up your palindrome snack on a small plate: an apple slice, followed by an
orange slice, followed by another apple slice, followed by an orange slice, and
finally - you guessed it! - another apple slice. Drink a glass of milk to go
with it, only drink it walking backwards to make it a true palindrome beverage.
Scratch paper and pencil
There's an old joke going around (a really, really
old joke) that claims that the very first thing Adam said to Eve was a
palindrome. A palindrome (pronounced "PAL in droam") is a group of letters that
read the same way forward as they do backward. It can be a word, a phrase or a
sentence. Here's what Adam supposedly said - and have fun reading it backwards
Madam, I'm Adam.
Another palindrome is:
Poor Dan is in a droop.
Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.
Never odd or even
. . . and many more. But did you know that
palindromes can be NUMBERS, too?
By using addition, you can turn almost any number
into its palindrome in just a few steps. For some reason, the only number ever
found that doesn't work for this is the number 196, so don't choose it!
This will give you outstanding practice in addition,
unless you pick one of the numbers that turn into a palindrome after just one
addition or two.
You'll probably want to start with a two-digit
number that is not already a palindrome. So, for example, you couldn't choose
"44," but how about "49"?
Reverse the number and add it to the first number:
Now reverse that number and add
those two together:
AHA! You have a palindrome after just two
Now let's try the number 86:
So 86 becomes a palindrome after three
Are you ready to try? Pick a different two-digit
number and start the additions on your scratch paper. Beware of 89 or 98,
though - they become palindromes after TWENTY-FOUR additions!
If you're up for bigger numbers, you
can try a three-digit number next, and then a four-digit number, but caution:
739 takes SEVENTEEN additions. So you'll be adding until you . . . here comes
another palindrome . . . POP!