Ah, it is now one of those fleeting moments, when all the numbers of date and time line up- we get them only in the beginning of ever century, so this is the last one for most of us…

And, as people who knew me from the Green House days in Ypsi, Twelve has always been one of my favorite numbers.  So, for this moment, I thought I would have a quick list of the 12s- after all, it seems to be a favored number for numerological and narrative purposes as well:

*  There are 12 constellations in the ecliptic (or Signs of the Zodiac).

*  There are twelve ‘ Jyotirlingas’ (epitome of God Shiva) in Hindu Shaivism. The shaivites (orthodox devotees of God Shiva) treat them with great respect and these are visited by almost every pious Hindu at least once in a lifetime. The number 12 is very important in many religions, mainly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also found in some older religions and belief systems.

*  In Antiquity there are numerous magical/religious uses of twelves. Ancient Greek religion, the Twelve Olympians were the principal gods of the pantheon. The chief Norse god, Odin, had 12 sons. Several sets of twelve cities are identified in history as a dodecapolis, the most familiar being the Etruscan League. In the King Arthur Legend, Arthur is said to have subdued 12 rebel princes and to have won 12 great battles against Saxon invaders.

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

* In English, twelve is the number of greatest magnitude that has just one syllable.

*  The importance of 12 in Judaism and Christianity can be found in the Bible. The biblical Jacob had 12 sons, who were the progenitors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, while the New Testament describes twelve apostles of Jesus; when Judas Iscariot was disgraced, a meeting was held (Acts) to add Matthias to complete the number twelve once more. (Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.)

* King Arthur’s round table had 12 knights plus King Arthur himself.

*  Twelve people have walked on Earth’s moon.

* 12 face cards in a card deck.

*  The Book of Jude contains much numerical symbolism, and a lot of the numbers mentioned have 12 as a divisor. 12:1 mentions a woman — interpreted as the people of Israel, the Church or the Virgin Mary — wearing a crown of twelve stars (representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel). Furthermore, there are 12,000 people sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, making a total of 144,000 (which is the square of 12 multiplied by a thousand).

*  In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)

*  The Twelve Labours of Hercules

*  The Colonies of Man and the Cylon Models in (both and the new, respectively) Battlestar Galactica both number twelve.

*  12 inches in a foot.

*  In Orthodox Judaism, 12 signifies the age a girl matures (bat mitzvah)

*  Imāmah (Arabic: إمامة) is the Shī‘ah doctrine of religious, spiritual and political leadership of the Ummah. The Shī‘ah believe that the A’immah (“Imams”) are the true Caliphs or rightful successors of Muḥammad, and Twelver and Ismā‘īlī Shī‘ah further that Imams are possessed of supernatural knowledge, authority, and infallibility (‘Iṣmah) as well as being part of the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of Muhammad. Both beliefs distinguish the Shī‘ah from Sunnis.

* The Twelve Tables or Lex Duodecim Tabularum, more informally simply Duodecim Tabulae was the ancient legislation underlying Roman law.

* In the United States, twelve people are appointed to sit on a jury for felony trials in all but four states, and in federal and Washington, D.C. courts. The number of jurors gave the title to the play (and subsequent films) Twelve Angry Men.

* The United States of America is divided into twelve Federal Reserve Districts (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco); American paper currency has serial numbers beginning with one of twelve different letters, A through L, representing the Federal Reserve Bank from which the currency originated.

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

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

*  There are 12 days of Christmas. The song Twelve Days of Christmas came from the traditional practice of extending Yuletide celebrations over the twelve days from Christmas day to the eve of Epiphany; the period of thirteen days including Epiphany is sometimes known as Christmastide. Thus Twelfth Night is another name for the twelfth day of Christmas or January 5 (the eve of Epiphany). Similarly, Eastern Orthodoxy observes 12 Great Feasts.

*  In Twelver Shi’a Islam, there are twelve Imams, legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad. These twelve early leaders of Islam are—Ali, Hasan, Husayn, and nine of Husayn’s descendants.

*  In Quran, the Sura number 12 is Sura Yusuf (Joseph), and it is located in Juz’a (Arabic : الجزء) number 12. This Sura narrates the story of Prophet Yusuf and his 12 brothers.

So, how else can you write “12”?

١٢ Arabic
ԺԲ Armenian
১২ Bangla
ΔΙΙ Attic Greek
יב Hebrew
१२ Indian (Devanāgarī)
十二 Chinese and Japanese
௧௨ Tamil
Ⅻ Roman and Etruscan
๑๒ Thai
IIX Chuvash
١٢ Urdu
ιβʹ Ionian Greek
൧൨ Malayalam

For an endpoint, the beginning of the Wiki on 12- for some info on the word itself:

12 is the natural number following 11 and preceding 13. It is the twelviest of number of all.
The word “twelve” is the largest number with a single-morpheme name in English. Etymology suggests that “twelve” arises from the Germanic compound twalif “two-leftover”, so a literal translation would yield “two remaining [after having ten taken]”. This compound meaning may have been transparent to speakers of Old English, but the modern form “twelve” is quite opaque. Only the remaining tw- hints that twelve and two are related.
A group of twelve things is called a duodecad. The ordinal adjective is duodenary, twelfth. The adjective referring to a group consisting of twelve things is duodecuple.
The number twelve is often used as a sales unit in trade, and is often referred to as a dozen. Twelve dozen are known as a gross.

...  Maybe I'll do something on thirteen at a random point in the future...

(Yes, working on it a bit- time kinda caught up to me- irony....)