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Circulating message notes that if you add the last two digits of your birth year to the age that you will be this year you will come up with 111, a number significant in the year 2011 because it will have four dates that consist of multiples of the number 1, such as 11/11/11.

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Last updated: 25th January 2011

First published: 25th January 2011

Article written by Brett M. Christensen

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This year we will experience 4 unusual dates.... 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 ......... So figure this out.... take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL .... 111

This message is currently moving around Facebook and other social networks and blogs and also circulates via email. The message first notes that the year 2011 features four unusual dates that are made up of multiples of the number one, specifically 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11. It then outlines the following math trick. If you add the last two digits of the year you were born to the age that you will be this year, your answer will be the number 111. The message implies that the answer "111" is particularly significant because of the unusual prevalence of "1's" in 2011 dates.

Of course, it is certainly true that 2011 has four dates made up of multiple "1's." And the math trick does work for people born in the last century. For example, I was born in the year 1963. I will be turning 48 this year. So:

- 63 + 48 = 111

- 05 + 6 = 11

- 2010: 63 + 47 = 110
- 2009: 63 + 46 = 109
- 2012: 63 + 49 = 112

Your birth year + your age = 111. How?

Last updated: 25th January 2011

First published: 25th January 2011

Article written by Brett M. Christensen

About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer