What a day, what a day — what a ONE day! There was so much comment on it all over the internets, that I’ll start with a sampling of that.
First there was a story (here) about Egypt closing the largest of the Giza pyramids following rumors of a number of groups’ plans to hold various kinds of religious rites there in honor of this big day for ones.
The round-up of 11s in the San Francisco Chronicle (here) is a regular treasure chest of eleven-lore, including the 11s of Veterans’ Day (very interesting!):
The 11’s behind Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated Nov. 11 in observation of the end of hostilities during World War I. The Department of Veterans Affairs website notes that fighting in World War I ceased thanks to an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany. That armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
As Boomerang readers will know from my 11/1/11 post, 11/11/11 is a binary day, and this site proclaims today the “Greatest Binary Day of All.” If you scroll down, you’ll find a link to a “binary decoder” along with some zeros and ones to plug into it . . . which lead, in turn, to a link, which leads to a website that features a YouTube video featuring a song about the number ONE!! It’s a fun trail to follow, but if you’d like to cut to the chase, click here.
To those stories I’ll add the further observation that the very pattern of mono-numerical dates features the number eleven: that is, the dates 2/2/22, 3/3/33, 4/4/44, and so on occur 11 years (and one month) apart, and the dates 1/1/01, 2/2/02, 3/3//03, and so on occur 11 months (and one day) apart — nifty!
To top off the celebration of 11s, here are 11 words that rhyme with eleven:
5. neven (Middle English for “to name”)
9. Andre Previn
10. (from here they get more creative . . . ) engines revin’
11. L-leven-lovin’ (!!)