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Mathematicians, geeks celebrate rare palindrome day

 

February 2, 2020



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mathematicians and geeks everywhere celebrated a rare occurrence Sunday, 02/02/2020, a kind of 8-digit palindrome that hasn't happened for more than 900 years.

A palindrome is any sequence, phrase or word that reads the same backward as forward. And 02/02/2020 is considered a "universal palindrome" because it reads the same whether written as "Month/Day/Year" as the United States does, or "Day/Month/Year" as many other countries do.

The last universal palindrome occurred on 11/11/1111. The next one won't come until 12/12/2121.

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