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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Social Security Numbers 
Answer/Pointer: Q: Do the digits in a Social Security number mean anything, or are they just randomly assigned? A: Both. To ordinary people, the nine numbers of a person's Social Security card don't mean anything. But the first three digits tell government officials where the cardholder lived when the card was requested. The two middle numbers are a code officials can use to spot phony numbers (valid numbers follow a pattern only they know). The last four numbers are randomly assigned so that no two people have the same number. 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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