Two Dozen Fascinating Facts about 12/12/12

Today is the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the current century. This occurence won’t roll around again any time soon, and we thought it would be fun to acknowledge the day with some fascinating facts about the fine number 12.

 

 

Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon.

The Beatles released a total of 12 studio albums.

The Western Zodiac and the Chinese Zodiac each have 12 signs.

King Arthur’s round table had 12 Knights plus himself.

There are normally twelve pairs of ribs in the human body.

There are 12 ounces in a troy pound (used for precious metals).

There are 12 constellations in the ecliptic (or signs of the zodiac).

In the former British currency system, there were twelve pence in a shilling.

In English, twelve is the largest number that has just one syllable.

There are 12 function keys on most PC keyboards.

There are 12 inches in a foot.

There are 12 face cards in a deck of cards.

Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions and 12 concepts for world service.

There are 12 months in a year.

There are 12 hours on the face of an analogue clock.

A dozen is a quantity that means twelve.

A gross is twelve dozen.

In the Bible, Jacob had 12 sons.

Jesus had twelve disciples.

Twelve tribes were started after Moses led his people out of Egypt.

A group of twelve things is called a duodecad.

There are 12 stars on the Flag of Europe.

Under British law, when you reach the age of 12 you can buy a pet.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Twelve Drummers Drumming.