Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day On 11/11/11 -- Watch Out for Electronic Devices, Eat Ravioli

Today is Veteran's Day but many people are focusing on the fact that it is also 11/11/11, a date that won't roll around again for another hundred years.

Here is what the numerologically-inclined say: All kinds of odd things will happen today. Just like in the movie 11-11-11, the number 11 will weird you out all day. Something, for example, will happen at 11:11 a.m. and also 11:11 p.m., if you make it that long. You will notice the number 11 on dollar bills, on your receipts and online.

Some say that people all over the globe are noticing the numbers 11:11 today because "1,111 fun-loving Spirit Guardians" are playing tricks on us to let us know that they are here. "They will use almost any electrically controlled device to get your attention," like turning off lights when you pass by or making your electronic clock blink 11:11.

On the other hand, some people plan to get married at 11:00 today or buy 11 Lottery tickets today. Why not!

Alternately, a Nordic god of destruction may come in the form of a colossal dragon and devour the world -- if you follow the plot of the virtual world of Skyrim, which has just released the latest in a series of popular video games called the Elder Scrolls series.

The last time we had an 11/11/11 was in 1911. Weird things happened then, too. One of them was "The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11." According to Paradigmsearch,

"The day started fine; there were even record highs for that time of year. Then it all changed; temperatures began to drop. Within the space of ten minute the temperature dropped 40 to 50 degrees; by midnight a 66 degree temperature drop was recorded. There were dust storms, thunderstorms, tornados, and blizzards. Over 300 deaths were reported."

But most important, today is Veterans Day. Veterans Day started with the World War I armistice that took effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. According to Wikipedia, "Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice." Each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery, a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at exactly 11 a.m.

We also learned on Wikipedia that the holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal, because after the war President Woodrow Wilson invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House and fed them all ravioli.

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