Today’s No. 1

Date comprises all ones

Theme Bin

by Bruce Felps

Feeling particularly lucky today? Or unlucky, perhaps?

It seems like there should be some ethereal connection to the fact that today’s date — 1/11/11 — is made up entirely of ones. Well, except for the zero if you use the dd/mm/yy format.

Was 1/01/10 or 1/10/10 particularly memorable?

Maybe there’s some binary connection. Could a software coder out there tell us what 11111 or 011111 would render on a computer screen? Is it a Da Vinci code thing?

It’s rare, too … or not. We started off the year with 1/01/11, and then we get to do it all again during November when the binary calendar comes up with 11/01/11 and, even better, 11/11/11 — now maybe that’s the day to buy a lottery ticket.

There might be something to it all. The Mayan doomsday is prophesied to be 12/21/12, and that’s somewhat similar in a conceptual way, maybe, because it’s all ones and twos.

Genesis 1:11 reads, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so,” so maybe it’s about legalizing pot.

Ahhh, it's probably nothing.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Hey, look, he just works with subjects given to him by his editors.

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