### A Prime Example: Today

ah hum.

any of you, hmmm, notice, perhaps,

today's date?

january third, two thousand-five. right?

also written 01.03.05, or even 1.3.5.

notice anything? anything at all?

ah. yes. mmmm. you see it now, dont you?

that is right! today's date, in shorthand, is full of prime numbers*.

1*,3,5

* DILEMMA

is one a prime number? i dunno, but in some places that i have looked a prime number is defined as:

a number that is only divisible by one and itself, which means that one is a prime number;

however, in other places a prime number is defined as:

a number larger than one that is divisble only by one and itself, which means that one is not prime.

perhaps my base intimacy with math prevents me from knowledgably qualifying the question, "is one a prime number," and therefore preventing me from ever learning the truth.

any of you, hmmm, notice, perhaps,

today's date?

january third, two thousand-five. right?

also written 01.03.05, or even 1.3.5.

notice anything? anything at all?

ah. yes. mmmm. you see it now, dont you?

that is right! today's date, in shorthand, is full of prime numbers*.

1*,3,5

* DILEMMA

is one a prime number? i dunno, but in some places that i have looked a prime number is defined as:

a number that is only divisible by one and itself, which means that one is a prime number;

however, in other places a prime number is defined as:

a number larger than one that is divisble only by one and itself, which means that one is not prime.

perhaps my base intimacy with math prevents me from knowledgably qualifying the question, "is one a prime number," and therefore preventing me from ever learning the truth.

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