Check your watch when it’s 11:11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11

Check your watch at a little after 11 a.m. today. It will be 11:11:11 on the date 11/11/11. That will be the only time that the date and time will read the same way forward and backward for a hundred years. (That’s called a perfect same-numbered palindrome, The Editor.)

11/11/11 is also important because after 12/12/12 next year, the numbers won’t line up again for another 100 years. A lot of people think that on the 11th second of the 11th minute of the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, you can make a wish and it might come true.

Also on Nov. 11 in 1918, the First World War ended. It ended on the 11th second of the 11th minute.  Nov. 11 is the 315th day of the year.