OMG it's 11:11 on 11-11-11

by Anonymous on Nov. 11th, 2011

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It's finally here: 11-11-11, that special day when repeating numbers line up in some sort of mystical sequence, thus creating some very special moment in time. Can you feel the magic? Hmmm. That's odd, I'm not feeling anything particularly special. I just realized I started writing this post at 10:10 this morning (more magical alignment: 10:10 on 11/11/11! That's a whole mess of ones!) but so far that doesn''t seem to add to this special day in any way either. I wonder why that is? Maybe the timing's off what with the stupid daylight savings time and all. Indiana and Arizona may know something we don't know. Anyway, I'm hoping to finish writing this and posting it in the next hour at exactly 11:11 on 11/11/11 and when that happens - hang onto your hats - all hell is going to break loose. Well...maybe. We'll just have to wait and see.

Actually, you have no idea how long I've been I've been waiting for this day to come. For several years now, decades actually, my wife and I have had a special relationship with the digital clocks around our house exactly at the time of 11:11. It didn’t matter if it was AM or PM we just seemed to have an uncanny propensity for looking at the time when the time consisted of all ones. I suppose it's easy to put this off as coincidence. We are, after all, usually awake and mostly alert when that particular line-up of ones occurs but it has happened with such regularity that it's taken on a mythic and eerie implication.

The eeriest moment was the time I was flipping through the tv channels and stopped on an old depression-era film. In the scene, one character suddenly asked the other for the time. The other character glanced at his watch and said, "Eleven eleven." The response of course grabbed our attention. We were surprised and thought it was pretty funny. But our surprise doubled when my wife suddenly yelped "Look!" and pointed at the digital display on our DVD player. There they were, those same four slim and singular digits just uttered in the movie, marching two by two between a colon - the now even spookier (and perhaps slightly dreaded) 11:11, all in a row on the machine's digital clock!

What were we to make of this fantastic temporal and parallel alignment of the double elevens that has been hounding us all these years? Probably nothing, other than being a good story to tell at dinner parties, or as an aside on a numerologically-based blog post. Strangely, now that I think of it, it has added something to our marriage, strengthening the bond between us in a very oddball sort of way. Maybe that's the only significance it will ever have for our lives.

But holy one plus one, Batman! What are we to make of today’s incredible alignment? Today at 11:11:11am and 11:11:11pm we will experience an unprecedented (at least in this century) syzygy of the very first odd number. One minute past 11:10am we’ll all experience the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime readout of 11:11:11, 11/11/11. Think of the unity it will create in these overly disparate times! (note: technically, my use of the word syzygy isn't really proper here. A syzygy is an astronomical term regarding the conjunction or opposition of three celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and earth during solar or lunar eclipses. But eclipses are so seemingly mystical it sounds right in this context. Also, it's just a cool word - my dad, a crossword puzzler his entire life, always liked to remind me that it contained none of the conventional vowels.)

Because this strange alignment was coming our way, I started searching the internet for information about it and let me tell you, there is a lot 11:11 and 11/11/11 and other silly information out there. In fact, entire industries have grown up around the numbers. I had no idea if was such a commonly experienced phenomenon. Not that it matters. None of it has any basis in reality, it’s all mostly anecdotal data infused with spiritual or numerological significance. My favorite is the fact that the date 11/11/11 is 1 year, 1 month, and 11 days (Eek! That’s 1, 1, 11) from December 21, 2012 – the even more terrifying (although pretty much forgotten as of late) end of time according to the Mayan calendar. But wait a minute. How can December 21 be 11 days from November 11. Wouldn't it only be 10 days? That would throw water on the whole mystic mania! How can that be? Well, 2012 is a leap year, that’s why. There will be an extra day to cram in there. So see, if the numbers don’t add up you just find a way to make it happen.

Okay, I have to cut this short if I want to post it at exactly 11:11 (local time). Let's just see what happens when I do. (I'll add my links later). Here goes!

POSTSCRIPT (11:58): The only significant thing that happened when I posted this at 11:11 was my wife emerged from our bedroom (she's feeling ill today and was napping). Why did she pick that exact time to get up? Coincidence? You got me. Anyway, I went right into the kitchen to look at our digital displays and there they were - 4 ones all in a row- on the microwave, the clock radio, and the oven. The coffee maker read 3:56 but that's only because no one has bothered to properly set the time on it. I pointed out all the ones to my wife and we hugged and kissed. It was a very special moment. Wait a minute. Maybe there is something to all this 11-11 stuff after all.

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