11 Mar

Palindrome dates are here again… 

If you are a new reader you won’t know that I get rather excited by symmetrical numbers.  This is to compensate for my woeful maths O Level result, I have recently discovered.

There are so many palindrome dates this year, I’m struggling to find a new angle so, to continue the school theme (we’ve had music, maths, English), here’s a brief history of palindrome dates:

  • The first palindrome date was 01/01/1010, or 1/1/10…uh oh! 

Told you it was a brief history. 

You have to first decide on your date format.  As this blog is as unscientific as a philosopher in a wind storm, I decide on the format and no science in the world is going to convince me not to drop d/m/yy from the dd/mm/yyyy format.  (For goodness’ sake, don’t remind me about the American convention of mm/dd/yyyy, or you could be here ’til next 11/3/11 (3/11/11).)

I’ll go with interesting facts instead:

  • There are 366 Palindrome Dates between year 0001 and year 9999 if you go with mm/dd/yyyy, which I wasn’t going to do, but British daterologists are either in short supply or internet illiterate.

Yeah, that was pretty short, too.  Turns out dates aren’t that interesting.  Hence my marriage at age 21, when I discovered the Hub; life’s too short to spend three hours finding you have nothing in common except your hatred for the film Ordinary People.  Though that date was enlivened by a bomb scare.  Who says hoaxers are all bad?

So this post has fizzled out, but if you haven’t yet lost interest and you are interested in interesting dates, I have nothing of interest to say about them here, here, here and here.


14 Responses to “11.3.11”

  1. Cindy March 11, 2011 at 10:44 #

    Ordinary People must have been a dud film. I know I saw it, but I haven’t the vaguest memory what it was about. Was the bomb scare in South Africa?


    • Tilly Bud March 11, 2011 at 10:50 #

      I can’t remember, either. A reason not to trust the Oscars – most of the dullest films I’ve seen have been Oscar winners.

      I only remember it at all because of the bomb scare. It was in Runcorn, about 20 miles from here. The manager came in half way through and told us they had received a bomb threat and we could leave if we wanted to. Nobody did. I must still have had hope for both the date and the film.


  2. earlybird March 11, 2011 at 11:33 #

    I got to the end of the post but I was distinctly like the ‘philosopher in a wind storm’ (where did that come from?!) (ie confused) when I did.


    • Tilly Bud March 11, 2011 at 11:48 #

      I tried to think of something as unscientific as possible.

      If you’re confused, I’ve done my job properly 🙂


  3. slpmartin March 11, 2011 at 14:07 #

    Oh…it’s much to early to read about dates…I’m off for more morning coffee.;-)


  4. kateshrewsday March 11, 2011 at 21:10 #

    I had huge problems with my maths o level too, but still find numbers absorbing, Tilly. I love this post!


  5. vivinfrance March 11, 2011 at 22:29 #

    Um. Pinch me, I’m falling asleep.


  6. nrhatch March 11, 2011 at 23:48 #

    I’m waiting for 11/11/11. Then, I will pull out all the stops!

    And the malteasers will be on me. 😛


  7. Pseu March 11, 2011 at 23:59 #

    Eleventy eleventy eleven:now that will be exciting. Possibly.


  8. viewfromtheside March 13, 2011 at 07:06 #

    i’ll bet that bomb scare was your way of getting away



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