12:34 p.m.

It is either a conscience effort by some deep-dwelling part of my brain, or just a continual, frighteningly weird, coincidence:
I always seem to look up a clock, a watch, the time on a computer, a bank sign – fuck, anything that tells time – at exactly 12:34 p.m.
This happens several times a week.
Enough that I have, on occasion, played these numbers in the lottery (without a big payoff, but I hit a few bucks now and again).
Does this happen to anyone else out there?
It happened most recently on Wednesday. I was driving back from running errands, when I looked at a bank time and temperature sign. It blinked 12:34 p.m. I looked at my watch (which links itself automatically to the atomic clock in Boulder four times a day) and it confirmed the time: 12:34 p.m.
(I have a thing about time; yes, SkiGirl it’s all part of being orderly and anal-retentive. I have my good traits, too.)
But being conscious of a certain point of time in a 24-hour period is just eerie.
So last night, during that soft portion of the day just before sleep (I like that line, but will retire it with this post), I pondered what 12:34 p.m. might mean in my life.
And I’ve come up with a plausible explanation.
It’s a good theory, anyway.
I was born at 12:29 p.m. on March 20, 1963; I think I became conscious – sentient, self-aware – at 12:34 p.m. (those five minutes from birth to sentience were spent kicking and screaming in some red-faced whirl of animalistic rage, as nurses wiped me off and suctioned out my mouth and nasal cavity).
My mother liked to tell the story of my birth; we shared an interesting bond, since she said I was the only child she had out of five without the use of heavy doses of pain medication.
She was aware.
I became aware.
Just like this:
“They put you in the bassinet and wheeled you up to me,” she said. “You had this serious look on your face and then you looked me up and down – like you were sizing me up – and you shut your eyes and went to sleep.
The time: 12:34 p.m.
I’m sure of it.


Anonymous said...


Doesn't matter if it's AM or PM.

Unknown said...

i see 12:34 everywhere i go, and have started seeing it in figures as well as time. I told a friend about it to share the insanity and now he can't stop seeing it either. hence i googled it to see if any crazy b******** were seeing it to.

Anonymous said...

I only started noticing that same kind of sync when you look up at the clock and its 12:34 pm or am. Happens at work and home like a timing thing... what makes you look at the clock wherever you are and its 12:34

TripluMe said...

me 2
I see 12:34 about three times a week
I also see 11:11 14:14 and others like that.

Any idea why we see 12:34 so often ?

Bill Totolo said...

Same here. Started Googling it. Here's what I came up with:


also, I'm particularly fond of this one:


Anonymous said...

Well, to find this page means I'm googling for 12:34...

scary to see that there's a conversation about this thing.

it actually makes me insane, it happens at least 3 times a week, sometimes even more often.

The scariest thing though was one day with no 12:34. I have a band and at the moment we finished our first demo I wanted to record day and time. 02 of February, 17:17. and all the day went with double numbers. and an other day when all the time reminders (time, cd playtime, etc) contained double numbers with only th following digits: 0, 1, 2. scary

however, those were only 2 days of my life. in my everyday life I always find 12:34 and the number 27 (the 27 number thing is actually the most insane coincidence) in front of me.

Anonymous said...

I just woke up out of a dead sleep, looked at the alarm clock and it was 12:34. It's always 12:34 ITS DRIVING ME INSANE! Weather im in my car driving, hanging around in the house, or trying to sleep. I've had enough I had to come online and check it out.

Anonymous said...

Yep, NY Port Authority Clock, just a few minutes agoo again, etc etc etc 12:34 pm again!!

sml said...

Happens to me too, everyday in fact. Mostly pm but if I'm awake at night ill see the am as well.

Ronny said...

a mi tambien me pasa esto ,y es cada vez mas seguido, mi nombre es Ronny, desde Costa Rica

Ronny said...


Vendetta said...

happened to land up on dis page after googling for 12:34...same experience..happens to me quite often..morning as well as at night..more frequently at night