Just to clarify, that's 11 seconds past 11 minutes past 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the eleventh month 2011! So what will you be doing at that time?
Clearly such a momentous occasion can't be entirely ignored. We're thinking of having an eleventh coffee break and firing eleven party poppers at eleven unsuspecting passersby on the street below whilst playing the eleventh song on the eleventh CD in our collection, and turning the volume up to eleven. So what will you be up to?
Or if you're reading this after the event, what were you up to? Of course, next year we'll have all of the twelves, but thank goodness we only have 12 months, or we could be looking at one of the unluckiest dates in the world! Every day the time is 13:13:13 once; the idea that we could have a thirteenth month is too much bad luck to risk! For any child turning 11 on Friday the occasion will be extra special, and definitely one to remember. It's funny though how most of us pay relatively little attention to the importance of numbers, yet when occasions such as this occur, we can't help but make a point of knowing where we were, and what we were doing. Even looking at our watch (which for all we known and care is a good minute or two out anyway).
For most of us the only real concern is the number 13, although even this is rarely much more than a joke. But there is of course a serious side to the 11th November, Armistice Day, when the historic agreement was finally made between the Allies and Germany to end the First World War. The actual agreement was made at 5 am, which meant that it was 11 am Paris time, giving us the famous 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.' It's easy to think that the phrase 'at the eleventh hour', meaning at the last minute, comes from this historic event, but in fact it dates back to the Bible, specifically Matthew Chapter 20. Not exactly coined at the last minute!