E is for Eleven

When I was around twelve years old, I read a book called “Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian.” Ever since, the number eleven has been my favorite number.

Why, you ask?

One of the characters in the book was named Eleven-snowflake. He wasn’t the drunken Indian, Flapping Eagle, who was played by Anthony Quinn, in case you wondered. Eleven-snowflake was Flapping Eagle’s best friend and a quiet, introspective fellow.

Anyway, that’s how it all began. Eleven is an interesting number. Not only do I like the sound of it, but I like the way it looks when it is written numerically and in script. I even like it in other languages, especially Russian: ah-DEEN-ahdt-zaht, and Hebrew: ah-KHAHT-es-reh

Here are some fun facts about the number 11:

Eleven got its name from the Old English endleofan meaning, “one left (over ten).”

Whenever I notice the time is 11:11am or pm, I make a wish because it is supposed to come true at that hour. This probably doesn’t work, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

People who are attracted to 11:11 are said to “have the 11:11 phenomenon.”

World War 1 on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

I just learned that according an online numerology chart, the number 11 is also my name number, as the letters in Susan add up to 11. Weird. Usually you would break your number down to one digit, but eleven is a master number which means it cannot be broken down. Here’s what it says about number eleven people:

“A Number Eleven person soon gives evidence that he or she is destined to achieve some mystical or humanitarian goal. People on this vibration are generally on a higher spiritual plane than most of their fellows. Number Eleven individuals seek out others who are visionaries, dreamers, psychics, and idealists. Together with other visionaries, the Number Eleven strives to reveal something new and uplifting to the world.”

Boy, do I feel special! :-)


Anthony Quinn in the movie The Voice of La Raz...

Anthony Quinn in the movie The Voice of La Raza from 1972. Español: Anthony Quinn en la pelicula The Voice of La Raza de 1972. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

30 thoughts on “E is for Eleven

  1. Fascinating post. Outside of pure mathematics, I’m not sure that most of us would view a number as being special (outside of perhaps a ‘Lucky’ number that we have randomly chosen). I love combinations of ‘4’s personally but don’t view that as being Lucky or in any other way influential.


  2. What an interesting and fun post! My life path number and my name are both an 8. I added up all the numbers in my address and it also adds to eight. Each address I’ve had in Vietnam has added up to 8. How weird.


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