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VERY INTERESTING! Read this.

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Janjarreau_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 13:11:55 PST


This is really cool. Trivia buff that I am, I couldn't resist sharing.

On February 20th this year (this Wednesday), precisely at 8.02 p.m., a
remarkable, "palindromic" moment in time will occur. Although not marked by
any chiming of clocks or ringing of bells, at that precise time and on that
specific date, something will happen which has not occurred for over 1,000
years. And it will never happen again - ever!

As the clock ticks over from 8.01p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, time will
(for sixty seconds only) reckon in a perfect symmetry: 20:02, 20/02, 2002.
This is known as a "palindrome" - i.e., when a set of numbers or letters
reads exactly the same forward and backward.

This is an event which, since the beginning of time, has happened only once
before. That previous occasion was long before the digital watch and the
24-hour clock were invented. It occurred on January 10, 1001, at 10.01a.m.
[10:01, 10/01, 1001]. Because there are only 24 hours in a day, after
February 20th of this year, there will never again be an occasion when time
will reckon palindromically in this way.

Don't miss your moment in history.

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