June 16, 2021

Why A Day Like Sunday Hasn’t Been Seen In 900 Years

Maybe symmetry is inherently pleasing. Perhaps it is the whiff of cosmic clout. Or it could be that in our divided times, uniting over something as indisputable as the date is just the divertissement we crave.
Palindrome derives from the Greek word for running back again, and defines a number, word or phrase that is the same read forward and backward. (Think: “Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam.”)

Aziz Inan is professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland and a palindrome aficionado. Tracing back and looking ahead over centuries, he mines palindromes like gems and says the last time we had an eight-digit palindrome date was 908 years ago on 11-11-1111.

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