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Today, 11/11, is the 315th day of the year. It’s also Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring all military veterans.

The holiday marks the anniversary of the 1918 signing of the Armistice, which took place in a railway carriage, between the Allies and Germany. This event marked the end of fighting on the Western Front in the First World War. The signing took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

In other parts of the world, the day is celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.

11:11 is also a phenomenon of numerology, the notion that numbers hold some intrinsic value beyond their significance as symbols of quantity. A popular belief holds that the combination “11:11″ appears on clocks with too great a frequency to be coincidence. In that spirit, let’s look at what else happened on this day in history and see if we can draw any conclusions beyond mere coincidence:

In 1620, the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony, was signed near Cape Cod.

Over two hundred years later, in 1889, Washington was admitted as the 42nd U.S. State.

In 1926, the legendary Route 66 was established.

Six years ago on this date, the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed Yasser Arafat’s death, but did not identify the cause. Shortly after, Mahmoud Abbas was elected chairman of the PLO.

Golden Globe Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio was born on this date, as was the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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  1. Mogs -  November 29, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    My bday is 11/07 and I always seem to se 11:07 on our clock but that’s ptobs coz I just remember it

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  2. Noel -  November 11, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Here are a couple more significant events that happened on Nov 11.

    In 1965, Prime Minister Ian Smith made the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of Rhodesia from Britain, which led to a liberation struggle that saw the birth of Zimbabwe in 1980 April 18. (Anyone want to try doing something with 4/18?)

    Ten years to the day after the UDI, in Australia, the Governor-General (the Queen’s representative) fired the duly elected government of E Gough Whitlam in what is referred to as the constitutional crisis. When the proclamation was read, ending with “God save the Queen,” Whitlam’s response was “Well may we say ‘God save the Queen,’ because nothing will save the Governor-General.”

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  3. Mia -  November 11, 2012 - 11:23 am

    Ok, it is rather interesting,all these coincidences, but really! Yesterday was 10/11/12, did anyone post an article about it? No! We’re all very happy and glad that it’s Veterans/Remembrance Day, but let’s remember it for just that, Remembrance Day. And leave 11 alone, its pathetic behaviour to distort the weird science of coincidence like that. BTW, tomorrow’s 12/11/12, hip hip hooray! #sarcastic

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  4. das.aardvark -  November 13, 2011 - 11:33 am

    >How much is “eleventeen” anyway?<
    Eleventeen is a Liberal Damnfools way of expressing eleven. Liberal Damnfools have an innate propensity for changing words, rules, and definitions to fit their own Damnfool ways and opinions. Liberal Damnfools are at constant odds with God's reality. Grandparents are just as ignorant as everyone else, and those that won't admit it to themselves first will always lie to everyone else second. Your attitude toward considering yourself as infallible is a Damnfool pathological liar's mental illness. Straighten yourself out and straighten the kid out on the truth and stop lying to him.

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  5. das.aardvark -  November 13, 2011 - 9:59 am

    >A popular belief holds that the combination “11:11″ appears on clocks with too great a frequency to be coincidence.<
    For the dithering idiots whose comments refer to the times a day that 11:11 appears on clocks, it is not a reference to that aspect of appearance. It is in reference to printed (or in some otherwise depicted) images of a clock face showing the time 11:11 as a digital image (it is impossible for a standard mechanical clock to ever show a time as 11:11—that would be a time of five minutes until the eleventh hour and the gears of the clock itself prohibit it.). It has no more significance than the as frequent, if not more so, 8:08 imagery used in illustrations of digital clocks. Why either image seems to be selected by artists and advertising illustrators is a matter of pure conjecture. One thing everyone should consider: pure conjecture is, in and of itself, a form of divination; divination is a sin in God's eyes. God would much prefer you stick with the truths of reality and stop wasting your life's precious time quibbling over bs.

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  6. terry -  November 12, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    11:11:11 a good day or a bad day depends on who is viewing the day, 7 billion of us now and I would imagine a few are having a good day and some a bad day, I’m in the half having a shitty day, we just broke up, this time for good I’m sure. So 11:11:11 will be remembered by me as a not so good day, I will try not to remember this day for sure.

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  7. javier -  November 12, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    i am going to turn 14

    i was born ’97

    add them together and what do you get???

    u try it

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  8. Tim -  November 12, 2011 - 11:48 am

    oh and I am writing this post at 2:45 pm I posted the previous post at 2:44p.m. The time that is listed in the previous post is inccorect for people who want to study the trend of time people posted. The website is playing games.

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  9. Tim -  November 12, 2011 - 11:42 am

    STOP with the phyco pathically nonsence this is absolute rubbish is just mere concidence turned into commerical gain.

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  10. Oolish -  November 11, 2011 - 11:39 am

    How does it appear 48 times each day. I can only think of 24.

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  11. Bill Jakeway -  November 11, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Actually, 11:11 appears 48 times each day. Think about it.

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  12. Quyen Nguyen -  November 11, 2011 - 11:10 am

    It’s my birthday and 11 is always my lucky number. How coincidence that everything I do deal with 1, like my DOB is 11/11/1987. The year starts with 1, and 9-8=1, 8-7=1 ..

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  13. Aliqsandre -  January 5, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    1-11-11 has 5 ones. It will be beat by 11-11-11 which will have 6. How much is “eleventeen” anyway? I heard it from my grandson, but didn’t ask him. I didn’t want to change his mind that – Grandpas know everythingl

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  14. Chawk -  January 5, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    It is all Chopsticks! see U@11 on 11/11/11.

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  15. Mike -  January 5, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    I happen to notice the clock reads 12:34 quite often when I notice the time during the day. Anyone else experience this? 11/11, 12/12 every year a new Phenomenon! :)

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  16. keith -  January 5, 2011 - 10:53 am

    yeah how do all of those situations in history go together to prove this point makes no sense to me.

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  17. John Hamilton -  January 5, 2011 - 7:11 am

    There are 365 days in the usual year. If you want to count the possible significant events (assuming only one significant event occurs on any day) since the year 0000 until Dec 31, 2010…then there are a possible 733,650 events that could have occurred worldwide. Now multiply that by the number of countries, provinces, or people in the world on any given day and there are trillions of possible significant events. Eleven does not seem that significant to me, except that my wife was born on the 11th!!! Now that is SIGNIFICANT….

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  18. DokHolliday -  December 27, 2010 - 5:37 am

    Maybe “we” should all take a closer look at the French and their arrogance as it relates to Roberts accusations of the Allies rubbing it in with such an “the inevitable hour” It seems that humility would have served mankind much better after such a long bloody event. Of course those who were at the top (a few men) who orchestrated this thing had a different field of view and didn’t quiet get into the horrors of trench warfare; did they? Here’s an invitation into a different sphere of thinking regarding war and how the philosophy “for” peace has been trampled on ever since and to the continuation of these few men who boast of their power. “we” have all suffered because of a few men and their “pomp of power” and they nor their own will never know the cold edge of a sward or the hot sting of a bullet; to wit

    “The Six Months That Changed The World” Youtube or the Book

    “The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
    And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
    Awaits alike the inevitable hour:
    The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”

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  19. Curly -  November 17, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    @smoothius:

    Hmm, that does seem like an inconsistency in numerology. Says something, doesn’t it?

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  20. KBG -  November 14, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    It’s probably all Greek to the Geek. . .

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  21. smoothius -  November 12, 2010 - 11:59 am

    i thought that in numerology all numbers with two digits are reduced to a single digit, so 11:11 would actually be 2:2 or simplified again to the number 4?

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