Here's to August 8 2008

Today we are celebrating a momentous date – it’s 08/08/08, an occurrence we could not let pass unremarked. And it has the added advantage of working out whether you’re using the civilised British formula or the utterly counterintuitive American one ;- ))

The New York Times is celebrating with a collection of serendipitous and little-known facts about the number eight – for instance, did you know that there are eight separate forms of sexual indulgence that you need to conquer to achieve enlightenment? Merely not fornicating is insufficient.

Or that the eight virtues required of Knights Templar included loyalty and generosity? Lovers of inconsequential but fascinating facts should click here to view the full set >>