I’m writing this on a very special day — and moment — that comes just once a century.
In fact, this very moment is quite unique — 11:11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011. It is, some rock fans will tell you, The Nigel Second. It only happens twice on Nigel Tufnel Day, which won’t come around again until Nov. 11, 2111.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, 11/11/11 has been picked by fans as a day to honor Spinal Tap axeman Nigel Tufnel, a character made legendary by actor Christopher Guest in Rob Reiner’s 1984 mocumentary classic, This is Spinal Tap. And, of course, 11:11:11 a.m. and 11:11:11 p.m. have been dubbed The Nigel Second.
Tufnel’s amps, you’ll recall, had volume knobs that went up to 11 — a fact explained by the fictional Brit guitar icon in one of the flick’s more memorable scenes. Hence the fascination with the number 11.
And this has been picking up steam. There’s both a facebook page and a website devoted to Nigel Tufnel Day, which has also hit the blogosphere, including on Blog on the Tracks, music writer Simon Sweetman’s music blog.
So, if you missed the moment you still have your last chance to celebrate at 11:11:11 p.m. tonight. Go out, rent the movie and make a night of it.
I mean, who knows where we’ll be in 100 years.
Happy Nigel Tufnel Day.
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