In addition to being Groundhog Day (and let’s all hope that Punxsutawney Phil is right in predicting an early spring, by the way ) today is also Palindrome Day.
That’s because, for the first time in 909 years, the date written out in Arabic numerals — 02/02/2020 — is the same when read backwards or forwards. That’s true whether you put the month first, as Americans do, or the day of the month first, as Brits and Euros and others do.
As someone who goes by Bob, I’ve got a soft spot for palindromes.
The last time a Palindrome Day happened was on November 11, 1111. I’m skeptical that anyone mired in the Dark Ages ever actually wrote the date out as 11/11/1111, because I don’t think that approach to writing out dates became prevalent until centuries later, but that’s the last time the palindrome effect occurred. We can all aspire to make it to the next Palindrome Day, which will be in 101 years, on 12/12/2121. With some clean living and exercise, why not? After that, we won’t see the next Palindrome Day until March 3, 3030, or 03/03/3030. Let’s hope that humanity is around to celebrate it!