1 Nov

Having done interesting numbers to death this year, I have nothing new to say on the subject of one.  That must be why it’s the loneliest number. 

I will, instead, lift this paragraph from my third post of 2011 (I blogged three times on January 1st, while everyone else was nursing hangovers; if you didn’t know then what you were letting yourself in for, you can’t blame me):

1.1.11 [for 1.1.11 read 1.11.11]: Isn’t that a great date? It’s like 2011 is saying, Yes, you had some interesting numbers in 2010; but let me show you what I’ve got…

2010 had the consecutive (8/9/10, 11:12:13), the repetitive (10/10/10) and the palindrome (01/11/10). Of course, it all depends on your perspective: my American friends won’t have had the same first one because they put the month before the day; here in the UK 8/9/10 happened in September but in the States it was in August. Then there’s the manipulation: if I had added or subtracted zeros then 8/9/10 would have been 08/09/10 and rather dull; 01/11/10 would not have been a palindrome at all as 1/11/10.

I then went off at a tangent, so I had to do some research on the number 1.

There is some useful info on Wikipedia:

  • it is an integer
  • it comes after zero and before two (seriously?)
  • one is the identity for multiplication, so if you multiply any number by one, it remains that number

I needed Wikipedia for that?

What else can one share about one? 

  • it is the atomic number of hydrogen

And that’s all I got.  That’s just ace, isn’t it?

Turns out I did have a little something new to say on the subject of one after all; but I never said it would be interesting.  One forgets, sometimes, just how dull one can be.

30 Responses to “1.11.11”

  1. vivinfrance November 1, 2011 at 11:33 #

    One is not amused,


  2. Pseu November 1, 2011 at 12:05 #

    Interesting that we have joke 222 on the date 1.11.11?


    • Pseu November 1, 2011 at 12:10 #

      Ask the web if one is a prime number and you’ll have a lot of deep maths to work through. Wiki say this:

      “Primality of one

      Most early Greeks did not even consider 1 to be a number[4], so clearly did not consider it a prime. In the 19th century however, many mathematicians did consider the number 1 a prime. For example, Derrick Norman Lehmer’s list of primes up to 10,006,721, reprinted as late as 1956,[5] started with 1 as its first prime.[6] Henri Lebesgue is said to be the last professional mathematician to call 1 prime.[7] Although a large body of mathematical work is also valid when calling 1 a prime, the above fundamental theorem of arithmetic does not hold as stated. For example, the number 15 can be factored as 3 · 5 or 1 · 3 · 5. If 1 were admitted as a prime, these two presentations would be considered different factorizations of 15 into prime numbers, so the statement of that theorem would have to be modified. Furthermore, the prime numbers have several properties that the number 1 lacks, such as the relationship of the number to its corresponding value of Euler’s totient function or the sum of divisors function.[8][9]”


      • vivinfrance November 1, 2011 at 12:13 #

        My eyes have now glazed over completely.


        • Pseu November 1, 2011 at 12:27 #

          sorry Viv!


          • Tilly Bud November 1, 2011 at 12:37 #


            1. That IS interesting.

            1a. Now I know what it feels like to read one of my number posts 🙂


  3. sanstorm November 1, 2011 at 12:19 #

    One is whole, complete.
    Singular and united-
    One will win this one.


    • Pseu November 1, 2011 at 12:29 #

      One-one was a racehorse
      Two-two was one too
      One-one won one race
      Two-two won one too.


      • Tilly Bud November 1, 2011 at 12:38 #

        You two having fun? 🙂


        • Pseu November 1, 2011 at 17:08 #

          One is soooo looking forward to 11.11.11


          • Hanna November 1, 2011 at 23:52 #

            One also 😀


  4. Cindy November 1, 2011 at 12:44 #

    Gosh, The Power of One, hey?


  5. granny1947 November 1, 2011 at 14:14 #

    This ONE has not ONE word to say. 🙂


  6. Lorna's Voice November 1, 2011 at 15:40 #

    People are fascinated with the power of numbers, aren’t they? “1” is associated in numerology with the individual and the characteristic of aggression, so imagine someone born on 1/11/11. Whoo! I wouldn’t want to butt heads with that person!


    • Tilly Bud November 2, 2011 at 08:43 #

      Ah, the Alpha Male…I’ve got one of those at home 🙂


  7. misswhiplash November 1, 2011 at 15:42 #

    You’re always no.1 in my book Tilly B


  8. Elaine November 1, 2011 at 16:28 #

    Lots of interesting stuff about one. My eyes and brain did glaze over a bit at Pseu’s missive on one as a prime number. ZZZZZZ


    • Tilly Bud November 2, 2011 at 08:45 #

      You read the comments as well? You’re Number One in my book 🙂


  9. BeckySefton November 1, 2011 at 16:57 #

    My sister is 11 today. 1.11.11… born on… 01.11.00


    • Tilly Bud November 2, 2011 at 08:46 #

      How wonderful! I’d love to have an interesting date in my life.


  10. Hanna November 1, 2011 at 23:56 #

    Where is number three? I love three, its my favorite 😀 (I guess I have to wait till March, then?)


    • Tilly Bud November 2, 2011 at 08:47 #

      Do you know, I don’t think I’ve done 3. Let me check and get back to you.


  11. bluebee November 2, 2011 at 01:55 #

    Enjoyed your onedrous contemplation, Tilly – and Hanna’s comment is a delight 🙂


  12. Pseu November 2, 2011 at 08:50 #

    The four musketeers say, ‘All for one and one for all’ – when I was a kid I thought they were saying – ‘Awful one and one for all’


  13. gerimomg November 4, 2011 at 06:36 #

    Man, I just saw this…after I sent an e-mail (with a typo in the title..about palindromes…
    I can’t believe i missed this date!! I’ve been waiting all year, and I didn’t’ notice!! oh, well..at least there’s still 11/11/11..
    This is what happens when you miss a day of The Laughing Housewife’s blog!! I’ve learned my lesson…


    • Tilly Bud November 4, 2011 at 09:45 #

      Good! Now give me your Maltesers and go stand in the corner 🙂


  14. ElizOF November 5, 2011 at 12:23 #

    All those 1s are making my head spin but I’m equally excited. Love that first cake covered in smarties. 😉
    I’ve been out of the loop with power outages and conferences… now catching up on comments. TY for your patience and will read and comment on all posts by end of today! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud November 6, 2011 at 08:23 #

      Never mind my patience – what about yours? Thanks for being such a faithful reader 🙂


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