This week is palindrome week and although it doesn't happen often, it is definitely comprised of some rather interesting dates that have been the source of fascination and speculation for many centuries, according to 69 WFMZ TV News.
As explained by Palm Beach Post Blogs today, palindrome week is one of those “just for fun” type things, but it is especially interesting because the date will read the same forwards as it does backwards the entire week. Here's the dates: 4/13/14, 4/14/14, 4/15/14, 4/16/14, 4/17/14, 4/18/14 and 4/19/14.
What is a palindrome? Very simple: a word or phrase that reads the same from left to right, right to left. Just so you understand better, here's a classic example, "live not on evil." As evidenced above, a number can also be a palindrome and the following numbers are more examples of palindromic numbers: 34,443, 181, 2442 ...
Slate.com notes that with that "4" right in the middle, today might be the most "palindromest" day of all. Palindromes as a form of wordplay have been used for many centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans are known to have often inscribed palindromes onto their fountains. The following phrase is an example of ancient Roman palindrome:"In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni."It means we enter the circle after dark and are consumed by fire and is said to describe the movement of moths. According to Guinness World Records, the Finnish word saippuakivikauppias (soapstone vendor), a 19-letter word, is claimed to be the world's longest palindromic word in everyday use.
Check out the following examples of more palindrome phrases: "Madam, I'm Adam."Never odd or even." "No lemon, no melon." "Was it a car or a cat I saw?" "Not New York Roy went on." "Not so, Boston."