The Last Palindrome Week of the Century Begins Today

undefined undefined/iStock via Getty Images
undefined undefined/iStock via Getty Images

If you’ve overlooked Palindrome Week each year for the last decade, it’s our civic duty to ensure that it’s on your radar this time. After all, the stats show that it’s the last week in this century during which the dates will look the same both forward and backward. Want to take your palindrome party to the next level? Pull up in a race car, belt out those karaoke solos, refer to all your guests as madam, then send them home with a kayak.

As AL.com reports, Palindrome Week starts today with 9-10-19 and continues through next Thursday, 9-19-19. You can see the full list of dates and their un-punctuated, five-number palindromic sequences below.

In order to properly write the dates as palindromes, there are a couple stipulations: One, the month must come first, then the day, then the year. The UK-favored order of day, month, year will jumble the palindrome. Second, you can’t include a zero before the first number, the way that forms and other documents often request.

9-10-19 (91019)
9-11-19 (91119)
9-12-19 (91219)
9-13-19 (91319)
9-14-19 (91419)
9-15-19 (91519)
9-16-19 (91619)
9-17-19 (91719)
9-18-19 (91819)
9-19-19 (91919)

TimeandDate.com explains that you can find the same pattern of palindromes in every year since 2011, when Palindrome Week started on January 10 (1-10-11). Each year since then, Palindrome Week has moved to when the month’s number matches the last digit of the year. March corresponds with 3, for example, so March’s Palindrome Week occurred in 2013. Since you omit the first two numbers of the year, the same decade of Palindrome Weeks happened in 1911, and will repeat itself in 2111.

Though this may be the last full week of palindromes in this century, there are still plenty of single Palindrome Days to celebrate in our lifetimes. If you’re willing to add a zero to the beginning of the date, you can look forward to February 11, 2020 (02-11-20) and February 22, 2020 (02-22-20). Otherwise, mark your calendars for December 11, 2021 (12-11-21) and December 22, 2021 (12-22-21).

[h/t AL.com]

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER