Today is the first global palindrome day in 909 years (and there won't be another for 101 years)
For those unaware, today is a very special day to be alive. And it's not just because today marks the 54th Super Bowl championship between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. And it's not because my local church had a charity sale and I managed to pick up a boxed Super Nintendo for $20.
No, in case you didn't know, today is 909 years in the making.
You see, no matter how you write today's date, it is what's known as a palindrome. That is, a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as it does forwards. For example, the names 'Abba' or 'Hannah' or phrases like, "oozy rat in a sanitary zoo".
And February 2, 2020, can be written as the following:
Month, date, year: 02.02.2020
Date, month, year: 02.02.2020
Year, month, date: 2020.02.02
All of which, are palindromes. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but this phenomenon hasn't occurred for 909 years, on November 11, 1111 - or 11.11.1111.
Additionally, the world won't see another palindrome date on the Gregorian calendar for 101 years - on December 12, 2121, or 12.12.2121. (I guess if medical advancements come far enough, SOME of us may see that day - so it could be worth setting a reminder on your iPhone.)
For more information, check out this fascinating video below:
And if that wasn't enough to make your brain melt, today is also the 33rd day of 2020, meaning we have 333 days to go until 2021.
And it may seem niche, but some people on Twitter couldn't help but share their excitement:
So if you're celebrating a special occasion today, such as a wedding or graduation, just know that it's even more special thanks to the date.
Now, I don't know about you, but all these numbers are making me want to play the lottery...