If your friends know you're interested in precise timing you probably received several copies of this email:
As the clock ticks over from 8:01PM on Wednesday, February 20th, 2002,
time will (for sixty seconds only) read in perfect symmetry.
To be more precise: 20:02, 20/02, 2002.
It is an event which has only happened once before, and is something
which will never be repeated. The last occasion that time read in such
a symmetrical pattern was long before the days of the digital watch (or
the 24-hour clock): 10:01AM, on January 10, 1001.
And because the clock only goes up to 23:59, it is something that will
never happen again.
Here's an unusual photo of the event - unusual because the time display shows the time in fractional MJD (Modified Julian Date). The date is 2002 20/02 and the time shows 20:02:20 UTC which is noon here in Seattle:
Although the 2002 20/02 20:02 is a triple palindrome observe that MJD 52325 is also a palindrome. Perhaps we should have celebrated at the double palindrome MJD 52325.52325 (which was earlier this morning at 12:33:29 UTC).
The 1PPS output from the Trak 6460 could be used to generate a pulse at 22.002 milliseconds past 20:02:20 creating a quintuple palindrome 2002 20/02 20:02 :20.02 2002 -- but even I have my limits.
Here's two more images of the special minute.