Until the “5” on my microwave broke I really didn’t stop to think about how that would impact my day to day life. I could no longer heat up a cup of coffee for 55 seconds or set the timer for five minutes when I was boiling eggs (to rotate them). I’d also lose the ability to reset the clock to anything that contained the number 5 if the power went out.
Without the number 5 we’d only have 45 minutes in an hour but wait, it would only be 44 (or possibly 46 if we are skipping “5” like it never existed). Then the entire month of May would be wiped from the calendar; it is the 5th month of the year. The alternate to that is keeping May but using 06-01-2014 as the date so December would now be the thirteenth month and we’d celebrate Christmas on 13-25-2012 no .. not exactly because there’s a 5. That means Christmas would now have to be on 13-24-14 or 13-26-14.
National speed limits would change too. Sammy Hager would no longer be able to say “I Can’t Drive 55” because, well, no one would understand what he is saying. Of course, this could give drivers a lot of freedom to argue the speed that they were actually going. “Officer, when you figure in the time of day, the date, ambient temperature and incline plain of the road there is no way I could possibly be going more than 41 miles per hour”.
My system scan on my computer runs for exactly 5 minutes and 45 seconds which is enough time to run to the bathroom, brush my teeth and wash my hands. My dental hygiene would have to suffer or I’d have to skip washing my hands. You could never use the excuse, “I’ll be there in five minutes” again and you could never possibly be running five minutes late. Likewise you could never bust in to a room and announce, “I lost five pounds!” and let’s face it, saying you lose four pounds doesn’t seem like that big of a deal and saying you lost six pounds is the translation of saying, “I didn’t have the will power to wait until I lost ten pounds to shout that while you shoved another muffin in your mouth”.
So as we enter the fifth month of the year let’s all take a moment to silently thank this bold and brave number. It’s everywhere. At the gas station, on price tags, we visit it twice a day when we wake up and leave work, it’s a kids birthday celebration and so many other seemingly “trivial” events.