Here's a fun little exercise.
Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Go ahead....I'll wait. Dum-de-dum-dum. Oh, you're back...good! Now write down today's day using numbers. If you're retired like me, you might not be entirely sure of the date because...well, when you're retired, dates aren't nearly as important. So I'll help you out; it's 4-17-14. Easy so far, right?
Now write those same numbers backwards. You don't need my help for that.
Hmmm...4-17-14 forwards and 4-17-14 backwards. It's a palindrome of numbers. In fact, it's Palindrome Week meaning every day this week the date is a palindrome. Well, as long as your week starts on Saturday. As a crossword puzzler, I'm familiar with palindromes since that's a frequent clue. That's a good thing because when you get the first letter, you've automatically got the last one...or vice versa. I never thought of numbers being a palindrome, however.
But wait...there's more! For ten consecutive days this month, you can add up the individual digits of that date and the sum will still equal that precise date. Go ahead, try it: 4+1+7+1+4=17. Pretty cool, huh? That only happens once every hundred years. You can repeat the number palindromes in May of 2015, June of 2016, etc.
Just a little fun with numbers you can throw out there to impress your friends. But hurry...it will only work for a couple more days.