Is the online going to close? Signals all-around Seattle beg the query ahead of distinctive day, 12022021

A variation on the “internet ends” signs popping up close to Seattle. This a single was alongside the Burke-Gilman Path in Fremont. (GeekWire Image / Todd Bishop)

If the web finishes this 7 days, this story and any evidence that I bothered to assume about this, is heading to go with it. But for now, although the lights are still on … what is with the indicators close to Seattle stating that the “internet ends” on Thursday?

Working with the web, I poked all around to check out to locate some responses.

Initially of all, Thursday is not just any Thursday. It is 12022021, and which is a palindrome date and there are a bunch of them this year — 22 in actuality — that go through the similar forward and backward.

“The only two yrs in a century that include 22 palindrome dates are the ones ending with 11 and 21,” Dr. Aziz Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the College of Portland, instructed the Farmers’ Almanac. “The calendar year 2011 experienced 22, and in the following century, they will be discovered in 2111 and 2121.”

There are 9 straight 5-digit palindrome dates starting Wednesday, functioning 12-1-21 to 12-9-21. Thursday is viewed as the longest, at 8 digits, when typed out as 12022021.

None of this describes that the net will close in some Y2K-style freakout since of some strung-collectively figures. But it has meme’d itself into the consciousness of some in Seattle who are spotting weird signals and posting about it on Twitter and Reddit.

Somebody wrote a letter to The Stranger editor in July (that past tweet earlier mentioned) immediately after spotting a indicator on a North Seattle freeway overpass.

On the Reddit sub r/SeattleWA, a image posted previous thirty day period from the corner of Mercer Avenue and Boren Avenue appears to be to demonstrate a gentleman attaching just one of the symptoms to a visitors pole. Below in the heart of the South Lake Union community, where Amazon has built a minimal business enterprise working with the world-wide-web, the end of these types of an company may possibly be a little something for execs at the tech giant to check out closely.

“I’m sure it is a paid gig for viral advertising. No bored teen has the funds to be obtaining signal mounting supplies,” just one Redditor mentioned.

Make it stop? A screengrab from

A web-site with a URL that sort of matches the symptoms options a map of the technological foundation of the online. And there’s a countdown clock. Stick around and hold out for that matter to expire and flip into a thing else at the possibility of your have web-viewing eyeballs.

The amusing issue about whatever this is — Marketing marketing campaign? Geeky tech-bro stunt? Actual real doom? — is that the reaction on Twitter and somewhere else to the visuals is kind of a collective “bring it on!”

When it arrives to a world with no world-wide-web (not just a spot in West Virginia with undesirable provider) people today feel … all set? Check out these Twitter replies:

“That’s a area I want to go to.”

“It can not probably occur speedy plenty of.”

“Oh thank God.”


As we have all misplaced sight of our very own electricity to move absent from the devices which provide us this dreaded world-wide-web, we’re left to cheer for a mysterious better electrical power to make the decision for us.

See ya Thursday?