Over the ages, people have attributed many facts to numbers.
Numerology, superstition, important dates, and so many other things cling to various numbers, which in some cases gives them great significance!
Today let’s take a look at 11 fun facts about the number 11!
First things first, the number 11 is a prime number! In case you’re in the dark, a prime number is an important mathematical number that can only be divided by itself or the number 1. The number 11 is not just any prime number either; it’s the smallest two-digit prime number.
The fastest recorded time for eating an 11 pound (4.99 kg) cheesecake is nine minutes. This record was achieved by Sonya Thomas, an American competitive eater from Alexandria, Virginia. She’s also known, quite appropriately, as The Leader of the Four Horsemen of the Esophagus.
The most Oscar awards won by any film is 11, and there are currently three films that have ever won this many awards: Ben Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
In Old English, the number 11 was ęndleofon. This Old English form of eleven is linguistically connected to the number 11 in every different form of the Germanic language, as well as the old Saxon and Norse languages.
The number 11 in English is its very own number, but that’s not the case in all languages. For example, in Italian, the number 11 is a compound number. A compound number is a grouping of multiple numbers. In this case, with Italian, it is undici, which is uno (one) and dieci (ten) combined to make the number eleven.
Canada really likes the number 11, it seems. Their one-dollar coin, called the Loonie, has eleven sides. There are also eleven points on the maple leaf that adorns the national flag of Canada. And, finally, a number of Canadian banknotes have some form of clocks on them. The time, of course, is 11:00!
There’s actually a good reason Canada is obsessed with the number 11. The first World War ended on November 11, 1918. It came into effect at 11 am. Just think about it, the eleventh hour, the eleventh day, and the eleventh month!
On Wednesday, August 11, 1999, there was a total solar eclipse. The eclipse began at 08:26 and finished at 13:40 (UTC), and the peak was 11:03 (UTC). This means that the sun was almost completely eclipsed at 11:11!
If you’re a person who gets a little bit hungry between breakfast and lunch, then I have some good news for you! There’s a meal called elevenses, which usually consists of something light like tea and cookies (or biscuits, for you British folks) and happens around 11 am!
Whether you’re into conspiracy theories or not, here’s one that will blow your mind! There were eleven crew members on Flight 11, which happened to be the plane that was first to hit the World Trade Center on September 11. Now correct me if I’m wrong here, but didn’t the Twin Towers kind of look like the number eleven?
Russia is so massive that it has an incredible eleven time zones! The time zone on the western side of the country is the Kaliningrad time zone (UTC+2), and the easternmost time zone is Kamchatka Time (UTC+12). If you’re curious, the Russian time zone with UTC+11 is Magadan Time.
When you think about the number eleven, it really doesn’t seem all that significant.
Like all prime numbers, though, it’s actually everywhere once you start looking for it!
From Canada to Russia, mealtimes to conspiracy theories, it’s genuinely a mysteriously familiar number!