Robert Krulwich has many ideas on how to celebrate 12/12 (today), including paying a visit to the Dozenal Society of America’s website. Â Here are two more contributions to the “12” party. Â First, it’s “Rocks Number 12,” a 2-minute animated film that aired on Sesame Street in the early 1970s. Â This is my first memory of the number 12, and it’s the primary reason that (when I was growing up) 12 was my favorite number.
Indeed, if I were asked today to name a favorite number, I would still choose the number 12. Â Of course, this wasn’t the only moment that Sesame Street invited viewers to spend time with the number 12. Â As you may recall, another 12-themed animated short was “The Ladybugs’ Picnic”:
So, wasÂ Sesame Street was covertly advancing a dozenist agenda? Â Is Public Broadcasting propagandizing for mathematical radicals?Â Â If I ask enough ludicrous hypothetical questions, will concerned citizens argue for a full audit of Sesame Street‘s YouTube channel? Â Or have you stopped reading this in order that you may scroll back up and play the happy videos? Â I know I have. Â I stopped reading this, oh, a dozen sentences ago.