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Jan. 2 2010 - 4:40 pm | 52 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Palindromic places around the world

Poster in Laval, Quebec. Sue Frause photo.

Poster in Laval, Quebec. Sue Frause photo.

Who knew that there were more than 100 places in the world that are in fact palindromes? Everywhere from the 11-letter Anahanahana (Madigascar) to Zirak Kariz (Afghanistan). There is even a town that isn’t a natural palindrome. Avaden, Nevada is actually Nevada spelled backward.

All of this is of particular interest on 01/02/2010 as that particular date is also a palindrome. The Seattle Times has a front-page article about it in today’s paper. The last palindromic date was in 2001 and prior to — 08/31/1380!

Even though there’s one in my home state of Washington (Harrah), the only ones I’ve visited are Laval, Quebec and Glenelg, Scotland.

Maybe it’s time for a palindrome tour.


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