Today (that is, the day after New Year’s Day) is a bit of a special date as it’s a palindromic number in our date format: 01/02/2010.
A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards as it does backwards. Here are some of the most famous of these… know any more?
- Madam, I’m Adam
- A man, a plan, a canal… Panama!
- A dog! A panic in a pagoda!
- No devil lived on.
- Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Palindromes are not limited to just English, either – the Dutch word for thermometer is a fantastic example of one: koortsmeetsysteemstrook.
Pretty cool, huh?