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i love palindromes. i've gotten several versions of this email over the past 2 days, but it's wrong. there has been another palindromic time in the past: 11:11 am, on november 11, 1111 - 11:11, 11/11, 1111. and there will be another one: 9:12 pm, on december 21, 2112 - 21:12, 21/12, 2112. those are just the times that match the format used in this email. i'm sure there are a lot of other times that are palindromic from beginning to end, (i.e. each segment is not a palindrome in itself, but part of the larger palindrome). how much fun would it be to figure them all out?
8:02 p.m. on February 20 this year will be an historic moment in time. It will not be marked by the chiming of any clocks or the ringing of bells, but at that precise time, on that specific date, something will happen which has not occurred for 1,001 years and will never happen again.
As the clock ticks over from 8.01 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, time will, for sixty seconds only, read in perfect symmetry --- "2002, 2002, 2002." Or to be more precise --- "20:02, 20/02, 2002."
[Most of the world, including our military, uses the 24 hour clock -- which means 8:02 p.m. = 20:02 -- and places the date in front of the month -- which means February 20 (2/20) is called 20 February (20/02).]
The last occasion that time read in such a symmetrical pattern was long before the days of the digital watch and the 24-hour clock -- at 10.01a.m. on January 10, 1001. And because the clock only goes up to 23:59, it is something that will never happen again.
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