Monday, January 22, 2018

Newberrytown, Pennsylvania

January is for Palindromes:  Palindromal numbers are part of a field called recreational mathematics, and there is no better place to entertain yourself with numbers than a cemetery. Numbers everywhere! Not only did she die in a palindromal year, her birth and death bookends are perfect binary code. Reverse just too digits in 1919 and you get 1991. What are the chances of that? Now you see why its called recreational mathematics. Paddletown Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, January 19, 2018

Alcoa, Tennessee

January is for Palindromes:  Somebody's brother stepped across the divide in a palindromal year and, then, passed on. It all happened in January, under the gaze of Janus, the god of palindromes. Sherwood Memorial Gardens. [2016]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Batesville, Indiana

January is for Palindromes:  Since they were married in a palindromal year, she must be able to read him forwards and backwards, and he must be able to read her forwards and backwards, too. Special powers go with special numbers. St. Louis Catholic Cemetery. [2013]

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hot Springs, Arkansas

January is for Palindromes:  In this case, the love of a dog for her master is reciprocated upon death. The Black Lab Mixed was born in a palindromal year, 1991, and experienced another palindromal year, 2002, before she died. Few pets can say their lives have been so palindromal!. Pet Lawn at Crestview Cemetery. [2012]

Friday, January 12, 2018

Auburndale, Florida

January is for Palindromes:  She died in 2002. Elle est décédée en 2002. Yes, in French, that sentence begins (elle) and ends (2002) with a palindrome. What about décédée? Could we call it a syllabic palindrome? If you read the syllables in reverse order, the word is the same. Think of a choo choo or a friend named Jo Jo. Lincoln Park Cemetery. [2014]

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Caddo Valley, Arkansas

January is for Palindromes:  Whether you read her year of death forwards or backwards, it's still 2002. Here are all the palindromal years of the last millennium:  1001, 1111, 1221, 1331, 1441, 1551, 1661, 1771, 1881, 1991. Which one is your favorite? Wouldn't you love to have lived through January 1, 1111? Caddo Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. [2012]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lebanon, Tennessee

January is for Palindromes:  Is being married during a palindromal year a good omen? Does it suggest a union of balance and sharing in which love flows equally in both directions? Only a few couples are able to say their marriage was blessed by a palindrome. Only those couples married in what years? By the way, is the cross a palindrome? Does it read the same forwards and backwards? Cedar Grove Cemetery. [2016]