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11/11/11: The Greatest Binary Day Of All

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November 11, 2011, (or 11/11/11) will be your last binary day for almost a century, so enjoy it while it lasts.

We know we will.

Don't know what a binary day is? It's a date that consists of only 1's and 0's when written in mm/dd/yy format (or dd/mm/yy for our European readers). "Binary years" have only 9 such dates, meaning there are only 36 binary days in a century.

This binary day is as rare as it gets, since all six numbers in the date are 1's.

Be sure to scroll down for a very special binary treat.

When's the next binary day? Not until January 1, 2100 (1/1/00). (You can see a full list of binary dates from 2010 and 2011 at ExploringBinary.com.)

But like many odd dates, everyone has some odd prediction for the historic day. In fact, Egyptian officials have decided to close the Great Pyramid of Giza over fears that "strange rituals" may take place, according to Breitbart.

But sometimes weird things do happen.

From Fox News:

The last time it 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.

Dr. Manny Alvarez of Fox News is also predicting that the date will break birth records worldwide.

But aside from the bizarre, it will truly be a special day for many couples. Apparently, wedding bookings for 11/11/11 are through the roof, making it one of the most popular dates in history to get married.

We'd also like to give a shout-out to fifth-grader Jacob Roach, who turns 11 years old at 11:57 p.m. on 11/11/11.

In any case, this is your last real excuse to play with binary and not truly expose your innermost nerd.

You can get your fix of simple binary fun (and email your friends some coded messages) using one of these simple binary coding tools:

Binary to Text (ASCII) Conversion



Binary Translator


Here's a little treat for the greatest binary day ever (We promise it's not as cruel as last time):

01101000 01110100 01110100 01110000 00111010 00101111 00101111 01100010 01101001 01110100 00101110 01101100 01111001 00101111 01110011 01101100 01100011 01110000 00110101 01001110

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