## Geek Series: Infinity Day

# History of Infinity Day: Why is it on August 8?

## Who Came Up With The Idea?

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3 min readAug 8, 2024

Infinity Day, also known as **Universal & International Infinity Day**, is a commemoration held on the 8th day of the 8th month of each year to celebrate and promote Philosophy and Philosophizing for the ordinary person.

# Why 8 is significant:

- 8 is the atomic number of Oxygen.
- 8 is the maximum number of electrons that can occupy a valence shell in atomic physics.
- 8 people were saved in the Flood at the time of Noah.
- 8th day: Jesus was circumcised, as the
*brit mila*is held for Jewish boys. - 8 is the number of legs a spider or octopus has.
- 8 is the number of planets in the Solar System. (Pluto got demoted to dwarf planet)
- 8 is 2 cubed.
- 8 follows 7 but stops before 9, making it the only non-zero perfect
*power*that is one less than another perfect*power*. - 8 is the basis of the octal system, each digit representing 3 bits. A byte is 8 bits.
- 8 displayed horizontally is the symbol of infinity; its symbol is also called a
*“lemniscate”*: ∞