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inconsistent output using date()

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http://www.unix.com – I have an input list of: Quote: 2/10/2012 9:19 PM EST 2/10/2012 8:48 PM EST 2/16/2012 2:49 PM EST 2/16/2012 6:06 PM EST 2/14/2012 8:30 PM EST 2/13/2012 2:44 PM EST 2/13/2012 6:06 PM EST 2/14/2012 4:36 PM EST 2/11/2012 7:01 PM EST 2/16/2012 11:48 AM EST 2/15/2012 6:16 PM EST 2/13/2012 12:59 PM EST I am just trying to turn this list into its seconds since epoch "+%s" time equivalent. I'm trying to use the following, but every time I run the command it gives me different answers, they are close, but never the same... any clues as to why (HowTos)