Today is my little sister's birthday. As a coincidence, she was born on the same day and the same year as President Obama. July 30th was also Lane's birthday and I asked her today how old she is and when she told me, I said that she must have been born in 1961, the same year as my sister.
So what's special about the year 1961? Lane didn't know so I told her... way back then, I was 11 years old and read that 1961 was a year that looked the same right side up as upside down. Before that, the last year with that characteristic was 1881.
I told Lane it was my first glimpse of mortality... as I remember reading that the next year that reads the same upside down as it does right side up is 6009. I knew I wouldn't be around in 6009 and I was like "wow, I'm gonna die before then." Quite surprising for an 11-year old to think about.