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Hannah/ a palindrome/ a word that is read the same backwards/ as it is forward./ hannah/ hannah;/ do you know any other palindromes?/ i do. like/ taco cat, and/ ufo tofu./ you know another palindrome?/ wow./ hannah/ hannah/ you are wow/ wow/ with your smile,/ your laughter/ your everything./ wow, hannah./ hannah, wow.

Belphegor's prime

Belphegor’s prime is the number 1000000000000066600000000000001, a palindromic prime number (which reads the same both backwards and forwards and is divisible only by 1 and itself). The name was coined in a book by Clifford Pickover and refers to one of the Seven Princes of Hell, who was charged with helping people make ingenious inventions and discoveries.

At the heart of Belphegor’s prime appears the number 666, widely associated as being the Number of the Beast, commonly representing the devil. This number is surrounded on either side by thirteen zeroes, regarded superstitiously as an unlucky number. Also, it has 31 digits in total, which is thirteen backwards.

Belphegor’s prime is mentioned as a clue in a mathematical treasure hunt on the television show Elementary (season 3, episode 3).

224 Word Palindrome By Demetri Martin

Dammit I’m mad.
Evil is a deed as I live.
God, am I reviled? I rise, my bed on a sun, I melt.
To be not one man emanating is sad. I piss.
Alas, it is so late. Who stops to help?
Man, it is hot. I’m in it. I tell.
I am not a devil. I level “Mad Dog”.
Ah, say burning is, as a deified gulp,
In my halo of a mired rum tin.
I erase many men. Oh, to be man, a sin.
Is evil in a clam? In a trap?
No. It is open. On it I was stuck.
Rats peed on hope. Elsewhere dips a web.
Be still if I fill its ebb.
Ew, a spider… eh?
We sleep. Oh no!
Deep, stark cuts saw it in one position.
Part animal, can I live? Sin is a name.
Both, one… my names are in it.
Murder? I’m a fool.
A hymn I plug, deified as a sign in ruby ash,
A Goddam level I lived at.
On mail let it in. I’m it.
Oh, sit in ample hot spots. Oh wet!
A loss it is alas (sip). I’d assign it a name.
Name not one bottle minus an ode by me:
“Sir, I deliver. I’m a dog”
Evil is a deed as I live.
Dammit I’m mad.

2

Doctor Who, Last Christmas and the Return of Magic

“How do you think those presents got under the tree every year?
By magic?

When the dust had settled in Death in Heaven, the world of Doctor Who lay in ruins. Within its universe, the events which had transpired were gruesome enough. The dead had risen from their graves, transformed into unrecogniseable machines suitable, at least at first glance, only for destruction and conquest. But beyond the borders of the seen, in the foundations of the story, an even more unsettling shift had taken place.

Our villainess had infected the nature of the tale, had played the Mistress of stories and twisted them into something else, in which Mary Poppins seeks to rule the universe, the afterlife steals your soul, and the very idea of who the Doctor was and will be is challenged. Even as the Doctor proclaims his identity and rejects her plans, she still wins. The magic has died, because how could it live when all the stories were falsehoods and all the true heroes were the ones who had already fallen?

Left were only our two favourite liars, the Doctor and Clara. The idiot with a box and the woman who claimed to have invented herself. They told each other one more fairytale - one more lie -, hid their faces in the hug of a goodbye, and the story took its final breath.

Except, of course, it has to go on.

The grief and the loss, the world without any good men left were not about to be mended easily, the two friends separated by pride and the mistaken belief they could do the right thing not united by anything short of a miracle. And so a miracle happened, the spark of magic reignited by literal magic, stories resurrected by another story. The fairytale heals itself, by the power of Christmas and, yes, apparently Santa Caus. An unexpected but strangely beautiful path, to save Clara and the Doctor from the one scenario out of which they cannot find the way themseves.

This isn’t the same fairytale which started in Amelia’s garden, made of words and the power to reclaim everything magic had stolen and given. It isn’t the same fairytale spinning backwards and forwards through time from Demons Run, which left its kidnapped child triumphant over her enemies, determined to make her own fate, but still hiding her damage. And it’s not going to be the same fairytale in which a young woman made herself into a storybook heroine with nothing but ideals and the memory of her mother’s soufflé.

This Santa Claus doesn’t bring dolls and pencils and fish, like in the thankful prayer which stood at the beginning of the Moffat era. This Santa leaves deadly crabs in his wake, allows dreams to be weaponised so the dream can be born anew. A new story. New magic. And a reckless, scary, adventurous series ahead of us.

meaningful/meaningless question meme
  • MEANINGFUL QUESTIONS
  • 1) How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  • 2) Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  • 3) If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  • 4) When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  • 5) What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  • 6) If happiness was the national currency, what kind of job would make you rich?
  • 7) Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  • 8) If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  • 9) To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  • 10) Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  • 11) You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
  • 12) If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  • 13) Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  • 14) Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  • 15) What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  • 16) How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  • 17) What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  • 18) Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  • 19) If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  • 20) Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  • 21) Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  • 22) Why are you, you?
  • 23) Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  • 24) Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  • 25) What are you most grateful for?
  • 26) Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  • 27) Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  • 28) Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  • 29) Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
  • 30) What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
  • 31) At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  • 32) If not now, then when?
  • 33) If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  • 34) Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  • 35) Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  • 36) Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  • 37) If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  • 38) Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  • 39) Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  • 40) When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  • 41) If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  • 42) Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  • 43) What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  • 44) When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  • 45) If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  • 46) What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  • 47) When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  • 48) What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  • 49) In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
  • 50) Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
  • MEANINGLESS QUESTIONS
  • 51) Why is it when you tranport stuff on a ship, it's called cargo, but when you transport it on a car, it's called a shipment?
  • 52) Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
  • 53) Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards as it is forwards?
  • 54) Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
  • 55) When you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?
  • 56) Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
  • 57) What is Satan's last name?
  • 58) If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his iPod?
  • 59) If God sneezes, what should you say?
  • 60) Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions?
  • 61) If vampires can't see their reflections, why is their hair always so neat?
  • 62) Why does quicksand work slowly?
  • 63) Can crop circles be square?
  • 64) If ghosts can walk through walls and glide down stairs, why don't they fall through the floor?
  • 65) When Atheists go to court, do they have to swear on the bible?
  • 66) Can animals commit suicide?
  • 67) Is it rude for a deaf person to talk (sign) with their mouth full of food?
  • 68) Why do they sterilize lethal injections?
  • 69) If pro and con are opposites, wouldn't the opposite of progress be congress?
  • 70) Why does caregiver and caretaker mean the same thing?
  • 71) What was Captain Hook's name before he got the hook?
  • 72) How fast do hotcakes sell?
  • 73) How far east can you go before you're heading west?
  • 74) How does a real estate company sell its office without causing confusion?
  • 75) Do dentists go to other dentists or do they just do it themselves?
  • 76) Do prison buses have emergency exits?
  • 77) Do astronauts change their clocks when they move over different time zones in space?
  • 78) When lightning strikes the ocean, why don't all the fish die?
  • 79) Do you yawn in your sleep?
  • 80) Do Chinese people get English sayings tattooed on their bodies?
  • 81) Do you wake up or open your eyes first?
  • 82) If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?
  • 83) How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn't grow in it?
  • 84) Can you cry under water?
  • 85) If you blew a bubble in space would it pop?
  • 86) Why do they put holes in crackers?
  • 87) Did they have antiques in the olden days?
  • 89) If someone owns a piece of land, do they own it all the way to the center of the earth?
  • 90) If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?
  • 91) Can an ambidextrous person make an offhand remark?
  • 92) Do sheep get static cling when they rub against one another?
  • 93) Could someone ever get addicted to counseling? If so, how could you treat them?
  • 94) Where do people in Hell tell other people to go?
  • 95) If there's an exception to every rule, is there an exception to that rule?
  • 96) Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  • 97) If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose?
  • 98) How do you know when it's time to tune your bagpipes?
  • 99) Does fuzzy logic tickle?
  • 100) If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex in the box?