Speaking of numbers, Twitter was abuzz last night about the meaning of the metallic numeral 6 lapel pin Tom Hanks was wearing when he took the stage. “It was for the veterans’ ‘got your 6′ campaign,” we were informed by Hanks’ publicist this morning, with no further explanation. Based on our parsing of military jargon, the term “I’ve got your 6″ derives from pilots’ use of clock points to describe directions. For example, if a plane is at your 12 o’clock, that would put it directly in front of you. If it’s at your 6 o’clock, it’s directly behind you, so someone who says they’ve “got your 6 o’clock” is essentially letting you know they’ve “got your back,” i.e. they’re looking out for you. Although Hanks’ camp hasn’t provided any additional details as to the provenance of the pin — or what veterans’-related group, cause or upcoming campaign it might be for — there could hardly have been a higher-profile lapel top serve as its launchpad. That’s why we feel pretty certain there will be all sorts of sixs popping up in can’t-miss locations before our curiosity is finally satisfied. You can read the full article by clicking here.
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