Here Are the Links to All 24 11/11/11 Lists

We promised you twenty-four '11 lists' and twenty-four '11 lists' we delivered. A big thanks to Andréa Fernandes who helped keep things in order, and high fives to all our wonderful contributors for their wonderful contributions. I glanced at the stats, and as of this moment, here are the top four stories posted today:

1. The 11 Geekiest Family Portraits Ever, by Jill Harness

2. 11 Soldiers Welcomed Home by Very Happy Dogs, by Andréa Fernandes

3. 11 Sounds Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard, by Kara Kovalchik

4. 11 Women Warriors of World War II, by Miss Cellania

If you'd like to go back and see all 24 lists, here's where we're keeping them.

But Wait! There's More!

I went a little overboard assigning out 11 lists and accepting pitch ideas. In case a few stories didn't get turned in, I wanted to be covered. Of course everyone was decidedly punctual, so now there's a virtual pile of dynamite stuff. Rather than keep posting them tonight — you guys need some rest, as do our servers — here's what we'll do: a new 11 list will be posted at 11:11am and 11:11pm (Eastern) every day until my stockpile runs out.

Hope you enjoyed this. If we didn't set a personal traffic record today, we were close, which takes the sting out of the fact that this day started with my part of a segment on 11/11/11 getting cut from the CBS Early Show, which I'm blaming on Kurt Loder's new book of old movie reviews. (Maybe they can use it on 11/11/2111.)

But anyway, this proves we should do all-hands-on-deck stuff like this more often. If we can't think of anything creative, there's always 12/12/12.

The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas

When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”



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