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  • January 11, 2010
  • Palindrome day

    Well, this is a really geeky way to get a blog post done but I hope the novelty of the situation makes it a little bit entertaining for you.

    Today is January 11, 2010.  In common numeric notation the date is 01/11/10 which is a palindrome because the numbers read the same forward and back.  You might be more familiar with palindromes that are word based like “Able was I ere I saw Elba” or “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.”  the list is endless try googling palindrome if you have time.

    But back to dates.

    A recent article in the Boston Globe put palindrome dates into perspective.  The article said, “Thoreau never had one during his lifetime. Neither did George Washington nor Albert Einstein.”  What a poor benighted age that was!

    The Globe article also claims that there will be a total of 36 palindrome dates in this millennium but things get sticky here.  The first palindrome date this millennium was October 2, 2001 (10/02/2001) and the most recent was January 2, 2010.  But the perception of the palindrome depends on how you write the date.  In Europe 10/02/2010 is 02/10/2010 and thus not a pallindrome.  Interestingly the European way of writing dates will provide for 60 palindrome dates in this millennium compared to our mere 36.

    Whatever.  However you write your dates, Enjoy your day!

    Published: 14 years ago

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