Did you ever spot an elephant in a cloud? A face or shape in a stone or rock? How about that potato that folks swore bore the resemblance of Mother Theresa? Did you breathe a sigh of relief on 11-11-11 when the world really didn’t come to an end?
These are all examples of apophenia: the natural human urge to find patterns in everyday random data.
There seems to be a bit of apophenia frenzy around the number 11.
There was even more of a hubbub generated when folks saw 11-11-11 come up on the calendar. It generated all sorts of theories on what exactly the day would bring.
Considering the wide range of crazy that can access the internet I won’t go into depth about some of the fringe theories put forth regarding the happenings of that day. I’ll just say this-if you are reading this-those theories were wrong!
I grew up knowing that WWI ended on Armistice Day in 1918 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11 o’clock a.m. thus, it was 11-11-11. I liked the sound of it, but never attributed the sequence of numbers with having spiritual, emotional or psychic energy. There are large segments of our world giving not just the number 11 a lot of significance, but any combo thereof.
Again, I won’t go into all those ideas, but if you do decide to Google the number 11, be sure you have hydration and, perhaps, a head covering of some kind-because it will blow your mind, and the head covering will mean less mess…….
Oh, and by the way-my late father would always call attention to the digital clock that read 11:11, and say, “Hmm, I wonder how many times a day that happens?” I never fail to think of him when I see that on a clock-and now, after sharing that story with my granddaughter, we will often send each other texts at 11:11 with a smiley face. Am I part of the worldwide mystery of 11:11?
While the number 11 is fascinating, I think I will indulge my apophenia by looking for a turtle in the late afternoon clouds building in the west….
How many of you had EVER heard the term “apophenia” before you read this post! And just to make you feel better, when you search for that word on MerriamWebster.com, it asks you if you want to purchase a subscription to the Unabridged Dictionary. How funny is that? Good job, iSissy1!!! We appreciate your broadening our vocabulary.
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