I have something between a casual and a fervent interest in the phenomenon of palindromes. You know, that's a word or a sentence or sometimes a bit of poetry that reads the same backwards as forwards. My interest is less than burning, not quite acute but perhaps somewhere near keen.
One of the most famous palindromes is the title of today's post, Madam I'm Adam, sometimes imagined as the first words between humans in the Garden of Eden.
The gold standard of palindromes is undoubtedly A man, a plan, a canal, Panama! which is as brief a history lesson on its construction as you could want. (Ed note: The "man" was George Washington Goethals, chief engineer of the Canal, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907).
Another well known example is Napoleon's lament, Able was I ere I saw Elba.
Some of my favorite palindrome words include Racecar, Radar, Civic, Level, Eye, and of course, both Mom and Dad.
Poking around the Web, you'll find quite a few palindrome enthusiasts but some of their work sounds more strained than elegant:
Too bad - I hid a boot.
Rats Live on no evil star.
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Go deliver a dare, vile dog!
Ah, Satan sees Natasha
(and my favorite/most convoluted,)
Lisa Bonet ate no basil.