The Last Palindrome Week of the Century Begins Today

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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]

The Office Children's Book Is Coming to Introduce Your Kids to Dunder Mifflin

The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary is coming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in October.
The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary is coming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in October.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Amazon

Thanks to constant TV reruns and easy access via Netflix, The Office hasn't lost any of its popularity since airing its series finale in 2013. Now the beloved sitcom is about to be introduced to a whole new audience that (fortunately) isn't old enough to understand what Michael Scott means when he says "That's what she said." As Entertainment Weekly reports, a new book for kids, The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary, is debuting later this year.

While it might be hard to imagine how a children's book all about Dunder Mifflin would work, now that we're getting a glimpse at it, it seems like the best idea ever. A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary will introduce your little ones to all your favorite paper company employees—though they won't be the same Jim and Pam we all know so well. In this book, the illustrated characters are all school-aged.

The 40-page book is written by Robb Pearlman, author of Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel, Pink is for Boys, and Star Trek: Fun with Kirk and Spock, and illustrated by Melanie Demmer, who works on the My Furry Foster Family series. Though the book is intended for kids ages 4 to 8, you can be sure that we'll be reading it, too.

The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary won't be hitting stores until October 6, 2020, but you can preorder your copy for $18 on Amazon now. And if you're looking for more Office collectibles that are available right now, head here.

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Watch 25 Minutes of Friends Bloopers Ahead of HBO Max Reunion Special

Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox star in Friends.
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Much like The Office, Friends continues to enjoy an always-growing and ever-loyal following—thanks in large part to streaming services, but also because of its brilliant cast and still-relatable storylines. And now that all six cast members have officially confirmed they'll be returning for a reunion show on HBO Max, could fans of the series be more excited?

Though very few details have been offered up about the reunion, it's expected to be an hour-long special that will bring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer back together again. In addition to the special, subscribers to HBO Max will have access to all of Friends's 200-plus hilarious episodes.

So in the spirit of warming up for what will inevitably turn into a Friends marathon, here are 25 minutes of bloopers, in two parts, for your enjoyment.

The Friends reunion special does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting in May 2020.

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