Funny thing. Over the last few years I've regularly woken at night, looked at my digital clock, and found it was exactly 11.11 (we increasingly keep farmers' hours in this house). Or I'm reading, put the book away and glance at the clock, and it's eleven-elevening at me again.
This happens uncannily often. Statistically way too often. I try not to be superstitious, but it was hard not to wonder whether something was trying to tell me something. I even started playing with different combinations of the numbers for a lottery entry. Sad, eh?
The other night I woke and this time the clock read 4.44. I haven't worked out the odds, but there are only a few of such number sequences in any 24 hour period, so I began to wonder if certain patterns on the read-out were waking me with a subliminal electronic buzz, or something.
It's a bit disturbing to look this up on the web, as I've just done, and find that I am not alone. A google search on 'Digital clock wake up 11.11' returns 18,000 hits, for pity's sake. Uri Geller says he's been catching clocks doing the 11.11 thing for years;
"at first I thought they were coincidences, I would stand with my back to a digital clock and something made me turn around and I would notice that the time would be 11:11. These incidents intensified I would be checked into hotel rooms on floor 11 room 1111. I started noticing these digits on computers, microwave ovens, cars, documents, etc. I decided to write about it on my website. I was immediately inundated by hundreds of emails from all around the world. Individuals were telling me their own 11:11 stories, almost always saying "I thought it only happened to me"
Another site assures us these are messages from a group of fun-loving Spirit Guardians or Angels. You can sign up for the "11.11 Email Mailing List to receive the beautiful uplifting messages from various types of Celestial Beings".
Bum. I've joined the legions of mad mystics and the alien-abducted. And all I was trying to do was get some sleep.