So, what’s all the hype? Did anything special happen on 10/10/10?
A numerical sequence. Are we flipping out cause Bin Laden darkened the world on 9/11?
But if you like the geek stuff..here we go;
The numerical sequence of November 11 holds a special significance in the binary numeral system, which is the base-2 number system that represents numeric values using two symbols, 0 and 1. The date of November 11 has a binary number of 111110 where it has a decimal equivalent of 62 in the year 2010, and a binary number of 111111 with a decimal equivalent of 63 in the year 2011.
The number eleven has a special characteristic in mathematics where it is a prime number. It contains some interesting peculiarities where the number eleven times itself equals a palindrome:
- (2 digits) 11 x 11 = 121
- (6 digits) 111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
- (9 digits) 111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321
Based on past calendar dates such as 10/10/10, or October 10, 2010, no significant or unusual phenomenon occurs simply because of a date that has the same numbers in a sequence.
But if you like the spiritual stuff..here we go;
Nov. 11, 2011, mythologies are everywhere with believers suggesting that 11/11 numerical sequences are signals from angels or numbers with hidden meanings. Even people who think little of numerology are finding meaning in the day: The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World will host 11 weddings on 11/11/11.
But perhaps the most intriguing 11/11/11 mythology to pop up is the number’s link with the supposed 2012 Mayan Apocalypse. The ancient Mayan long-count calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, and some people believe that this date will usher in a new spiritual era, or even doomsday. Nov. 11, 2011 most likely became linked with Dec. 21, 2012, when believers noticed that the U.S. Naval Observatory had set the exact time of the 2012 winter solstice for 11:11 Universal Time on Dec. 21, according to John Hoopes, a scholar of Maya history.
But if you are like me…have a nice cocktail at 11:11 on November 11th and call it a day.
- How 11/11/11 is tied to Mayan Apocalypse (msnbc.msn.com)
- 11/11/11: How Friday Is Tied to the Mayan Apocalypse (space.com)