By - Garnetski
February was a while ago though. (Yeah, yeah, MM/DD/YYYY but that shit doesn't make sense!) LOLz from Oz.
Lolz from UK
Joining in from Canada!
I’m from Canada and I often see it written either way. It gets confusing when we can’t seem to decide which standard to follow
Nothing really matters as long as the Canadian Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve doesn't run dry!
Lolz from Rey's feet
The normal part of the world has one cool palindrome coming up in next February 22.02.2022
Recently we had 12.11.21 too
The whole world has a palindrome date today. 2021-12-02
I live in the uk and most of us write it like DD/MM/YYYY
YYYYMMDD is the ISO standard. It's used in the UK the US everywhere else. Happy Palindrome Day!
My cake day, been thinking of this since I was a kid… it’s gone to quick 😫
RemindMe! 82 days
American here, and agree that MM/DD/YYYY is questionable, but the palindrome still works if using the superior YYYY/MM/DD format.
OMG I love you. ISO format, I call it. YYYY-MM-DD. I learned it doing lots of SQL on databases.
This is the way.
Geekier than me. Impressive!
Yesss! Use this for saving all my corresspondence and drawing issues.
Far superior! :)
Sir, this is reddit where we complain about anything America does while doing something similarly stupid.
We also downvote smartasses, truth-peddlers and posts that other people have already downvoted irregardless of what they said.
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That is almost as bad as the US system.
ISO 8601 makes it 2021-12-02
Dates are unambiguous, and sort chronologically
That is true, and it's great for archival purposes and long projects.
It's also slightly less convenient for everyday (anything less than a year old) uses than day/month/year and holds *only the barest* advantage over it on the aformentioned cases.
Because we say “February 12th” instead of “the twelfth of February”
In case you were curious, in the US we write it how we say it which is why it looks the way it does.
We say December 2nd (12/02). People rarely say the 2nd of December.
I’m British and I hear “Second of December“ more than “December the Second”, so maybe there’s some truth to that. I’d find it extremely unusual to hear “December Second”. However, why then do americans tend to use expressions like “Fourth of July” more than “July (the) fourth”?
If I’m referring to the holiday I saw Fourth of July. If I’m referring to something generic, I say July 4th. Or birthdays. If someone has a birthday on July 4th, I saw July 4th, lol.
I do all the time.
Where were you on 11/9 ? XD
The 11 September. That's how we say it here.
In a country that formats its dates appropriately.
Grieving Cock Pärssinen.
When speaking do you always say “the 2nd of December” or do you say “December 2nd”? It’s simple displaying it the way we speak. Not as big a kerfuffle as the imperial system or something.
I heard someone say December 2 yesterday. Never heard anyone call dates by number
The thing is when you’re speaking it doesn’t matter which way round you say it there is no confusion if you say day month or month day.
But when using dd/mm or mm/dd we alway end up having this same conversation and more importantly have to clarify
im not using this point as an "argument for" I merely saying its not as stupid or crazy of a thing if you just stop to wonder "hmm, why is it that way?" for more than 5 seconds. A bit too much nuance to expect in an online discussion i guess.
The one true format is YYYY/MM/DD.
Explain exactly how month, day, and year doesn’t make sense
Always curious for DD/MM/YYYY users how do you respond when asked what your birthday is? Do you say December 12th or 12th December or 12 of December?
I'd say 12th of December.
In the UK you would say "my birthday is on the 12th of December"
Well most of us get asked in our native language I would presume. In Denmark it would be equivalent to 12th December.
The thing is when you’re speaking it doesn’t matter which way round you say it there is no confusion if you say day month or month day. But when using dd/mm or mm/dd we alway end up having this same conversation and more importantly have to clarify
A palindrome, if you will
also an ambigram, you can turn it upside down and it reads the same
Is it still a palindrome when it's numbers?
Essentially applies to any string of characters, numbers and symbols included.
Tell me you are American without telling me that you are American
ISO 8601 is yyyy-mm-dd
The American was correct by sheer coincidence
I was thinking Feb was ages ago!
Ten months too late, though.
Fair enough, let’s go with 2021 12 02 in that case.
Yes! The only, the correct way : r/ISO8601
Hungarians send their regards
~~That‘s great for sorting, buf 02 12 2012 is way more readable~~
EDIT: I concede my point, YYYYMMDD is better.
I probably find it more readable this way because I speak german and we do strange things with numbers and I‘m used to it. You have to say the full number before it makes sense because the less important digit comes first for all two-digit numbers:
e.g. 15 = fünf(5)zehn(10)
I will not tolerate this ISO 8601 slander.
Year first is the most readable and logical, because everywhere else we use numbers we go left to right from most significant digit to least significant digit.
Putting year at the end is like saying "quarter past 9," which puts the precise number (minutes) before the general number (hours).
With DD-MM-YYYY, the digits go up in sequence in an order: 21-43-8765, which is just a logical mess.
No you were early.
ISO 8601 is yyyy-mm-dd. 2021-12-02
Avoiding ambiguous results, and sorts chronologically.
IMO better in year/month/day format: 20211202
I date all my work files this way so that even if they are edited at another date, you can always sort by file name to find the earliest or latest file. Eg. 2021.12.02_Yeet.pdf
Also the same upside down
1Z0Z Z0 Z1
That's Elon Musk's kid's nickname.
It's my birthday day
Yoo same, Happy Birthday!
Happy "cake day" day to you
ayeee happy birthday to you then! :)
Happy IRL cake day
Hey same! Happy birthday! Extra special for all the people turning 21 today I guess
ISO 8601 is yyyy-mm-dd
The American was correct by shear coincidence
who cares about iso
Anyone who deals with log files (or any date sorting, really). Naming them starting with YYYY_MM_DD makes them easily sortable. Doing it using the US nomenclature intermixes all the same months amongst the various years and all the same days within the months as a group. The worst possible way. A total headache to find what you need when there are hundreds/thousands.
you have really good handwriting
Only in America.
But today is the 2nd of December not the 12th of February
Works with ISO 8601 also, you know the date format that isn't ambiguous, and lists them in order of importance such that dates sort chronologically.
Most people in America say December 2nd not 2nd of December
But I'm not most people in America. I'm one person in Australia.
Just like July 4th is always and only July 4th... Oh.
It’s a 50:50 split on that one. Depends on context really. Talking about the holiday? 4th of July. Talking about the date in a general way? July 4th
this is a numerical palindrome
Palindrome is no Palindrome.
Yeah, why didn’t they call it a palinilap?
yup exactly hahahahah
not with the space
British people finding an opportunity to mention how much better their dating system is:
And still fucking it up writing it backwards.
ISO 8601 is yyyy-mm-dd
Same forward backward and flipped up or down
Like Glenelg, which is a beach suburb here in South Australia
Same with my country's date writing which is 2021 12 02. (Not so much with when it goes DD MM YYYY
Turn back now, all comments are the same.
Give me your handwriting please.
Yup that is incredibly “mildly interesting “
Upside down as well.
So we are time travleres now? that date was 10 months ago........
What is backwards is the American system of showing date. 02/12/2021 for god's sake
I prefer ISO. 2021-12-02. You can sort a list into date order with an alphasort. 😏
Works with ISO 8601 also
They’re both wrong because neither of them sort alphabetically. When you write the time, do you write SS:MM:HH? No, you put the most significant value first. ISO 8601 is the only way.
When you say dates aloud, how do you say them?
I would say "December 2nd, 2021"
*Edit: Why downvotes? This is how other Americans and I say dates...
**Day** of **Month**, **Year**
Interesting. I guess it really is a localization thing. If you don't mind, what country did you live in?
In the Netherlands we'd say the equivalent of second of December, 2021 so DD-MM-YYYY makes more sense to us
It is usually 2nd December, 2021 where I live
ITT: The same ISO nerd spamming every comment
*02 12 2021 but close enogh for america
lmao so many losers on this thread pointing out the obvious. yeah it’s the american way, but why cares? this is /r/mildlyinteresting it’s just something you say “neat” to then move on with your life. anyone with at least three braincells should be able to figure this out
You're ten and a half months late.
Only one more week of seeing this left after today. Cool though.
It would be mildly interesting if it was actually today’s date. That’s Feb to me.
Nah, even when the American is wrong, it's right
Well, who isn't looking forward to the 22/2/22, also known as Twosday?
Yeah, this was a fun fact back on the second if February why bring it up now
Today is an ill omen for America, who is the only country who writes our dates like this i think
**Whales-Are-Assholes Fun Fast Facts** *
Countries that use the MM/DD/YYYY format are:
The United States of America
*disclaimer: Facts may not be fun, fast, nor facts at all.
Or you know THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD....
ISO 8601 2021-12-02
So that dates sort chronologically and are not ambiguous.
this was 10 months ago, old news
Backward as well as upside down. Neato.
*laughs in european*
It isnt Februari??? Its december why is this posted now????
ISO 8601 is yyyy-mm-dd
Ignore the American that wrote the date backwards.
It's 2021-12-02 last palindrome in my lifetime
I write dd-mm-yy
Which is objectively worse
Go back to LoL
What the significance of the 12th of February 2021?
No, ISO 8601 for international standard dates is YYYY-MM-DD
So it was 2021-12-02, the Americans just got lucky.
We did it in February
Only if you are American!
Ok, can we not get one of these every day please? The date in US format is going to be palendromic december 1-9, 11, and 22.
Pretty much only in USA but yes
Only in America.....
Uk. We have dd/mm/yyyy
Go away Americans.
It's because the internet will end. https://www.geekwire.com/2021/is-the-internet-going-to-end-signs-around-seattle-beg-the-question-ahead-of-unique-date-12022021/
Why are you talking about the 12th of February? /s
Only ten months late
Hi internet friend
I guess today is a palindrome
It’s a palomino
It's a palomino.
It’s my birthday today and That is pretty damn cool
12321 reading backwards is still 12321!!!!!
Right on time!
It’s my bday!
So many dynamos
I remember that day. I was playing emulated Pokemon Park 2 for the Wii. I didn't think much of it at the time.
And it will be like that all month!!! Crazy!!!
Drop the 20 from 2021 and the 0 from 01-09 days, and every single-digit and repeating-double-digit (11/22) day also makes it a palindrome. For example 12/7/21
In Spain, we call that a "Capicúa" number
And upside down
Wait till you flip the picture upside down!
waiting for someone to comment palindrome
Thank you! The guy who posted yesterday was so close lol
Then flip it upside down…
Wow today is my birthday and seeing this made my day.
IE be like
Type the date into a calculator and it reads the same upside down!
And it's my sister's birthday too, definitely got to share this fun fact with her.
I was married on 02 02 2020. if I forget that anniversary, then I deserve whatever punishment my wife deems fit.
I am disappointed this wasn't written on paper towel
What time is it?