I can remember what our headmaster said to us schoolkids in morning assembly many years ago. The date must have been 27th September 1972.
He said something like ‘Today is a special date because it is palindromic – the numbers 27 9 1972 are the same when read backwards. This is something that will not happen again until 18th September 1981.”
There have been a few more such dates since then and another one is coming up on 1st October 2011. Diarize this date and make a note to quiz your friends with this piece of trivia.