What’s in a number? Apparently the answer is just about everything auspicious when it’s a special binary day like November 11, 2011, or 111111.
The date was such a momentous occasion that expectant mothers in South Korea deliberately sought to make November 11, 2011 the birth date of their children.
Many pregnant women overwhelmed local hospitals with requests for Caesarean section delivery on that date. According to the media, these included those who were due even as much as a week after November 11.
The number of appointments for c-section births on this propitious date was 20 percent higher this year than in previous years.
“There are always people with due dates in January who want to deliver on the first of the month, but this seems more unusual — trying to set delivery so they can have the ID number 111111,” said one staffer at a maternity hospital.
South Korea honors November 11 as Pepero Day, or Sweetest Day, which is celebrated much like St. Valentine’s Day.
Its name derives from the Korean snack, Pepero, because the date 11/11 resembles five sticks of Pepero.
All residents in Korea are given a 13-digit identification number known as the Korean Resident Registration Number, the first six digits corresponding to one’s date of birth.
Bookings for weddings on 11/11/11 overwhelmed caterers and wedding planners as well, making it one of the most popular dates in history.
Is there a population explosion to come?
A binary number is composed of only 0s and 1s. The next one will occur on January 1, 2100. “Binary years” have only nine such dates, meaning there are only 36 binary days in a century. The next binary day one hundred years from now will probably tell, but no one from today is likely to be alive, much less remember.
Check out this interesting, albeit a bit wordy, video on the subject of November 11, 2011, particularly the part about the prediction of an asteroid missing the earth in early November 2011, which has already passed.