Sunday, February 2, 2020

Happy Global Palindrome Day 02/02/2020, the First in 909 Years; Groundhog Day Fat Fail; and Bill Maher's How To Do The Trump Wrong Thing

Happy Palindrome Day 02/02/2020 Infographic from the MHX NWS


Full disclosure:

While I started this entry on Sunday, Feb 2nd, I didn't actually post it until late Monday night, Feb 3rd. However, because of the very topic of the entry, I'm necessarily back-posting it to Feb 2nd. 

Also, I decided not to post it to the time of 02:02 a.m. EST, since that felt too strained and that isn't palindromic.

Reposted from CNN (without any inline links)…

Today is 02/02/2020 -- the first global palindrome day in 909 years

By Emma Reynolds, CNN
Updated 9:32 AM ET, Sun February 2, 2020
Source here

London (CNN) -- Today is a very special occasion -- the date is a palindrome, meaning it is the same when read forwards and backwards.

It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format. At just after 2 a.m., it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020.

This is the only time such a date will occur this century.

The previous palindrome date in all formats came 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. The next will come in 101 years on 12/12/2121 and after that there will not be another until 03/03/3030.

Solihull School Maths Department wrote on Twitter: "Today is a Palindrome Day in all date formats (UK, USA, ISO). It's also a palindrome day of the year (33) and there are a palindrome number of days left in the year (333). Quite a unique day!"

The Royal Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas was advertising weddings on the "significant" date, pointing out that your two-year anniversary would fall on 2/2/22. "Two being the ultimate symbolic number representing you and your spouse to be."

It's also Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog Day.

Concerning the Global Palindrome Day and Groundhog Day connection, above is a picture from Punxsutawney, Pa., that sort of wraps the two together, whether intentionally or not.


November 11, 2011 caused a major stir, when the clock struck 11:11:11 on 11/11/11.

It was the only double-figure palindromic date and will not come round again for 100 years, in 2111.

However, it is not as perfect as 02/02/2020, because using the full year, 2011, ruins the symmetry.

Las Vegas chapels were bursting at the seams with couples wanting to tie the knot on 11/11/11, with "queen of nightlife" Tiffany Masters holding what she billed as the world's largest reception.

Verizon Wireless launched its Droid Razr at 11:11 on 11/11/11 …

… and there was even a movie "11-11-11," about an American author plagued by strange happenings and constant sightings of the number 11.

Human brains are naturally inclined to look for patterns, and many consider such dates lucky. Daniel Hardt, president of Life Path Numerology Center in Indianapolis, called it a "powerful day."

OK, then …


In September, there was a week of palindrome dates using the US format, if you removed the 20- in the year. There was 9/10/19, 9/11/19 and so on, through to 9/19/19. But of course, these only worked with the US format of MM/DD/YYY.

There had been one of these every year since 2011, but that was the last of the century.

A palindrome is any word, phrase or sequence of numbers that reads the same whether you read it forward or backward, such as "mom," "race car" or "tacocat." Author James Joyce invented "tattarrattat," which is supposed to be the sound of a knock on the door and the longest single-word palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Famous palindromes include "rats live on no evil star," "never odd or even" and "a man, a plan, a canal, Panama." The phrase "A Toyota's a Toyota" can continue as a palindrome forever, as in, "A Toyota's a Toyota's a Toyota..."

Palindrome comes from the Greek words "palin," which means "again, back" and "dromos," meaning "running," according to So palindrome is a word or phrase that runs back on itself.


Turning to the annual silly charade of Groundhog Day …

Fatso "Punxsy" Phil held aloft by one of his handlers at the actual Groundhog Day ceremony in Gobbler's Knob (park), Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb 2, 2020


Punxsutawney Phil, "failed" to see his shadow and so, therefore, it means winter is over instead of six weeks more of it (which, of course, there is by definition in terms of astronomical season duration).

Infographic on Groundhog Day "predictions" -- back to 1887 and detailed for 2010 - 2019, inclusive


Yes, that's right …

Closeup of our friend Phil

Where do they find a new Phil when an old one passes away??


… an obese, sedentary rodent living in human captivity -- Phil lives the rest of the year in "Phil's Borrow" (previously, the less appealing Groundhog Zoo) in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library -- can "forecast" meteorological and larger atmospheric conditions, not just for its rural Pennsylvania locale but across the entire North American continent.

Of course, the "forecast" from the top-hatted little mafia that runs the Punxsutawney Phil racket (and decides ahead of time the shadow / no shadow outcome) was hardly a leap of faith given how warm was January across the Lower 48 -- with February looking even warmer -- in our globally warming / warmed world.

PRISM 2-meter high temperature anomaly [in °F] for the Lower 48 averaged for the full month of January 2020 versus a 1985 - 2014 climatology (via


Western Europe average temperature anomaly [in °F] for 2020 year to date through Feb 3, 2020 (via


About that, a large swath of northern Europe all the way to the Urals had a record -- indeed, absurdly -- warm January with literally no snow in Moscow and no subfreezing highs all month in Helsinki and Oslo.

Haha …


And we'll end on a darkly hilarious note with this Bill Maher "New Rules" segment from his Jan 31st Real Time show …

The New Rules topic is "Do the Wrong Thing" and it deals with ways in which Dems can actually go low against the reptilian Repugs …

… in particular, against the antisocial personality deranged, functionally solipsistic, serially sexually predacious, performatively cruel and hateful, amorally wholly transactional, quite likely syphilitic, flamboyantly corrupt, openly mobbed up, cheap-ass thug and bully Donald J. Trump, the cultic savior to today's equally diseased GOP.

In the above video, among other features, is a "deep fake" of the purported, notorious Steele Dossier pee tape involving Trump and Russian prostitutes on the Putin payroll in that Moscow hotel room.

And on that note, it's time to wrap up this entry.


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