You call that luck…or luck?

I was lucky enough to visit my page when the counter showed 1,11,111. Below given is a screenshot. But beware…the number 111 is supposed to be a bad omen. And doesn`t 111111 mean double the trouble?

The number 111 is sometimes called a “Nelson”, after Admiral Nelson. It is so called because the person who coined the term believed that Lord Nelson had one eye, one arm and one leg. The truth is…Nelson had one eye, one arm…but two legs.

Like elsewhere, in cricket too 111 is considered a bad omen. When the score stops at 111 runs…sometimes the batting teams walk out of the ground…relax for a few minutes and then walk in again. Umpire David Shepherd took the superstitions it to greater heights by standing on one leg for as long as the team didn’t pass the 111 runs mark.

A few consider 111 runs on the scoreboard as unlucky because the number resembles stumps without the bails. The argument continues…

If you still don`t believe in this 111 thing… here try this…there is an element called Roentgenium (Atomic Number – 111) and it had to wait till 2004 to get a good name…. Roentgenium. Earlier…it had been called ‘Unununium`. The only other name as obnoxious is duedonum. .

Another hint that 111 is unlucky comes in the form the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111. Ever since the route has been stopped. More than 230 lives were lost in the crash….the reason, they was the over-heating of the entertainment system. How silly …

The good news is… next time you are New Zealand and are in trouble…you can call 111 – it is the emergency telephone number of that country!

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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