Skip to comments.Whatís so special about today? Itís a palindrome [Same Forward and Backward]
Posted on 01/02/2010 8:37:01 AM PST by Fractal Trader
Thoreau never had one during his lifetime. Neither did George Washington nor Albert Einstein. Today in the United States, which uses the month/day/year format for dates, there is a rare chance to celebrate a palindrome date - 01/02/2010 - which reads the same forward as it does backward.
Discuss COMMENTS (40) Jan. 2, 2010, is the second such date out of 36 that occurs this millennium. The first was 10/02/2001.
Aziz Inan, a University of Portland electrical engineering professor, has been studying this phenomenon and speaks with great enthusiasm as he describes the history of palindrome dates.
Before 2001, he excitedly pointed out in an interview yesterday, the most recent was in 1308, since days of the month never exceed 31. The next date comes next year: 11/02/2011.
In much of the rest of the world, todays date appears as day/month/year, or 02/01/2010. But for inhabitants of these countries, rest assured that there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate even more than our paltry 36: they will get 60 between 2001 and 3000, Inan says.
Once you put the day in front of the month, everything changes for the rest of the world, said Inan, who is working on academic papers on the subject.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
But not in the UK, where today is 02/01/2010.
Able was I ere I saw Elba.
Monty Python (which features Michael PALIN)
from Dead Parrot sketch
Shopkeeper: It was a pun.
Praline: A pun?
Shopkeeper: No, no, not a pun, no. What’s the other thing which reads the same backwards as forwards?
Praline: A palindrome?
Shopkeeper: Yeah, yeah.
Praline: It’s not a palindrome. The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob. It don’t work.
At first...I thought this was another article about Sarah PALIN!
>>Aziz Inan, a University of Portland electrical engineering professor, has been studying this phenomenon and speaks with great enthusiasm
This is about as exciting as writing a book on the “multiply by 9” phenonenom. Must be great to be a university professor with nothing but free time on your hands.
Probably the only dates the good professor is familiar with.
I sure hope that he has not received a government grant to study this.
Beat me to it.
LOL. Very clever.
Compare and contrast to the anti-Palin drone, which is bass-ackwards no matter which way you look at it.
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
A university professor doesn’t “speak with enthusiam” about anything except anti-Americanism or things that they want grant money for!
One does get a sense that the good professor dropped the “e” off his surname.
1308 doesnt come out right. Heres what I come up with:
Last palindrome of last millennium:
First palindromes of this millennium:
“who is working on academic papers on the subject.”
“An academic paper?” Who cares?