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22.02.2022 was too, too cool

Did you make a wish on Tuesday, otherwise referred to this week only as “Twosday”? The date was 22/02/2022 and it’s significant because it’s quite a rare occurrence. Numerically, it’s referred to as a symmetrical or a palindrome date, because it reads the same backwards and forwards. What made it even more unusual was that it was also an ambigram: it looked the same read upside down on a calculator as it did the right way up.

Numerologists and spiritualists refer to palindrome dates as an “angel number”, meant to bring “awakenings, insights, and revelations towards a higher state of mind”. 😇 Some folks used Tuesday’s date as an opportunity to remember our dearly departed Archbishop, Desmond Tutu. It may have been a rare event for most life forms, but the folks running the Twitter account for the prehistoric English monument Stonehenge (which dates back thousands of years)  won bragging rights by declaring: “Today’s palindrome date is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for you, but Stonehenge was there for 11/11/1111!  #twosday #onesday” 😂

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 24 February 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.