This is kind of a cool year if you are nerdish enough to notice things like interesting dates. If you use the abbreviated form of dates – month/day/last two digits of year (or day/month/last two digits of the year, depending on where you live and what you are used to using) – this is a year that won’t repeat itself in quite some time.

Each year at the beginning of a century has one or more dates where the three fields match, or at least kind of match. For kind of matching, for example, in 2002 we had 2/2/02 – not an exact match because of the zero in the year field. It’s not until we get to 2010 that we have a real match – 10/10/10. This year, in addition to the exact match of 11/11/11, we get 1/1/11, 1/11/11 and 11/1/11 – all the same digits if not an exact match.

Next year we get the last matching date of this century – 12/12/12. Somehow I doubt that I will be around to see the next set of dates like this.