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The Blue Lotus: Is the date in October?

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#1 · Posted: 26 Sep 2006 02:29
Anyone want to venture an opinion on whether this frame indicates an October month? That is to say, does 18. X. 31 translate into October 18, 1931?

I have done some preliminary research on date formats, but if anyone wants to point me to a definitive source, I'd be grateful.

#2 · Posted: 26 Sep 2006 08:00
Dear Tintin Quiz....yes, it does translate into October 18 1931.

Goto link at below:

I take this excerpt from there:

Most countries use a day-month-year format, such as:
25.12.1998 25/12/1998 25/12-1998 25.XII.1998
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#3 · Posted: 26 Sep 2006 17:35
#4 · Posted: 27 Sep 2006 03:37
That's interesting. I've never seen a date written like that. In Australia we write it like this: 26/9/06 (date, month,year) and in Japan they write it like this: 06/9/26 (a little odd but makes sense when you remember they write from right to left).
I don't have a clue why the US would use 9/26/06. Makes no sense to me - logic or otherwise.
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#5 · Posted: 27 Sep 2006 07:44
In Sweden the japanese way is quite common 060926, but I have also seen it used in opposite order 260906 or another variant 26/9-06. The american way always make me uncertain when no number is above 12, like 02/05/06 wich to me at first sight would be the second of May but I guess should be the fifth of February.

I haven't seen the one with roman numerals ever, that I could remember, fascinating. I would have tought that the X was meant as a code. Just had a look in the new swedish translation and it says 18/10 1931 which is probably done to be very understandable in Sweden.

Which way is it written in the french original?
#6 · Posted: 27 Sep 2006 17:33
Tintin Quiz and all.

Have a look at this site:

It's all about ISO 8601. The international standard date and time notation.

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#7 · Posted: 30 Sep 2006 06:19
I don't have a clue why the US would use 9/26/06. Makes no sense to me - logic or otherwise.

Because we say "September 26th, 2006."

On my computer, I use 09 26 06 to avoid any problems with separators.

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