Today’s date is 11,02,2011, making the date a rare palindrome – meaning it reads the same forwards and backwards. Aziz Inan, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about what makes today’s date special:

Inan, who has taken on the discovery of palindrome dates as a sort of hobby, explained that there will only be 12 eight-digit palindrome days this entire century.

In addition to the automatic awesomeness of a date being a palindrome, Inan points out that Wednesday’s date is extra special because it is 1001 x 11 x 1001, or the product of a mathematical expression in which both sides are almost mirror images of one another.

Inan has discovered more amusing mathematical patterns in the date, which he shares in an article about the subject for the University of Portland’s student newspaper The Beacon.

We’re perfectly happy to celebrate today with music instead of math. The song “I Palindrome I” by They Might Be Giants, which includes word, letter, and musical palindromes, is after the jump:

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