Update: Cryo pointed out to me that 21:12 21/12/2112 was also valid... so i went to johnath's LJ to tell him but he already posted this update. :P
"UPDATE: This quote appears to be in error, come to think of it. 9:12pm, Dec. 21, 2112 will be 21:12 21/12 2112. But keep an eye on the clock anyhow - that way in 110 years you can be *really* cool by being one of the few people to see TWO such temporal symmetries."
Second Update: mod also pointed out that 11:11 11/11/1111 would have also been valid.
The Associated Press
(February 19, 2002 5:49 p.m. EST) - Wow! For one minute, the world will appear to be in perfect symmetry.
In a year that reads the same backward as forward, Wednesday evening will bring 60 seconds of palindromic perfection - at least for those who follow the Gregorian calendar.
Come Wednesday, the time, day, month and year will align: 8:02 p.m., Feb. 20, 2002.
Write that in military time and with numerals for the month of February and it works out to: 20:02, 02/20, 2002. In European style for the day and month it's just as balanced: 20:02, 20/02, 2002.
"A mirror day like this is a good opportunity for reflecting," said Mark Saltveit, editor of The Palindromist magazine. He is devoted to palindromes of all sorts - strings of numbers, words or sentences that read the same backward or forward.
The rare moment is drawing its share of attention: Saltveit, a standup comedian, said he already has three radio interviews lined up with European stations.
Separately, a Web site is calling for a two-minute prayer for peace to begin at the start of the palindromic moment.
And an e-mail is making the rounds touting the rare alignment - though it mistakenly says the event last happened on Jan. 10, 1001 and will never happen again.
(Actually, it happened in the year 1111 and will again in 2112).
Of course, all the excitement comes from a Western perspective, leaving aside the many other calendars that track the passage of time - Chinese, Islamic, Jewish, Ethiopian and others.
But that doesn't bother Salveit. "Occasions like this are good excuses to party," he said.