Monday is 8-8-88 and residents of Eighty Eight, the southwestern Kentucky town 8.8 miles south of Glasgow, have gone eight-wild.
The U.S. Postal Service has sent a mobile post office from Louisville to help with the once-in-a-century chance for the special post mark.ABC's "Good Morning, America" broadcast a segment of its show from this small farming community of 150 residents. And, at 8:08 p.m., a couple from Casper, Wyo., plans to wed. That's 8:08 on 8-8-88 in Eighty Eight.
Legend has it that Kentucky's Eighty Eight was named by Dabnie Nunnally, a postmaster in the 1860s. He wanted to give the town a digital name, reached into his pocket, found 88 cents in change, and that was it.
Much of the revelry began Sunday, when, in anticipation of the date, residents and visitors clogged the town's only thoroughfare to watch a parade, buy souvenirs and have a piece of a commemorative cake - 8 feet, 8 inches long, 8.8 inches wide and 8.8 inches high.
The folks in Eighty Eight, though, were not the only ones celebrating the once-in-a-century date. Throughout Southeast Asia, Cantonese-speaking Chinese, who consider the number eight good luck since it sounds like the word for prosperity in their language, marked the day with weddings, business openings and lavish parties.
Hong Kong fortune tellers claim babies born on this date will be smarter than those born yesterday or tomorrow and will become richer to boot. Some hospitals geared up for maternity ward gridlock as women sought to bring their children into the world on the propitious day.
It was also a special day for Sylvia Torgerson of Ferryville, Wis., who came from a family of eight children and turned 88 years old today. In addition to her 11 children, she has 88 descendants, the family says.
In Kentucky, there was even a special commemorative menu at the Eighty Eight Market.
"I got a special 88-cent hamburger," said Pearl Russie of DeKalb, Ill. "Four cents tax makes 92, so there's 8 cents change. Good."
All over Hong Kong people and corporations celebrated Monday, hoping good fortune will befall them.
The new Bank of China "topped out" its 70th floor _ making it the tallest building in the territory. Officials of the communist Chinese-run bank denied they ever hoped to open for business today, but acknowledged privately "it would have been nice."