Palindrome Week May 2015: What Is It And Why Are We Talking About It?

Did you know that this is Palindrome week? May, 2015, gives us a very interesting alignment of dates, which look the same if you read them forward or backwards.

According to Google, Palindrome is “a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward.” Paradise for numbers people and symmetry lovers.

Here you have the interesting palindrome week for May 2015.

If you look at the dates (imagine the dashes are not there), they read the same forward and backwards, making this a five digit palindrome week. May 2015 is not the only time this has taken place, though — it happened previously in this century and will happen again.

However, this is a rare occurrence, according to Aziz S. Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland.

“… in the mm-dd-yyyy format, the first Palindrome Day in the current millennium (January 1, 2001 to December 31, 3000) was October 2, 2001 (10-02-2001). The last Palindrome Day in the millennium will be September 22, 2290 (09-22-2290).”

There will be 12 Palindrome Days in the 21st century if you write your date in the mm-dd-yyyy format. The first one was on October 2, 2001 (10-02-2001) and the last one will be on September 2, 2090 (09-02-2090).

In the dd-mm-yyyy format, there are 29 Palindrome Days in the current century. The first was 10 February, 2001 (10-02-2001). The last is a special one – it’s a leap day! 29 February, 2092 (29-02-2092) will be the last Palindrome Day of the 21st century.”

Palindromes can exist in characters, names, words, numbers, line-units, and word-units. In literature, palindromes are used to make light of things and can end up being very funny for those reading the lines, as you can find at Literary Devices.

This is the first sentence using a palindrome that appeared in English language, back in 1614, in the book The Funny Side of English, according to the website. In this sentence, the words read the same forward and backward. Do you see it?

“Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel.”

Other interesting Palindromes are made of relatively famous names. Lon Nol (Prime Minister of Cambodia), Nisio Isin (Japanese novelist), Robert Trebor (actor), and Stanley Yelnats (character of the movie Holes).

Did you know that this was Palindrome Week May, 2015?

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