Palindromes are fun. A palindrome is a number, word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward. For example, 1221, noon, or Madam, I’m Adam are palindromes.

The word palindrome comes from the Greek word palindromos meaning ‘running back again.’ I think the word for palindrome should be a palindrome. I wonder why it isn’t.

Aziz Inan, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland in Oregon has compiled a list of palindromic days in this century.

The second palindromic day of this century was January 2, 2010.   01/02/2010. The first was 10-02-2001.

Because palindromes are written differently in different countries he has compiled a list of dates for countries where the date is written Month/Day/Year-

In the MMDDYYYY Date Format (first five (5) of 12 in 21st century):

  • October 2, 2001 (10022001)
  • January 2, 2010 (01022010)
  • November 2, 2011 (11022011)
  • February 2, 2020 (02022020)
  • December 2, 2021 (12022021)

And a list of dates where the date is written Day, Month, Year.

In the DDMMYYYY Date Format (first five (5) of 29 in 21st century):

  • 10 February 2001 (10022001)
  • 20 February 2002 (20022002)
  • 1 February 2010 (01022010)
  • 11 February 2011 (11022011)
  • 21 February 2012 (21022012)

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-palindrome2-2010jan02,0,6788304.story