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But is it…?

This is making the rounds today. But is it true?

No. No it is not. 22022022 upside down is 55055055.

Pff! Ambigram!

I stand corrected! Mike In Fairfax pointed out to me in the comments that I flipped the image. If you rotate it 180° it is indeed an ambigram.

Obviously, the palindrome only works in European date notation. But I’m sorry to say, this is one of the few instances when I agree with the Old World. We Americans get it wrong. Month/Day/Year is silly. It’s fundamentally medium/small/big. It ain’t right.

Here’s what the kitchen radio looks like today:

I’d be happier without the zero, but it’s still pretty satisfying. I have to admit, dates like these make me happy. Like when I look up at the clock and it’s 12:34.

Not because I believe random numbers have any actual significance, but because I’m a simpleton attracted to shiny things.



Comment from Mike In Fairfax
Time: February 22, 2022, 8:10 pm

Hmm. If you flip it over as you did, top to bottom, then yes, the two’s become five’s when read from ‘underneath’. But if you were write them on a piece of paper and spin it 180 degrees then the two’s remain two’s while read upside down.

Just sayin’.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 22, 2022, 8:23 pm

Ohhhh. I wondered if it was something like that. Fixed.

Excuse me. Ow! Brain hurt!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 22, 2022, 8:56 pm

Coming soon for number oddity lovers: 2048/10/24;05:12:25.6

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: February 22, 2022, 9:04 pm

Uncle Al:

It’s been a while, but I still speak the language.

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 22, 2022, 10:03 pm

Could someone take pity on those of us who are terribly ignorant, and translate Uncle Al’s number? Puhleeeze?!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 22, 2022, 10:20 pm

I have a weird thing about house numbers, and I’ve tortured a lot of realtors because I didn’t want to look at a house if I didn’t like the number. And I don’t want to live on a street that’s a number, instead of a name. As it worked out, we live on a great street and have a perfect house number. And JavaMan says we are never moving again.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 22, 2022, 10:31 pm

@Cantharkmycry — Powers of 2 strung together and made to look like a date and time.

2^11 = 2048
2^10 = 1024
2^9 = 512
2^8 = 256

At times, my inner geek wants to come out and play!

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 22, 2022, 11:40 pm

Thanks, Uncle AL. I suspected it might have to do with exponential numbers… But I fear my geekery in that area stops at 1729.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 23, 2022, 12:41 am

1729! One of my favorites!

For anyone who doesn’t know this nifty number, 1729 is the sum of two cubes, and also the sum of two different cubes.

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: February 23, 2022, 1:47 am

Dang, I wish we could still “like” comments!
Uncle AL…an organization of which I was once secretary (so, responsible for collecting and responding to mail) has the PO Box #1728. Used to make me smile, and it’s still one of the few addresses I have no trouble remembering…

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 23, 2022, 3:26 am

@Uncle Al – so does this mean I’m normal when I drive by the Morris County FM 1001 exit sign on I30 and I think

Oh, 9.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 23, 2022, 3:56 am

@Durnedyankee — Yes. Mostly.

If you’re abnormal like me and amuse yourself by factoring numbers in your head, you’d see that sign and think 13×11×7.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 23, 2022, 6:53 pm

Y’all are too clever for me. My grandmother was an algebra teacher and I’m damned if I know how. I didn’t get the gene.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: February 24, 2022, 6:00 pm

For technical stuffs, I always write the date as: 2022.0222 (YYYY.MMDD). That’s big/medium/small. Good for databases and filenames (2022.0222 Production Report.ods). Yeah, I’m a programmer geek.

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