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Re: allballs

From: Michael Fuhr <mike(at)fuhr(dot)org>
To: Merlin Moncure <merlin(dot)moncure(at)rcsonline(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: allballs
Date: 2005-01-24 20:06:45
Message-ID: 20050124200645.GA6126@winnie.fuhr.org (view raw or flat)
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On Mon, Jan 24, 2005 at 02:28:48PM -0500, Merlin Moncure wrote:

> I have to ask this...why is 'allballs' accepted as a literal for time?

"Allballs" is slang for "all zeros" because zeros look like balls.
You hear it sometimes in environments that use a 24-hour clock
(communications, military, etc.).  Here's an example:

http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/basics/bsf2-3.html

I don't know that "allballs" is specified in any standard, so I
suspect that somebody who used the term added it to PostgreSQL
(or whatever it was called at the time) for convenience.

-- 
Michael Fuhr
http://www.fuhr.org/~mfuhr/

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