11-11-11:surelya Sign,right?

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11-11-11:surelya Sign,right?


Byline: Jim Baumann jbaumann@dailyherald.com

One may be the loneliest number, but when it's surrounded by five of its brethren (or 11 if you count hours, minutes and seconds) it looks downright crowded.

11-11-11 may look pretty cool in a cartoony sci-fi movie trailer where the date of release is probably more memorable than the title (and the film itself).

But what does 111111 mean to you?

If you're into palindromes, it's sure to put a smile on your face. If you're a fence maker, you're probably wondering what the fuss is about since you see that configuration every day.

If you're a computer or a computer geek, you know that in binary code the tantalizing stretch of 1's translates to the pedestrian number 63.

We tried to find people to whom this date would have special significance. Alas, the closest 1111 11th St. address is in Rockford, but we did find someone in our own backyard (on our own staff, in fact) who has a son turning 11 today.

We found a numerologist who finds energy in today's date, even though he didn't wear No. 11 when he played for the Chicago Bears.

And we found a couple of mathematicians with varying degrees of enthusiasm about the date.

The birthday boy

For as long as he can remember, Damon Becker of Aurora has known Friday would be a special birthday.

School is always out because he shares his birthday with the day that honors our nation's veterans. But today is special, because his 11th birthday falls on 11/11/11.

His pals at St. Rita of Cascia School in Aurora seem impressed, too.

"They're all like, 'Whoa, that's so cool,'" he said.

His mother, Kim Becker, a copy editor at the Daily Herald, said she and her husband, Steve, have been building it up as his "super golden birthday" since Damon was a baby.

"We just thought it was cool, and something he'll always remember," Kim said.

When she was in labor, her husband was already excited about the possibilities.

"He said to me, 'Do you think you could hold out a little longer so he's born at 11:11 a. m.?'" Kim said. "I told him to go away."

Because of the special nature of the day, Damon gets to pick out his birthday dinner. …

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