It’s official. Today is Nov. 11, 2011. Get your popcorn ready, because this day is numbered along with just a handful of other days.
How does that saying go? Something like “It’s so old, it’s new.” That’s the ticket. The date 11/11/11 only happens once every century. The last time this date occurred in our history — Nov. 11, 1911 — was no ordinary day. A century ago today, an event occurred, an event so furious it received a name: “The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11.”
As Wikipedia puts it, “‘The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11’ was a cold snap that affected the central United States on Saturday, November 11, 1911. Many cities broke record highs early that afternoon. By nightfall, cities were dealing with single-digit temperatures on the Fahrenheit scale. This is the only day in many midwest cities’ weather bureau jurisdictions where the record highs and lows were broken for the same day.”
Whoa, Wikipedia, we appreciate your endless wisdom. And we’re well aware that there are other events occurring today. Let’s see . . . the movie Immortals (a movie kind of like 300) premieres today. Similarly, in Jack and Jill, Adam Sandler joins the ranks of Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House — yes, movies 1, 2 and 3), Eddie Murphy (The Nutty Professor — yes, movies 1 and 2), Lindsay Lohan and Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap). How so? All of these actors have performed several characters within the same movie. Way to go, Mr. Sandler.
Some great news for the nerds of the world (which includes nearly all of us here at The Signpost) — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released today. Huzzah!
Being nerds of sorts, we spent much time on this little gem of a discovery. Did you know 00111111 is binary for a question mark? Among other things, we desire to wish you a happy Question Mark Day, everyone! Many happy returns! Use your creative noggins to determine this day for yourself. Don’t let that question go unfulfilled!
Tonight, at 11:11 p.m., the WSU Student Association-sponsored second annual Nearly Naked Mile will take place, starting in the Swenson Gym parking lot. Join the Weber State University student body for this charity fun run. Donated clothes will go to the Veterans’ Shelter and canned food will be donated to Weber Cares.
Deviating from the 11/11/11 path and just to the Nov. 11 path, Armistice Day is today, a day on which we can commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at 11 a.m. — the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.
We now just refer to every 11th day of the 11th month as Veterans Day. Regardless of your political affiliation, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or view on war, one thing we all have in common is our country. What and where would our country be without our veterans and servicemen and women? They selflessly have served or are currently serving every citizen of the United States. They protect us from harm and provide a safe environment in which we can raise families, go to school, receive an education, maintain a job . . . and the list goes on.
You probably won’t live to see another 11/11/11. Do something today that will define the day, and make it a day to remember.