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11/11/11: The significance of the triple-11 on Friday

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From New York to China, place your bets! Tie the knot! Make a wish!

What will you be doing at 11:11 (a.m. or p.m.) on 11/11/11? (Photo: Flickr/ajgelado)

It's Friday, and it's also the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. Around the world, people are marking the triple convergence of 11s with a splash.

Some 1,000 ethnic Chinese couples exchanged vows across Malaysia on a date viewed as auspicious and romantic. In China, a special "1111" train started at 11:11 a.m. on the No. 11 line in Shanghai.

In Tenleytown, Z-Burger is offering customers 11-cent burgers and 11-cent fries. The catch? You have to be in the restaurant by 11:11 a.m.

Not everyone is smiling, however.

Egypt's antiquities authority closed the largest of the Great Pyramid of Giza following rumors that groups would try to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11.

In the U.S., the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., is planning drawings every 11 minutes for up to $1,111.

11/11 wedding bliss

In Port Charlotte, Fla., Sheila Barnett and Melissa Patrick will walk down an aisle and stand in front of a giant, crescent-shaped window at the Crowne Plaza in Manhattan, look each other in the eyes and say, "I do."

The same-sex couple from Florida was one of 11 couples that won a Facebook promotion called "Marry Me 11-11-11 Wedding Contest." The hotel awarded dream weddings to the couples on the once-in-a-century day that numerologists insist is a lucky day for love.

Yet as Barnett and Patrick packed their nearly identical dresses for the ceremony (Patrick will wear white, Barnett, purple), they tried not to think about this one fact: when they get home to Florida after their whirlwind, fairy-tale weekend, their marriage won't be legal in Florida.

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