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This Month Is Full of Palindromes!

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This Month Is Full of Palindromes!

A palindrome is the term for when a word or phrase is spelled the same way backwards as it is forward. Some examples of palindromes include level, kayak, civic, radar, solos, tenet, names like Bob, Otto, and Hannah, and sentences like “Was it a bar or a bat I saw?” or “Too Hot To Hoot.”

Palindromes aren’t limited to words, though. Numbers can also be palindromes, like today’s date: 7/17/17 if you use less than the full form of of the month in the date. Like what’s happening in July:

71017
71117
71217
71317
71417
71517
71617
71717
71817
71917

It’s always fun when dates and times have interesting patterns; many people get married on these interesting dates. For instance, when it was 12/12/12, or 11/11/11.

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Dates like 11/02/2011, which include the full two-digit form of the day and month, and the full four-digit form of the year, are rare palindromes. There are only 12 such dates in this entire century.

Here’s a list of them all:

  1. October 2, 2001 (10022001)
  2. January 2, 2010 (01022010)
  3. November 2, 2011 (11022011)
  4. February 2, 2020 (02022020)
  5. December 2, 2021 (12022021)
  6. March 2, 2030 (03022030)
  7. April 2, 2040 (04022040)
  8. May 2, 2050 (05022050)
  9. June 2, 2060 (06022060)
  10. July 2, 2070 (07022070)
  11. August 2, 2080 (08022080)
  12. September 2, 2090 (09022090)

What other fun dates or words can you think of?

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