If you are familiar with the sentence “Madam, I’m Adam,” you might know what a palindrome is. A palindrome is a term for when a word or phrase is spelled the same way backward as it is forward. Some other examples of palindromes include level, kayak, civic, radar, solos, tenet; names like Mom, Dad, Bob, Otto, and Hannah, and sentences like “Was it a bar or a bat I saw?” or “Too Hot To Hoot.”
There are more elaborate sentences of palindromes that will amaze. Take this 2 sentence palindrome, for example:
Are we not pure? “No, sir!” Panama’s moody Noriega brags. “It is garbage!” Irony dooms a man — a prisoner up to new era.
But some palindromes can be dates.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, marks the beginning of a palindrome 10-day stretch. For 10 consecutive days, we’ll be treated to palindromes in the m-dd-yy format, which is common in the United States. These dates are the same forward as they are backward:
Time and Date tells us, “As long as you write your date in the m-dd-yy format, every century has 9 years with 10 Palindrome Days in a row. These years are always in the second decade of the century. For example, every year between 2011-2019, 2111-2119, and 2211-2219 will have 10 consecutive Palindrome Days. This is true for previous centuries as well.”
More Than Words
It’s always fun when dates and times have interesting patterns; many people get married on these dates. For instance, when it was 12/12/12 or 11/11/11.
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:
- October 2, 2001 (10022001)
- January 2, 2010 (01022010)
- November 2, 2011 (11022011)
- February 2, 2020 (02022020)
- December 2, 2021 (12022021)
- March 2, 2030 (03022030)
- April 2, 2040 (04022040)
- May 2, 2050 (05022050)
- June 2, 2060 (06022060)
- July 2, 2070 (07022070)
- August 2, 2080 (08022080)
- September 2, 2090 (09022090)
What other fun dates or words can you think of that are palindromes? Share them with us!