A ridiculously pointless 1111 post celebration


Key visual from Zero no Tsukaima.

If this post elicits from you response x, where x is the response shown above:

  1. I am pleased you found it so silly and therefore entertaining! Or…
  2. To be truthful I’m not surprised! Or…
  3. I’m shocked beyond belief and I’ll be checking to make sure you’re not trying to distract me while your partner steals my mobile phone.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you've been reading my blog in any great detail over the past twenty years, I would first question your memory given the posts on this site only stretch back as far as 2004.While I am humbled and flattered that you would admit to me that your loyalty stretches back some two decades, I must point out that for you to have been reading my blog for twenty years, you would have had to start reading posts since 1989 which presents a perplexing problems as said year falls a full fourteen years before anything I've ever written here existed. And while I was using a computer in 1989 at the age of three, I hardly knew what I was doing and could barely read, let alone electronically construct prose. Unless "dajsdfhcaewiucvb" counts. Or deltree C:\. Whoops.

But I digress… as I tend to do infrequently do here and in regular conversation. See, I did it again. Ridiculous. Today we celebrate yet another ridiculous and overrated phenomena known as a pointless milestone. With the publishing of this post, the Rubenerd Blog will feature exactly 1,111 posts.

ASIDE: Who decided that infrequently and inflammable essentially mean the same thing as their non in- appended component words? Should I start saying I inpodcast? English really is a silly language!

Let us deconstruct this interesting number down for a second and make a few observations.

  1. If spelled out, the number one thousand, one hundred and eleven is the only number which contains the world "one" in every single word. Go ahead, try looking for others.

  2. 1111 has the same four numbers in succession without interruptions, unless you use commas to visually aid people in reading the number in the case of 1,111 or 1'111 or 1sandwich111.

  3. 1111 in decimal base 10 is 1111, surprising though it may seem. 1111 in binary base 2 is only 15, a far less impressive number.

  4. 1111 is the simplest four digit number to write, besides 0000 which isn't even really there because it's nothing.

  5. The addition problem 1+1+1+1 is one of the few sums that even the most uneducated primary school student and the above-average intelligence politician can perform.

  6. 1111 does not contain the number 11 twice, rather the number 111 preceded or followed by 1.

Don't worry though, for if I have bored you to tears, panic, rage or a perplexing combination of all three, you can take a small measure of comfort knowing that the next time I could conceivably create a long winded and pointless post such as this one with little merit or value to any society let alone our own, it would have to be post 11111, a full 10000 posts ahead of this one. Given a fortune teller told me I would be hit by a bus later this year, it is doubtful I will ever reach that number.

Thank you, and have a pleasant morning. I'm not Bill Kurtis.

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