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11 is a very odd number and has been subject to much interpretation over the ages. According to Yahoo! News, medieval scholars believed that while most numbers had positive and negative qualities, the number 11represented pure evil. Find out what “eleven” literally means here.

Numerologists also think there is something special about the number 11. In numerology, 11 is a master number. Most numbers reduce; for example, 11 would reduce to two by adding the digits, but 11 is considered to be “higher” version of two. 11 is “highly charged” and “difficult to handle” according to numerologists who believe integrating your internal number is important to self-revelation. To them, 11 represents illumination and sensitivity.

Eleven is a unique number in other ways, too. Many people profess to see the time 11:11 on clocks more than other specific minutes, and certain outlying groups have suggested that this represents the 1,111 spirits that are protecting us. Prominent psychic Uri Geller has connected the number 11 to tragic world events, including when JFK’s assassination, the attacks on the World Trade Center, and many others. Other people have asked whether it is just a coincidence that bankruptcy is called “Chapter 11.” Psychologists call this a post-hoc analysis, which is when people assign significance to something that is just a random occurrence after the fact. Read about other odd 11/11 coincidences here.

Last year an uncanny number of birds seemed to be falling out of the sky simultaneously. This confluence of events sparked the public imagination and prompted us to introduce a wonderfully useful word for trying to grapple with coincidences: “pareidolia.” Find out what it means exactly and what it says about the anxiety that seemingly synchronistic experiences can create here.

What do you think of these theories?

35 Comments

  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 6:42 am

    My dad’s friend, whose nickname is Curly Fries (long story), got married on 11/11/11.

    Well, if 11 is such an unlucky number, it’s my new lucky number! I like to take “unlucky” numbers & make them lucky for me.

    @Dar:
    That’s cool. But what does the cashier’s name have to do with it?

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  2. Kayla -  February 2, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    If there are that many 11/11 coincidences, maybe they really aren’t just chance.

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  3. Dar -  January 27, 2013 - 5:17 am

    I went into a 7-11 on November the 11th in 2011 and bought a big gulp(32oz). After paying I received 11 cents in change. Even weirder, the cashiers name was Carl.

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  4. Maur11 -  December 8, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    I was born on 5/11/51. 5 plus 5 plus1= 11 so I have double 11s in my birth date. I have always liked the #11. Consider it my lucky # and I love the way eleven sounds….think it is a really sensuous word. NO ONE can convince me it stands for evil. It is beautiful. Here is my theory: this # is made up of two 1s standing side by side, like a couple. Therefore it should symbolize everlasting LOVE. Now everybody, go out and spread the word! Maureen M.

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  5. Mogs -  November 29, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    11/11 it’s a day of the year people get ova it

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  6. My name is anonymous -  November 29, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    There’s a chinese holiday that day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Jeanna -  November 29, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    I think 11 is just a number, 1 more than 10 and 1 less than 12. There is no significance to this number otherwise…

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  8. SHayes -  November 27, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Really? Lol :)

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  9. KENN_MICHAEL -  November 25, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO MEEN!

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  10. SHayes -  November 16, 2012 - 9:35 am

    *13

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