Posted by: bkivey | 11 November 2011

One Louder

Today’s date is a palindrome: 11/11/11. Or, if written European style: 11/11/11. Under conventional date notation a repeating sequence occurs a dozen times every century, so 12 December next year will be the last one for a while. This is a Big Deal for some people, and predictions abound. I’ll make a prediction: numerology sites will see an increase in traffic. People like patterns.

For a little fun, we can turn to The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers (David Wells, Penguin, 1986).

  • 11 is the fifth prime. No, 1 isn’t a prime.
  • 11 is the only palindromic prime with an even number of digits.

11 lends itself to constructing number pyramids: 11 x 11 = 121, 111 x 111 = 12321,  1111 x 1111 = 1234321, and so on. There are also 111 days from today until 31 December.

Veterans Day

Today marks the observance of Veterans Day in the US along with Remembrance Day in most of the Commonwealth. There have been veterans in my family going back at least three generations, and in the US especially, there’s a fair chance the average person knows someone who is not only a veteran, but has seen combat. Today would be a good time to buy them the beverage of their choice after work. Or perhaps buy them the traditional Veterans Day meal, ravioli, for lunch.

Lost in Translation

I was reading a forum where someone commented that they would ” . . .  give their correct arm to find a link.” I’m assuming that English is not their mother tongue.

Today in History

1620 – 41 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact

1647 – Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law

1865 – Mary Edward Walker, 1st Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor

1889 – Washington admitted as 42nd state

1918 – Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)

1923 – Eternal flame lit for tomb of unknown solder, Arc de Triumph

1959 – 1st episode of “Rocky & His Friends” airs

1968 – Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England

1972 – Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time

1982 – 5th space shuttle mission-Columbia 5-launched 1st coml flight


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