We humans seek meaning in life, unfortunately. We’re unable to grow up like trees or carry twigs like ants or suck blood like mosquitoes without asking, What’s it all about, Alfie? And since life is meaningless (for the Bible tells us so, in Ecclesiastes: “all is vanity and vexation of spirit”), we invent the meaning. We look for patterns and create stories and pull something from nothing. Which makes today, 11-11-11, especially meaningful!
Already this morning “11 11 11 meaning” is a top search on Google. And America’s main truth-givers are on the ready to provide that answer. Some headlines:
Fox News: 11/11/11: Is Date Tied to the Mayan Apocalypse?
Sports Illustrated: 11/11/11: For these Staten Island girls, the number 11 has extra meaning
Chicago Tribune: Economy, lucky 11/11/11 boost lottery ticket sales
But my favorite is The Wall Street Journal: Reading Between the Lines, This Is a Big Date for Corduroy Fans, 11/11/11 Reminds Some of a Favorite Fabric, Ideal for Bikinis and Trench Coats
For lovers of corduroy, including Sandra Pieloch of Brooklyn, N.Y., no day can ever be more meaningful than 11/11/11.
“It’s the day that most closely resembles corduroy ever,” says Ms. Pieloch, a 35-year-old graphic designer. “It’s the date we’ve been preparing for.”
Ms. Pieloch is referring to the ribbed textile’s biggest fans, and in particular, the roughly 5,000 members of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, which boasts chapters nationwide and as far away as South Africa and London. The club’s mascot is a whale, a reference to the term “wale,” the ridge in corduroy.