A true palindrome is not only the same when the letters are re-arranged, but also when mirrored from right to left, and when played backwards. The Royal Society of Literature's palindrome department was forced to re-classify in 1712, after its five members, despite researching for 11 years could only come up with "Wow" (which had no meaning in 1712).

Palindromes are named after Michael Palin.

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