I was originally going to write this at 11 am, but since I was busy at the time (having a very wonderful massage, but never mind that…), I am writing this at 11 pm, which is, quite literally, at the “eleventh hour” – a common idiom for the last minute.

In their excitement, the Corduroy Appreciation Club has dubbed 11/11/11 “the most important day, EVER.”    (All the ones and slashes kind of look like corduroy fabric…get it?)

What can one say about the number eleven?

In games of chance, people say “seven come eleven” – calling good luck, because when you are rolling dice and the number seven is followed by the number eleven, they are considered lucky numbers.

The British have “elevenses” – Tea or coffee taken at midmorning and often accompanied by a snack.

In team sports, of course, it refers to a team of 11 players in football, cricket, hockey, etc.

In history, the Personal Rule (also known as the Eleven Years’ Tyranny) was the period from 1629 to 1640, when King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland ruled without recourse to Parliament.

“Up to eleven” or “these go to eleven” is an idiom from popular culture which has come to refer to anything being exploited to its utmost abilities, or apparently exceeding them.  The source of this is this segment from the film “This is Spinal Tap”  (leading many in the film world to dub today “Nigel Tufnel Day”):

“When late morning rolls around and you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, don’t worry; you’re probably just a little eleven o’clockish.”  –  Winnie the Pooh

Then there’s a very popular film…so much so that it was made twice:

“One and one are sometimes eleven”    –   Kashmiri Proverb

I liked George Takei’s comment today:  Happy 11/11/11. The one day when dyslexia has no power.

And of course, how on earth can we discuss any number without a little help from Sesame Street???

Hope you’ve had a wonderful eleven-y day!


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2 Responses to “11.11.11”

  1. Courtney Says:

    When I first started dating Matt, and he was trying to explain string theory physics to ME, who didn’t even take physics in high school, he told me it had eleven dimensions and then referenced the movie Spinal Tap. Which we then watched on our second date (he made dinner first). That movie was so horrible he’s lucky there was a third date. (OK, so I’m lucky too.)

    I hope you had a great day. How can it not have been, since it included a massage?

    • eclecticitee Says:

      LOL. The movie is a classic, but I think you need to be in a very specific mindset. It makes me laugh.

      I’m very glad no one has ever tried to explain any kind of physics to me. How did you get out of it in high school? I was the chemistry teacher’s aide, so I got out of physics then…. 😀

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