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Subject: Re: [Leica] "palindromic" moment
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 10:34:51 +0100
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Hi Mark,

it looks even nicer when you write the date and time the way they do 
it in Sweden, i.e starting with the largest denomination and working 
downwards. I think it is an ISO standard, and it works well on my 
computer too, because it makes sorting by date real easy. I started 
using that system about 15 yrs ago and have kept it, but now even 
Gates probably has a date sorting function in his programs.

Anyway it would look like this 2002 0220 2002

It works adding second and hundreds of seconds too, but then you will 
have to get up earlier in the morning for the celebration.

2002 0220 0220 2002


>I got this from my Aunt.
>On February 20th this year (next Wednesday), precisely at 8.02 p.m., a
>remarkable, "palindromic" moment in time will occur.  Although not
>marked by any chiming of clocks or ringing of bells, at that precise
>time and on that specific date, something will happen which has not
>occurred for over 1,000 years.  And it will never happen again - ever!
>As the clock ticks over from 8.01p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, time
>will (for sixty seconds only) reckon in a perfect symmetry:  20:02,
>20/02, 2002. This is known as a "palindrome" - i.e., when a set of
>numbers or letters reads exactly the same forward and backward.
>This is an event which, since the beginning of time, has happened only
>once before.  That previous occasion was long before the digital watch
>and the 24-hour clock were invented.  It occurred on January 10, 1001,
>at 10.01a.m. [10:01, 10/01, 1001].   Because there are only 24 hours in
>a day, after February 20th of this year, there will never again be an
>occasion when time will reckon palindromically in this way.
>Mark Rabiner
>Portland, Oregon USA
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