Palindromes are sentences that can be read the same forwards as backwards

Thanks to Tad Cook tad@ssc.com

A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, hero's rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal, - Panama! Jeez, doesn't anybody else have a copy of this list? I got it from rec.humor.d in 1992; it's probably longer by now... Andrew -------------------------------------------------------------------- A dog, a plan, a canal: pagoda. Rats live on no evil star. Straw, no, too stupid a fad, I put soot on warts. I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori. Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Betty, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned. A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama! A man, a plan, a cat, a canal -- Panama! A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal -- Panama! Go deliver a dare, vile dog. Doc note, I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod. Tarzan raised a Desi Arnaz rat. Able was I, ere I saw Elba! If I had a hi-fi A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, hero's, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again, or: a camel, a crepe, pins, spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal -- Panama! Here is some information about a few palindromes related to the one you mention. As far as I know, the first person to put a cat in the canal was Jim Saxe, in his 9 October 1983 plan file. A man, a plan, a cat, a canal -- Panama? Guy Jacobson added several items later that year. A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal -- Panama! Guy's palindrome appears on page 127 of COMMON LISP, THE LANGUAGE (page 170 of the 2nd edition). The 2nd edition of COMMON LISP, THE LANGUAGE also contains the remarkable: A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal -- Panama! which is presumably the work of Guy Steele, the book's author. I dredged up the problem in 1984, and discovered the following 540-word version with the help of a computer program that I wrote. A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal -- Panama. This was done with the Unix spelling dictionary and a fairly simple-minded program. With a better word list and a smarter program I'm sure the palindrome could be ten times as long. I am somewhat concerned that people have been redistributing these palindromes without attribution. Please don't do so. And if you get a copy of my palindrome without my name on it, I would appreciate it if you mention my objection to whoever sends it to you. Dan Hoey Hoey@AIC.NRL.Navy.Mil Rise to vote sir Madam I'm Adam A Toyota! Race fast, safe car. A Toyota You can cage a swallow can't you but you can't swallow a cage can you? Madam in Eden, I'm Adam. Sit on a potato pan, Otis. Top step's pup's pet spot. A fine snore, rare Ronsen IFA. A man, a plan, a canal, Panama! Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas. Cigar? Toss it in a can, it is so tragic. Unremarkable was I ere I saw Elba Kramer, nu? A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal - Panama! A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal - Panama! Aha! Oh, no! Don Ho! Bonk! One Mac. Newton sees not wen came (no knob). Lisa Bonet ate no basil. Toni Tennille fell in net. I, not! Vanna, wanna V? Man, Oprah's sharp on A.M. Damn! I, Agassi, miss again! Mad! (... Yawn.) Madonna Fan? No damn way! E. Borgnine drags Dad's gardening robe. Neil A. sees alien! Is Don Adams mad? (A nod.) Si! No, Mel Gibson is a casino's big lemon. Alan Alda stops racecar, spots ad: "Lana-L.A." Bush saw Sununu swash sub. Cain: A maniac! Depardieu, go razz a rogue I draped. Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside. I, Rasputin, knit up Sari. Let O'Hara gain an inn in a niagara hotel. Noriega can idle, held in a cage...Iron! O, geronimo, no minor ego! Plan no damn Madonna LP. Red lost case, Ma. Jesse James acts older. Sis, ask Costner to not rent socks "As Is"! So, G. Rivera's tots are virgos. T. Eliot nixes sex in toilet! To Idi Amin: I'm a idiot! A dog! A panic in a pagoda! A slut nixes sex in Tulsa. A tin mug for a jar of gum, Nita. Ah, Satan sees Natasha. Al lets Della call Ed Stella. amaryllis sillyrama Camus sees sumac. Cigar? Toss it in a can, it is so tragic. Daedalus: nine, Peninsula: dead. Dairy myriad. Deirdre wets altar of St. Simons - no mists, for at last ewer dried. Denim axes examined. Dennis and Edna sinned. Dior droid. Drat Sadat, a dastard! Drat Saddam, a mad dastard! Draw, o coward! Egad! No bondage! Egad, an adage! emu fat sap pasta fume Eros? Sidney, my end is sore. Evil olive. Flee to me, remote elf. Flesh! Saw I Mimi wash self! Gnu dung. Go hang a salami! I'm a lasagna hog! God! A red nugget! A fat egg under a dog! God, a slap! Paris, sir, appals a dog. Goldenrod-adorned log Golf? No sir, prefer prison-flog. Gustav Klimt milk vats - ug! I maim Miami. I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori. I, zani Nazi. Jar a tonga, nag not a raj. Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak. Kayak salad - Alaska yak. Lager, Sir, is regal. Laminated E.T. animal. Lay a wallaby baby ball away, Al. Lepers repel. "M" lab menial slain: embalm. Ma is a nun, as I am. Man, Eve let an irate tar in at eleven a.m. May a moody baby doom a yam? Mayhem, eh Yam? "Miry rim! So many daffodils," Delia wailed, "slid off a dynamo's miry rim!" Must sell at tallest sum. Naomi, did I moan? Ned, go gag Ogden. Never odd or even. No lemons, no melon. Nog eroded Oregon. Nosegay ages on. Now Ned, I am a maiden nun: Ned, I am a maiden won. O.E.D. or rodeo? Pa's a sap. Paganini: Din in A Gap. Party boobytrap. Poor Dan is in a droop. Red Nevada vendor. Reflog a golfer Reno loner "Reviled did I live," said I, "as evil I did deliver." Rise, take lame female Kate, sir. Senile Felines Sex at noon taxes. Sex-aware era waxes. Solo gigolos. Sore was I ere I saw Eros. Star comedy by Democrats. Stella won no wallets Step on no pets! Stop! Murder us not, tonsured rumpots! T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating, is sad. "I'd assign it a name: gant dirt upset on drab pot toilet Tense, I snap Sharon roses, or Norah's pansies net. Too bad, I hid a boot. Trafalgar rag: La Fart Tuna nut U.F.O. tofu. Yawn a more Roman way. -- ============================================================================= Pete Biggs :{) Janet: pete@uk.ac.ox.physchem Internet: pete@physchem.ox.ac.uk ============================================================================= And then there's my favorite palindrome: "Bob" From my fortune file: 11 * 181 = 1991 = 181 * 11 A dog! A panic in a pagoda! A man, a plan, a canal, Panama. A slut nixes sex in Tulsa. Able was I ere I saw Elba. aibohphobia [fear of palindromes] Aim a Toyota tatami mat at a Toyota, Mia. Anna: "Did Otto peep?" Otto: "Did Anna?" Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna. Dabale arroz a la zorra el abad (The abbot was giving rice to the fox) Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Ar ne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned. Devil Natasha, ah, Satan lived ! Did I draw Della too tall, Edward? I did? Doc, note I dissent, a fast never prevents a fatness, I diet on cod. Do geese see God? Do good? I? No! Evil anon I deliver: I maim nine more hero-men in Saginaw; sanitary sword a-tuck, Carol, I--lo!--rack, cut a drowsy rat in Aswan; I gas nine more hero-men in Miami; reviled I (Nona) live on. I do, O God! Drat Saddam mad dastard. Dr. Lime, 121 Emil Rd. Egad, a base life defiles a bad age. Egad! A base tone denotes a bad age. Emil saw a slime. Emordnilap palindrome. Eros' sis is sore. Eros? Sidney, my end is sore! Erotic, I gammon ever on, else partisan, I live evil in a sit. Rapes Lenore: venom magic I tore. Esope reste ici et se repose (Aesop is resting here and relaxing) Evil I did dwell, lewd did I live. Gateman's nametag. Go deliver a dare, vile dog. God saw I was dog. Golf? No sir, prefer prison flog. He goddam mad dog, eh? He stops spots, eh? He won snow, eh? He won't, ah, wander, Edna. What now, eh? I, man, am regal; a German am I. I prevent u-boats, tar, evil live rats, Tao, but never pi. I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori. I won, Karen, an era know I. Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak. Lepers repel. Live dirt up a side track carted is a putrid evil. Lonely Tylenol. Ma has a ham. Ma is a nun, as I am. Ma is as selfless as I am. Madam, in Eden, I'm Adam. Marge lets Norah see Sharon's telegram. May a moody baby doom a yam? Murder for a jar of red rum. Name no one man. "Naomi, sex at noon taxes!", I moan. Never odd or even. Niagara, O roar again. No, I met System Ion. No, I tan, I'm at no contamination. No evil shah lives on. No, it is opposition. No pinot noir on orion to nip on. No, she stops spots, eh, son? Now I see bees I won. O, memsahib Bart, rabbi has memo. O, stone, be not so. Paget saw an Irish tooth, Sir, in a waste gap. Rats drown in WordStar. Rats live on no evil star Red rum, sir, is murder. Rise, sir lapdog! Revolt, lover! God, pal, rise, sir! Rise to vote, sir. Saippuakauppias. (Finnish word for "soap seller") Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas. Senile felines Sir, I'm Iris. Sit on a potato pan, Otis. Sleep on no peels. Step on no pets. Stop, Syrian! I start at rats in airy spots. Straw? No, too stupid a fad. I put soot on warts... Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus. Swen, on gnus, sung no news. Ten animals I slam in a net. The fat cop spoke in a strange tongue:"Eugnot egnarts a ni ekops poc taf eht." Trap all afoot; I too fall apart. Vote to not slip up, refer pupils to note TOV. Was it a rat I saw? We few erase cares, Al; laser aces are we few. We repaid a no name Pacific ape man on a diaper, ew! Won't lovers revolt now? Yreka Bakery -- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Timothy M. Kunau Bradycardia Pacing Net-Ops | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Internet: tim.kunau@medtronic.com Medtronic, Inc. | | UUCP: uunet!medtron!tk11957 MS-T480 | | AT&T: +1 612.574.3850 7000 Central Avenue NE | | FAX: +1 612.574.6177 Minneapolis, MN 55432 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | "Computers are useless. They only give you answers." - Picasso | ----------------------------------------------------------------------