Saturday, November 12, 2011


Today we had 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. What people make from this rare number combination varies in different cultures and disciplines. To name a few:

Geeks: We all know it's rare because 11/11/11 only comes once a century. But as a "binary day" (a date that consists of only 1s and 0s in xx/xx/xx format), this is also the last before almost a century. There are only 36 such days in a century, and for the next one we will have to wait until January 1, 2100 (01/01/00).

China: In the recent years, 11/11 has been celebrated by young singles as the "Bachelor's Day" due to all the 1s. This year in particular, it has become the "Super Bachelor's Day."

US: People see it as 11s (not just 1s). 1 and 1 make 2. So people are rushing to Vegas. "We're surrounded by hundreds of couples who want to get married on 11/11/11," said the Rev. Charlotte Richards, owner of Little White Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Egypt: The pyramid of Khufu is closed to visitors for "necessary maintenance." Local media report that unidentified groups are rumored to hold "Jewish" or "Masonic" rites on the site to take advantage of mysterious powers coming from the pyramid on this rare date.


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