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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: happynewyear; palindrome
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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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>>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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“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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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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