wedding professionals.

Believe it or not, today’s date of 6/28/07 also occurs only once a century!

Shocking, I know. Now, go! Run and get married before the sun sets!

I kind of feel good knowing there are companies out there taking advantage of these moronic couples for their money or for free publicity.

Take this hotel, for example:

On the higher end, the Ritz-Carlton New York in Central Park has the Lucky No. 7 wedding package. For a group of 77, it’s offering a seven-bottle champagne toast, a seven-tier wedding cake and seven Tiffany & Co. diamonds for the bride. Room 2007 will be available for the bridal party to get ready in, and afterward, the couple gets a seven-night honeymoon at any Ritz-Carlton hotel – all for $77,777. A seven-day advance payment is required.

Let me make this clear: If there’s a significant reason for choosing a 7/7/7 wedding date (like if July 7 was the date you first met your spouse), fine. I’m not talking about you.

But if anyone is doing it because it’s “lucky,” or because it’s an easy date to remember for an anniversary, that’s just pathetic.

For what it’s worth, China isn’t any better than America. They find seven to be unlucky. But eight is ok. So 8/8/8 weddings will be big there. And the Beijing Olympics will be starting at 8:00 p.m. on 8/8/8 as well.

Wouldn’t it be hilarious to see a study a year or two from now that tracked couples who got married on 7/7/7? I suspect the divorce rates would be no different than any other day.


[tags]atheist, atheism, superstition, wedding, 7/7/7, 8/8/8, Beijing, China, Alice Lee, Kayce T. Ataiyero, Baltimore Sun, Ritz-Carlton New York[/tags]

  • http://immortalityltd.blogspot.com Jake

    But if anyone is doing it because it’s “lucky,” or because it’s an easy date to remember for an anniversary, that’s just pathetic.

    I got married on April 1st because its easy to remember (its also a half-anniversary from the day we met).

    Plus, its fun to watch people when we tell them its our anniversary and they realize what day it is.

  • Desert Son

    What’s funny, too, is how it relates to the arbitrary nature of human codifications of time vs. the actual nature of time itself. That is, if we’d stratified calendars differently (and we have, very much, over time, e.g. Chinese calendar, Mayan calendar, Gregorian calendar, Julian calendar, post-Russian Revolution calendar, etc.) then 7 July 2007 wouldn’t actually fall on the moment in time upon which 7 July 2007 falls by current reckoning, despite the fact that the passage of time from one arbitrary moment to another remains unchanged.

    No kings,

    Robert

  • Vincent

    They’ve mucked about with the calendar so much it’s totally arbitrary. Plus it’s based on the alleged birthday of someone who probably didn’t even exist.

    I do remember when the headline on the paper said 01/01/00, but wondered why it didn’t say 01/01/01 the next year.
    My brother has a pet peeve about how the 21st century actually began on 01/01/01, contrary to popular belief.

    Personally what bothers me about the article is the phrase “perfect storm of love”.

  • http://off-the-map.org/atheist/ Siamang

    This reminds me of the time I had this dream that was all sevens. There were sevens everywhere I looked. It was kind of freaky. When I woke up I was pretty sure it was a premonition.

    And the wierd thing is that it was July 7th. So I went down to Santa Anita and put $777 on horse number seven in the seventh race.

    And what do you know! It came in seventh!

  • Darryl

    Ah, Hemant, have you never been in love? All reason goes right out the window. I’ve officiated for quite a few couples that, by my estimation, needed every advantage they could get. If the magic of the marriage ceremony is enhanced for these couples by a bit of numerological fantasy, so be it. The wedding business thrives on this kind of lunacy.

  • DMize

    I guess it’s official. People have finally run out of things to gripe about. That is the only possible excuse for this silly diatribe.

    Yawn…

  • Mmmkay

    Hmmm…I’m just wondering why you had to make a point of explaining all of this to begin with? Why waste your time? You wasted mine. Who are you to say that 7/7/7 is or isn’t a significant day in time? I’m just saying why should we listen to you? Can you look forward into time? I just wish I could get back the few mintues I wasted on reading this.

  • http://atheisthussy.blogspot.com/ Intergalactic Hussy

    Actually 7/7/7 is a big wedding date in Vegas. Guess it kind of makes sense. I would have preferred 6/6/6 just for “evil” factor. MUAHAHA!

    No I understand the point of this post…the masses are asses and we get annoyed with the stupid things people do… Not just do but do and redo and tell everyone they did it and tell everyone they should do it and that it should be done again…and so on

    Eh, but what’s the big deal with getting married?

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    It’s most likely the men behind it–it’ll be easier to remember their anniversaries.

  • Jen

    I would bet that there is a slightly higher divorce rate for these 7-7-7 brides, if only because it is a bigger stress and a bigger deal for the wedding to go on, with higher expectations and a larger post-wedding depression. I bet there is also higher debt because the wedding industry is probably going to charge these couples more.

  • http://20gramsoul.com Richard

    I’m all for arbitrary dates for weddings – that way, you’ve at least got an excuse when you forget the anniversary.

    Could you IMAGINE trying to talk your way out of forgetting an anniversary that happened on such an easy date to remember? ;)

  • http://bjornisageek.blogspot.com Bjorn Watland

    You’re killing me! I picked 8-8-08, because I didn’t want to forget the date, and it gave us over two years to be engaged. Not that I really thought I’d forget, but it just sounds cool. My parents were married on 7/7, now we’re 8/8, maybe it’s genetic?

  • HappyNat

    I just wish I could get back the few mintues I wasted on reading this.

    You enjoyed wasting your time so much, you decided to waste more if it making a comment? Good work, Champ.

    My wife is due to have her c-section on July 11th, I asked her if we could move it back a couple of days. she seemed fine with that until she saw the day I was talking about, Friday the 13th, then she said no to the idea. Oh well, I don’t care enough to even bring it up again, but it would have been fun to freak people out with my “devil baby”.

  • Mriana

    Superstitious lot, if you ask me. It’s a shame people don’t do more research on these things to find out the origins of such things.

  • Miko

    Superstitious lot, if you ask me. It’s a shame people don’t do more research on these things to find out the origins of such things.

    Doesn’t the nature of superstition itself imply that they won’t? ;-)

  • Chaim Krause

    Wouldn’t it be hilarious to see a study a year or two from now that tracked couples who got married on 7/7/7? I suspect the divorce rates would be no different than any other day.

    I will bet 7 people $7 that the divorce rate is 77%

    Unfortunately, your blog article will fall on deaf ears. The kind of people that believe there is a reason to get married on 7/7/7 are not the kind of people that will listen to reason.

  • Mriana

    This is true- they won’t listen to reason and they won’t do any research on it.

  • http://elliptica.blogspot.com Lynet

    In real life my initials are the same as the first three letters of my name. Does this have magical properties? No. But it’s still pretty cool. I’d be tempted by a 7/7/7 date. Or, say, a 6/7/8 one. Or any other special sequence. Not because it’s really lucky or anything, just because it sounds cool!

  • Miko

    In real life my initials are the same as the first three letters of my name. Does this have magical properties? No. But it’s still pretty cool.

    I can’t go as far as that, but the first letter of my name and my first initial are the same. ;-)

  • http://petersmagnusson.com Peter S Magnusson

    Aside from the arbitrary timing of the date 7/7/7, there’s the whole “what is special about 7″ thing. None of the main news sites seem to bother to point out the origins of the number (days of the week from the Sumerians, see my summary at http://petersmagnusson.com). Instead they invite numerologists (!) into the studio.

  • Richard Wade

    The rushing to get married on 7-7-7 is silly enough, but tomorrow there will be expectant parents all over the world trying to induce labor to get their babies born on that “magical” day. The same barbaric idiocy happened on August 8, 1988, especially in Asia, where the number 8 is considered lucky. How many infants were injured or killed will never be known.

    Superstition comes between stupidity and syphilis in the dictionary.

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  • Maronan

    As a person who knows there’s no such thing as lucky numbers…

    Well, if you’re betting on the outcome of a roll of two dice, then seven is a lucky number. After all, the greater the odds, the luckier you’ll be! :)

    Also, your post has shown that 7/7/07 is a bad day to get married; much worse than any other potential wedding dates. After all, you have to compete with all the superstitious people to get reservations anywhere, adding much more stress to the planning, which could cause harm to your marriage!

    Him: Oh, I think we should have red ribbons instead of pink ones. What do you think?
    Her: No. I’ve just spent six hours on the phone trying to book someplace for the reception for our wedding on July 7th, and I had to settle for Jake’s Discount House O’ Dinners And Weddings Or Summat.
    Him: OK, because you’d always said you liked red better than pink…
    Her: AND I just spent ten hours trying to find a limo. Only Bob’s Big Pickup Truck and Maybe Limo Or Something Rentals had anything. It was an old tractor with the word “Limo” painted on the side of it. And it cost $10,000.
    Him: OK, I was just thinking we could change the ribbons.
    Her: I booked the ribbons from Damon’s Lightly Used Tissue Paper Emporium, and he could only do it on the condition that we don’t change the order.
    Him: Oh well. I figured that since we both liked red…
    Her: He didn’t have red. It was either pink or army green.
    Him: Hm. Maybe we could find another place?
    Her: *CANG* (hits Him with frying pan)

  • Richard Wade

    Maronan,
    LOL!! Excellent!


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