In honor of the 347th day of the year, here’s what Dec. 12, 2012 has to offer:

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* Dec. 12 is the last of the repeating dates until Jan. 1, 2101. Repeating dates (like 12/12/12) can, for obvious reasons, only occur in the first 12 years of a century.

* 12 men have walked on the moon.

* At 12:12:12 p.m., the day will offer fans of the number 12 a whopping six repeats! 12/12/12 12:12:12. Nice.

* The Beatles released a total of 12 studio albums.

* Dec. 12 has been an auspicious day for the arts. “Madame Bovary” author Gustave Flaubert was born on the date in 1821, as well as the ‘ol blue-eyed crooner Frank Sinatra (1915), as San-Jose seeking Dionne Warwick (1940), and jazz drummer extraordinaire, Tony Williams (1945).

* In the Bible, Jacob had 12 sons and Jesus had 12 disciples.

*  But perhaps most fascinating of all, Dec. 12 is National Ambrosia Day; once known as food to the gods, now known as canned fruit combined with Cool Whip, sweetened coconut, mini-marshmallows, and the food-dye bombs called maraschino cherries. Which leads us to think that perhaps Dec. 12 would have made a good candidate for doomsday after all.

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