Today, February 2, 2020, is considered a palindrome date meaning that it reads the same forward and backward. The Greek word palindromos means running back again.
But today’s type of palindrome, with a four-digit year where the two-digit month and day are the same — no matter what culture you’re in, whether MM/DD or DD/MM — is unique and happens only about every millennium. Except for 12/12/2121 which is only 101 years away. Stay tuned for that article.
This year’s palindrome date is even rarer, 02/02/2020 occurs on the 33rd day of the year with 333 days left due to the leap year. If you got up at 2:02 am you’re extending the palindrome even further. But don’t worry, you can catch it again at 8:20 pm, or 20:20 this evening.
And that madam is how nurses run, with or without their race car, never odd or even… palindromically! (O.K. that’s not really a word.)
Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian