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Whatís so special about today? Itís a palindrome [Same Forward and Backward]
Boston Globe ^ | 2 January 2010 | Emma Stickgold

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, today’s 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.

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1 posted on 01/02/2010 8:37:03 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsgeTNnYywg


2 posted on 01/02/2010 8:39:40 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Fractal Trader

But not in the UK, where today is 02/01/2010.


3 posted on 01/02/2010 8:42:08 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Fractal Trader

Able was I ere I saw Elba.


4 posted on 01/02/2010 8:44:55 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: proxy_user

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.


5 posted on 01/02/2010 8:45:03 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Fractal Trader
I graduated from high school on one of rare play dough days when the number is the same when viewed upside down.

1961

6 posted on 01/02/2010 8:45:55 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Fractal Trader

WOW


7 posted on 01/02/2010 8:46:26 AM PST by fhayek
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To: Fractal Trader

At first...I thought this was another article about Sarah PALIN!


8 posted on 01/02/2010 8:48:44 AM PST by goodnesswins (Become a Precinct Committee Person/Officer....in the GOP...or do NOT complain.)
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To: Fractal Trader

>>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.


9 posted on 01/02/2010 8:51:12 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: Fractal Trader
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.

Probably the only dates the good professor is familiar with.

10 posted on 01/02/2010 8:51:40 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Bryanw92

I sure hope that he has not received a government grant to study this.


11 posted on 01/02/2010 8:52:32 AM PST by fhayek
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To: Charles Martel

Beat me to it.


12 posted on 01/02/2010 8:53:14 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM where are you?)
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To: Skooz

LOL. Very clever.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 8:53:54 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Fractal Trader

Compare and contrast to the anti-Palin drone, which is bass-ackwards no matter which way you look at it.


14 posted on 01/02/2010 8:55:53 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Fractal Trader

A man, a plan, a canal, Panama


15 posted on 01/02/2010 8:57:42 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: fhayek

A university professor doesn’t “speak with enthusiam” about anything except anti-Americanism or things that they want grant money for!


16 posted on 01/02/2010 8:57:42 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: Bryanw92

One does get a sense that the good professor dropped the “e” off his surname.


17 posted on 01/02/2010 8:59:14 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Fractal Trader
Before 2001, he excitedly pointed out in an interview yesterday, the most recent was in 1308, since days of the month never exceed 31.

1308 doesn’t come out right. Here’s what I come up with:

Last palindrome of last millennium:

• 09/31/1390

First palindromes of this millennium:

• 10/02/2001
• 01/02/2010
• 11/02/2011

18 posted on 01/02/2010 8:59:24 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Fractal Trader

“who is working on academic papers on the subject.”

“An academic paper?” Who cares?


19 posted on 01/02/2010 9:03:39 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Fractal Trader

20 posted on 01/02/2010 9:07:32 AM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: Young Werther
I was around back then too and still remember this ...

21 posted on 01/02/2010 9:08:54 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Fractal Trader
Racecar
22 posted on 01/02/2010 9:10:43 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Damn the King and double damn him!")
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To: Fractal Trader


23 posted on 01/02/2010 9:12:08 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Jim 0216; Fractal Trader
Correction:

I'm figuring the last palindrome of last millennium:

• 08/31/1380

24 posted on 01/02/2010 9:14:50 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Young Werther
I graduated from high school on one of rare play dough days when the number is the same when viewed upside down: 1961

You'll have to wait until 6009 to do that again.

25 posted on 01/02/2010 9:16:14 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Charles Martel

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.


26 posted on 01/02/2010 9:16:19 AM PST by XEHRpa
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To: Fractal Trader

Race Car backwards is....Race Car


27 posted on 01/02/2010 9:18:10 AM PST by peteram
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To: oh8eleven

I remember that!!


28 posted on 01/02/2010 9:23:40 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: Young Werther

This made the cover of MAD magazine, IIRC. Last upside-down year ‘til 6009 !


29 posted on 01/02/2010 9:32:07 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: peteram

Doc,note,I dissent.A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod.


30 posted on 01/02/2010 9:33:55 AM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: dr_lew; oh8eleven

Geez. You gotta move fast around here!


31 posted on 01/02/2010 9:34:14 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Jim 0216

Doesn’t September only have 30 days?


32 posted on 01/02/2010 9:37:01 AM PST by Elixis
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To: Fractal Trader

When my sister was little we would tease her, “Anna is a palindrome, Anna is a palindrome.” She would cry and run to my Mom and tell her we were teasing her.
We would reply that technically we weren’t teasing her, Anna really is a palindrome. My Mom never thought it was funny.


33 posted on 01/02/2010 9:40:46 AM PST by TriGirl (Lurking for 7 years!!!!!)
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To: Fractal Trader

Oh boy! Let’s all CELEBRATE. Let’s all get drunk and act like idiots again—quick, to the Hallmark Store!

But srsly, who gives an actual crap? Dates are completely arbitrary.


34 posted on 01/02/2010 9:42:01 AM PST by j-damn
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To: oh8eleven
I started reading MAD at Issue 1. when I went off to college in the fall of 1961 I wrapped all my comics and MAD magazines and put them in the attic. I forgot about them till I entered the Air Force and became interested in antiques.

I was stationed in Texas and started collecting kerosene lamps and old furniture. At an collectible fair I saw what old comics and magazines were worth. I returned home on leave with dollar signs in my eyes. Alas Dad had cleaned out the attic while installing new insallation and tossed my books. Darn!

35 posted on 01/02/2010 9:49:04 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Young Werther
Alas Dad had cleaned out the attic ...
I think that's a common experience for many of our generation.
I grew up in the NYC area when Willie, Mickey and the Duke were roaming their respective center fields. I had shoe boxes filled with their baseball cards.
In 1966 I went off to Parris Island and my card collection went off to the landfill (sigh).
36 posted on 01/02/2010 9:57:53 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Elixis

Right - I re-figured it to 08/31/1380.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 10:00:40 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Fractal Trader

Only works with a leading zero which are useless anywhere but on forms.

Sex at noon taxes.

Yo, banana boy.

Lager, sir, is regal.

The new O. J. Simpson theme park...DNA Land

Do geese see God?

Adios, Ida.

From “The Ballad of Palindrome” by Riders in the Sky.


38 posted on 01/02/2010 10:01:59 AM PST by Southern Partisan (One issue voter...and it ain't abortion.)
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To: Fractal Trader

1-1-11, 11-1-11 11-11-11, 3 dates that are all ones in 2011, if you drop the 20.


39 posted on 01/02/2010 10:03:02 AM PST by Waco (Never have so many strove so hard to commit treason.)
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To: Southern Partisan

So, Ida, adios.


40 posted on 01/02/2010 10:04:30 AM PST by Southern Partisan (One issue voter...and it ain't abortion.)
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To: Fractal Trader
“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.

I wouldn't doubt he's working on a government grant.

41 posted on 01/02/2010 10:05:04 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: RegulatorCountry

LOL!


42 posted on 01/02/2010 10:10:08 AM PST by Don W (I keep some people's numbers in my phone so I know not to answer when they call)
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To: proxy_user

>> But not in the UK, where today is 02/01/2010.

That’s an Obamadrome.


43 posted on 01/02/2010 10:12:34 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Fractal Trader
Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?

More!!!

44 posted on 01/02/2010 10:13:10 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Bryanw92

As the offspring of a uni professor, “nothing but free time” on their hands is not a common occurrence. My guess is this is his hobby. The guy’s an EE, for pete’s sake.


45 posted on 01/02/2010 10:25:38 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Bryanw92
May I ask what you have against uni professors? Many may be liberal wackos, but they still have things that enthuse them that don't involve anti-Americanism or government money.
46 posted on 01/02/2010 10:28:57 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Jim 0216
1308 doesn’t come out right. Here’s what I come up with:

Last palindrome of last millennium:

09/31/1390

So, actually it's: 08/31/1208

47 posted on 01/02/2010 10:32:15 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Jim 0216

Oops, sorry. Apparently I somehow fat fingered by View Replies. Eeeek.


48 posted on 01/02/2010 10:34:11 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Fractal Trader

Showed this to my 10 year old.

“Cool daddy, notice it’s also the same upside down?”

No, I didn’t.


49 posted on 01/02/2010 10:47:34 AM PST by IAMIUBU
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To: FourPeas

I think last palindrome date from last millennium was 08/31/1380.


50 posted on 01/02/2010 10:53:41 AM PST by Jim 0216
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