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Dumb question number 247

Sorry if this is a stupid question (warning: posts starting like this *are* always stupid questions =)

There was a thread here in JOS explaining why '101' was used to mean 'introduction to' or 'the basics of' something.

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=101063&ixReplies=7

Is there any similar meaning for the number '247'? (like in Matthew Raynolds' .NET 247). I'm not sure, but I think I have seen it or heard it anyware else used like a special number..

http://www.dotnet247.com/247reference/default.aspx

..or I am being just too paranoid?

.NET Developer
Thursday, January 29, 2004

24/7

24 hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 29, 2004

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although it seems like there really should be punctuation between the 24 and the 7.

Exception guy
Thursday, January 29, 2004

*ouch*

see... I told you it was a dumb question.

thanks =)

.NET Developer
Thursday, January 29, 2004

anyone know where it came from?
I first saw it in France in the mid 90's, but it may have been there a long time: 7 sur 7 or 24 sur 24.
Then in hiphop slang, 24/7.
Now it's everwhere.

mb
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Oh, I dunno, I think it's much older than that. I'm not sure when it replaced "We Never Close" or "Round The Clock" but I would imagine it started with a store somewhere.

I bet this is the kind of obscure trivia Joel would know.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 29, 2004

My understanding is that the term originally came from all-night supermarkets and the like, and was initially an almost boring statement of fact.

In the early 90's the usual wanker club - big consultants - picked it up and started using it as a badge of honour in describing availability.

From there it went into common usage.


Thursday, January 29, 2004

If stores are 24/7, why do they have locks on the door?


Thursday, January 29, 2004

http://www.gadzillionthings.net/Think36.html

"Why do they put up signs that read "wet floor" then get really mad when you do?"

etc.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 29, 2004

By the way, I am *NOT* Don F.   

"Why are all the fast food restaurants shutting down and not opening again until July 24th? You know, as it indicates on their signs that say 'Open 24/7'? (Contributed by Don F.) "

<g>

.NET Developer
Thursday, January 29, 2004

What about the stores that are "Open 24 hours."

Do they mean the store has been open for exactly 24 hours so far, or will be closed by the same time tomorrow?

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 29, 2004

> If stores are 24/7, why do they have locks on the door?

Because of daylight saving time.... there is one day in a year that has 25 hours. So the store must obviously be closed for an hour

SCNR
Rene

René Nyffenegger
Thursday, January 29, 2004

24/7 doesn't imply they're open 365 (or 366) days a year. It just implies that, generally speaking, they're open continuously.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Thursday, January 29, 2004

I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours." He said, "Yes, but not in a row."

ObligatoryStephenWright
Thursday, January 29, 2004

>> Because of daylight saving time....

That doesn't hold up, Rene. There is a also 23-hour day... :)

Alex.ro
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Mark - Steven Wright said it best:
"I went to a store that said 'Open 24 Hours.' They were locking the door when I got there. I said 'your sign says open 24 hours'"
"The guy replied 'not in a row.'"

Philo

Philo
Thursday, January 29, 2004

I go to a gym called 24 Hour Fitness.

They're open from 6am to 10pm

pdq
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Yeah, that is more clever.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, January 29, 2004

I always thought 101 = one on one.

Alonso
Friday, January 30, 2004

>>If stores are 24/7, why do they have locks on the door?

The answer I read in Japan, was because of the occasional hurricane :-)

FredF
Friday, January 30, 2004

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