One subject of conversation with relatives last weekend was the year 2002, the only palindrome year in the century. More on the phenomenon in a followup email from my brother-in-law.
As the clock ticks over from 8:01PM on Wednesday, February 20th, 2002,
time will (for sixty seconds only) read in perfect symmetry. To be more
precise: 20:02, 20/02, 2002. It is an event which has only 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 (or the 24-hour clock): 10:01AM, on January 10, 1001. And
because the clock only goes up to 23.59, it is something that will never
And this morning's coffee and conversation produced the following realization. There's a fine line between independence and stubborn determination. Discussion ranged on from that point.