02.02.2020

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961

A palindrome, a palindrome, a most amazing palindrome—a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward. Today’s date, written in the format, MM/DD/YYYY is a palindrome. The same is true if you prefer the alternate form DD/MM/YYYY. Another palindrome date using just the first date formats won’t occur for more than another century, not until 12/12/2121. After that their frequency is on the order of one per millennium. You could at the risk of encountering a Y2K problem, get four more palindrome dates over the next couple of years, using the abbreviated date format MM/DD/YY: 

  • February 11, 2020 (02-11-20)
  • February 22, 2020 (02-22-20)
  • December 11, 2021 (12-11-21)
  • December 22, 2021 (12-22-21)

Here is a little bit more of geekdom from Twitter. There are 333 days until year’s end and we are 33 days from the start of the year. The first rule of Palindromists Fight Club is “name no-one, man.”

But wait there’s more, today is also Groundhog Day. If you happen to be like Bill Murray, you could relive this day over and over and over again. What fun! Imagine yourself basking in the warm winter’s glow with Punxsutawney Phil nestled in your lap, being all furry and soft, but watch out for his teeth. He bites.

Finally, rounding out this trifecta, today is also Superbowl Sunday, which is not the same as a Superb Owl Sunday. This national holiday that is actually not a holiday is when Americans sit around the TV, drink beer, eat chips and watch commercials. I think that there is something else that I’m forgetting… Don’t worry, it will eventually come to me. Not the healthiest of holidays, but heck, it’s February, which is basically all about survival. This is a leap year, so this February will be a little bit tougher than most.

I hope Phil cuts us all some slack on this whole winter thing and that no one gets themselves trapped in any endless loops. I’ve created more than my fair share of those over the years. I don’t really care which team wins the game. I told you that it would come back to me. If I do watch any of the show, it will be only to see the new ads. Anyway, have a pleasant palindrome day.

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