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Does anyone else enjoy noticing that today's date is 12-2-21?

Asked by Jeruba (55325points) December 2nd, 2021

Of course, that only works in the MMDDYY notation, American-style, not with day preceding month and not with the full year. And as for meaning, it hasn’t any. Still, it’s a pleasing symmetry, and in dates those are rare.

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ragingloli's avatar

It actually is 2–12-21

KRD's avatar

I never noticed today’s date had that until I saw this question.

janbb's avatar

Yup – and all the rest of the dates until 12/10 are palindromes as well.

janbb's avatar

Once when I was going through Immigration into England, the officer noted that my birth date and year were a palindrome but that was only in the UK/European listing.

JLeslie's avatar

Sure. I like numbers.

Zaku's avatar

I was thinking about 12–11-21 and 12–22-21 yesterday, on 12–1-21.

Perhaps we should write some notes for future generations of people who will wonder whether people were excited by these dates, telling them how we reveled in them.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I noticed it when I was sitting on the bus, and the read-out had it right there. It only works written in the American way. It still works if you write it out longer: 12–02-2021. It’s fun.

Brian1946's avatar

February 22 of next year will be majorly palindromic, with the American and European numerical layouts.

Jeruba's avatar

^^ As will February 2.

filmfann's avatar

If it was in the MMDDYY notation, it would be 12–02-21.

Jeruba's avatar

But that’s computer notation. It’s not people notation.

And if you want to look at it that way, then it has to be 02–22-22, and that’s unbalanced too.

I do regret missing 12–1–21.

filmfann's avatar

If you go MMDDYYYY you have 12022021, which is palindromic.

Jeruba's avatar

That’s a good one, @filmfann.

12321 coming right up.

raum's avatar

Is there a name for a palindrome that’s also an ambigram?

Jeruba's avatar

Whoa, @raum. Do you know one?

raum's avatar

Depending on the font, aren’t most of these dates? Zero, one and two all read the same on an old-school calculator.

janbb's avatar

It’s an ambigram. People were posting about this yesterday.

jca2's avatar

I saw a post on FB that it’s also the same upside down (if you look at the numbers upside down, they look the same as rightside up).

Brian1946's avatar

Two years with reciprocal verticality are 1881 (which would also apply to 1/8/81) and my beloved 1961 (which would also apply to 1/9/61).

January 21, 2020 was the 21st day, of the 21st year, of the 21st century.

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