Re: T-Minus 10 To The 8th And Counting

I'm not a real doofus, but I play one at a national laboratory. (
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 14:13:44 -0600

Since several of you have asked, I submit the following update. And,
even if you didn't ask, yes, the line was *supposed* to have been:

Time *flies* like the wind. Fruit flies like a banana.

> Now, what is so special about the BEGINNING of the year 2000?
> It is just the beginning of the LAST year of the 20th century. Right?

I chose Jan 1, 2000 simply because that's when all our software, forms,
databases, etc. with 2-digit year fields will break, and we no longer
get paid, and the world as we know it will end. ;-) At the very least,
we will have to learn to write 2000 instead of 99 when filling out a
check. And, we'll need new checks printed to have the 19__ removed.

> 31st December 2000->1st January 2001 looks more interesting to me...

To actually live to see the new millenium, you'll need to hang in there
for an additional 31,622,400 seconds, which is 86,400 seconds per day
times 366 (since 2000 *is* a leap year, being evenly divisible by 400).
Or, put the other way round, it's 100 million seconds from 2:13:20 PM,
October 31, 1997 to the new millenium. 131 million seconds certainly
sounds like a lot more than 4 years or so, doesn't it?

Happy Halloween,