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10-10-10 in the news

San Jose Mercury News: Volunteers join global 10-10-10 activists to combat global warming
By Sharon Noguchi

At San Jose State, students framed solar panels for an experimental zero-emissions house. In Milpitas, advocates talked up "personal rapid transit" that promises to provide efficient, 24-hour-a-day transportation networks. And in East Palo Alto, volunteers built raised vegetable beds in the backyards of 10 low-income families.

Silicon Valley on Sunday rolled up its sleeves to join the 10-10-10 Global Work Party, intended to not only draw attention to the need to combat climate change but also to do something about it. The 24 events in Santa Clara County and 400 in California were among 7,000 get-down-and-dirty events worldwide coordinated by the climate-action group 350.org.

As volunteers tilled the soil, hammered boards and planted mangroves, they uploaded photos to beam their accomplishments around the globe. In Afghanistan, students planted trees outside Kabul. In Kazakhstan, activists held a bicycling competition for children. And in Ghana, volunteers planted trees.
While the activists had the future of the planet in mind, others were thinking of their future lives together.



The Epoch Times: 10/10/10: An Auspicious Day for Newlyweds
By Angela Wang
Epoch Times Staff

10/10/10—Tens of thousands of couples from all around the world got married on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.

On just about every continent and regardless of the culture, a large number of grooms and brides exchanged their vows.

It is a well-known tradition in China to select an auspicious day for marriage. The Chinese have a saying called “tens make full circles.” When translated from Chinese to English, 10/10/10 translates into perfect luck or "perfection," so having three 10s in a row is considered by many to be a very good omen for newlywed couples.
The Epoch Times article referenced the next one, so here it comes.

Newark Star-Ledger: Thousands of marrying couples make 10/10/10 a date to remember
Rohan Mascarenhas/The Star-Ledger

Polhemus will be wed today — Oct. 10, 2010 — in Holmdel, one of more than 32,000 couples scheduled to marry across the nation on the quirky date, according to theweddingchannel.com and theknot.com, two wedding websites.

Couples planning for their nuptials like dates with consecutive numbers. Today is set for the highest number of weddings since July 7, 2007, when roughly 54,000 brides strode down the aisle.

By contrast, on the same October day last year, slightly more than 5,000 couples exchanged vows.

...

For the newly engaged, fret not: wedding companies are already reporting reservations for 11/11/11 and 12/12/12, the last two possible dates with consecutive numbers this century.
I also quoted the previous article to keep the article from The Epoch Times separated from the next one. Xinhua is the official Chinese news service; The Epoch Times is published by supporters of the Falun Gong.

Xinhua: Tens of thousands of Chinese love birds tie knot on "perfect day"

BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of lovers across China tied the knot on Sunday, the auspicious "10.10.10" day (Oct.10, 2010), as Chinese believe three "10"s in a row means absolute perfection.

Choosing auspicious dates to get married is a time-honored custom in China. At weddings, perfection can be symbolized in images of the moon, the number 10, or a 10-layered wedding cake.

In Shanghai, 10,150 couples had registered for marriage at civil affairs offices by 6 p.m., or about 33 times the figure on an average day. It also set a new daily record in Shanghai, exceeding the marriage registries on "9.9.9" day (Sept. 9, 2009) and "8.8.8" day (Aug. 8, 2008) -- two other auspicious days popular among newly-weds.


The L.A. Times had yet another way to celebrate the day.

10 entertainment lists for 10-10-10

10 stars who had found success by age 10, TV's top 10 moments (so far) this year and 10 celebrity scandals are among our 10 lists of pop-culture prowess to celebrate 10-10-10. In recognition of the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of this century, the Times staff pulled together 10 lists in 10 categories of their choosing. And if you think they missed something, remember, hindsight is 20-20.
Ah, yes, the L.A. Times, amusing itself and its readers to death. Thank you for reminding me why I call my former home town La La Land.
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