Allysen and I have been trying for a while to figure out how to celebrate 11/11/11. For about the last year, I’ve had a strange knack for glancing idly at a clock and discovering that the time was 11:11. (Again? This is weird.) I wasn’t doing it intentionally at all, though after a while it became hard not to look at a clock and hope that it would be 11:11. Anyway, that gave me a special desire to celebrate November 11, 2011 (11/11/11), a truly cool date.
It turns out that where Allysen works, a lot of brainy, creative people had the same idea. She called me and said, “You have to come in and see it.” I did. These people are amazing. They had decorative pillars arranged in pairs all over. They had placards spelling out 11.11.11 in a bunch of different languages, including binary and Morse code.
Among the special elevenses in the world:
- There have been 11 Doctor Whos.
- There have been 11 Star Trek movies.
- The Apollo 11 mission landed the first men on the Moon.
- In M-theory, there are 11 spatial dimensions.
- The sunspot cycle is 11 years.
- There are 11 thumb keys on a bassoon.
- The sports soccer, football, cricket, and field hockey all field 11 players to a team.
We’re going to settle in for a movie and fish and chips, and plan on popping open a bottle of something fun at 11:11 p.m.