Palindrome moment 11/11/11

    November 11 is a well-recognized United States holiday to remember military veterans. In the United Kingdom, today is called Remembrance Day. This Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day will be remembered, revered, perhaps feared until it rolls around again in the next century. What makes this day more significant than any triple-number day?
    Today is a binary day 11/11/11. Twice on this Friday, morning and evening, a once-in-a-century event will occur at eleven minutes and eleven seconds after 11:00 a.m. (11.11.11 on 11.11.11). At that moment, the time and date will be a perfect same-numbered palindrome. That is, in written form it will read the same backward and forwards.
    History records a cataclysmic weather event in the U.S. on November 11, 1911 with record high and lows on that date, temperatures dropping from the mid-seventies to below zero within hours.
    This morning, couples will wed at 11.11.11. Others will climb a mountain or seal a business deal. Me? My fingers will be clicking computer keys, sealing an eleventh keystroke, eleventh word, eleventh sentence, eleventh paragraph, or eleventh page to A Time to Die, a mystery I’m writing for National November Writing Month. I’ll give it a double chance, morning and evening. Maybe inspiration will fall at that particular moment this evening not only to cross the 50,000 word finish line early, but to propel this first draft into an award-winning novel.
    Oh well, can’t blame me for capitalizing on the moment.

On a more somber note, click HERE to see Armistice Day around the world on Armistice Day 11/11/11



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2 responses to “Palindrome moment 11/11/11

  1. Lani Longshore

    It used to be called Armistice Day. My college roommate would salute to the East at 11 am and think of Rupert Brooke. I think she still does, and I try to (it was 11:03 today).

    • Thanks for the reminder, Lani. Based on a modern definition of armistice, November 11 honors those who achieved “temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opponents.” Peacekeepers, I salute you.

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