by Mollee Bauer
In the News: Perfect Palindromes Create Birthdate Craze
From Good Morning America scanning maternity wards nation wide to the homes of thousands of parents-to-be, 11-11-11 is a one-in-a-million birthdate. Even a lucky centenarian in Arizona, Ione Anderson McCauley, celebrates her birthday today. She was born on 11/11/11 during a snowstorm in Flagstaff, and believes more than ever that it's a lucky date.
Today's date is a perfect palindrome, or sequence of units, that can be read the same way in either direction. This kind of numbered occurrence only happens once every 100 years.
The last time this happened, November 11, 1911, temperatures in the U.S. fell a jaw-dropping 60 degrees over the course of a single day, causing blizzards and tornadoes. For some people, it was a special day.
Many parents-to-be see this date as a mystical sign, and just like the previous palindrome of 7/7/07, are busy planning their c-sections and inductions. Just a note that early inductions can be a risky procedure.
According to La Salle University math teacher Stephen Andrilli, "Eleven is a prime number, divisible by only one and itself. It's the atomic number of sodium. And it's a numerical palindrome, reading the same backward and forward."
Are you due to you have your baby today or just hopeful for the chance to grab such an incredible date?
If your baby is born on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, share your story with us! Remember, any baby, born on any day, is precious and a miracle. They don’t need a specific birth date to prove it.
[Editor's note: We have our own 11-11-11 baby! Big Congratulations to our November 2011 group! Pregnancy.org member JenPalto gave birth to Moxie Adele via repeat c/section: Jen reported that: "Repeat C-section was scheduled at 11/11/11 at 11AM (in operating room #11!) The staff was hoping for 11:11am, but she was born at 11:19am. (RATS!) They blamed the anesthesiologist for taking too long. She is beautiful, surgery went fine. Will post birth story and pics later!" We're so glad momma and baby are fine! Welcome Moxie!]
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