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Palindrome week: What's the deal with the dates this week, all palindromes?

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Palindrome Week is upon us. Today is Monday, April 14, 2014. In numerical form we have 4/14/14, or if you prefer it backward, 4/14/14. Voila, a palindrome, or by definition, “a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or backwards.”

Says NewsMax today: “Palindrome Week started on 4/12/14 and ends on 4/19/14, and those dates and the ones in between read the same no matter which direction you start from.”

For some overseas readers, Examiner has to say that we’re sorry – Palindrome Week is only for those in the U.S. or a few other countries, not because we’re just snobs when it comes to sharing outlandish weekly celebrations of everything from Barbershop Quartet Day (which was on Friday of last week) to International Moment of Laughter Day (which is today – Hah!), but because many other countries format their dates with the month in between the date and year.

As far as the significance? Nothing really, though we do have the blood moon thing going on this week. Coincidence?

Here are a few other palindromes: RACECAR, LEVEL, ROTOR, MADAM… you get the picture.

Says FunWithWords.com: “The longest single English word in common usage which is a palindrome is REDIVIDER, although the contrived chemical term DETARTRATED is two letters longer.”

A few other palindromes in sentence form:

Was it a car or a cat I saw?

A Toyota.

Drab as a fool, aloof as a bard.

A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.

So enjoy the goofy bit of trivia and the video. Share with your friends! Have a palindrome to lay on us? Leave it in comments below.

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