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timely factoid

February 18th, 2002 (11:10 am)

Believe it or not, but 8:02 p.m. on 20 February 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, 20 February, time will,
for 60 seconds only, read in perfect symmetry 2002, 2002, 2002, or to be
more precise - 20:02, 20/02, 2002.

This historic event will never have the same poignancy as the 11th hour of
the 11th day of the 11th month which marks Armistice Day, but it is an event
which has only ever happened once before, and is something which will never
be repeated.

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 10:01
a.m. on 10 January, 1001. And because the clock only goes up to 23:59, it
is something that will never happen again.

Comments

Posted by: [e^(i*pi)] + 1 = me (kvschwartz)
Posted at: February 18th, 2002 07:50 pm (UTC)

1) it will happen at least 24 times exactly the same -- once for each standard time zone -- plus a few extra times for the weird time zones

2) 21:12 21/12 2112 is also a palindrome

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