So, what is a palindrome you ask? A palindrome is a word, or phrase or even a number that can be read the same way in either direction .. beginning to end or end to beginning.
Examples of words: level, civic, radar, kayak
Examples of phrases: famous ones are “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!” and “Was it a rat I saw?”
Example of numbers: yesterday’s date 1102011 Do you see it? Read it both ways and you will.
These kinds of things fascinate me. It was brought to my attention again when I came across this blog today: http://gwenelle.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/palindromes-in-2011/ Gwenelle talks about interesting things on there, so you may like to read up on some of this.
I also visited Wikipedia to see what they have to say about it. Interestingly, they say January 2, 2010 (01022010) was the last one and that the next one will be November 2, 2011 (11022011) – but they completely missed January 10, 2011 (1102011)! Maybe because it is one fewer number? Dunno! You can check out the fascinating info they have here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palindrome
Do you ever give things like this any thought? What oddities interest you?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
I love palindromes! Next year, 12-12-12, isn’t a palindrome, but it will be my 40th birthday (if the Lord lets me live that long!) I think it will be so cool that my birthday is 121212!
Oh, that is fun, and there will be more weddings that day, too. People seem to like dates like that, so this year it will be November 11, 2011 (11.11.11). I am sure the Lord has much more in His plan for you, far beyond 40, so keep well!
A date that is very important for me is Feb. 28,1982. 2.28.82, with an additional 28 for personal reasons. If you’re curious send me an email and I will fill you in on that. 🙂
Hey Lynn, thanks for the mention in this post! As far as Wikipedia skipping Jan. 10, 2011, I think you’re right; they don’t count it because it’s only seven numbers. If it was in the same eight-number format as the other palindromes (01102011), it wouldn’t be a palindrome anymore. 🙂