Volume 92, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 3, 1999


OPINIONS

Modern form of discrimination

Country living

Costly mistakes can be made by everybody

Never asked for varsity

Millennium bugs

White male generalization

Cleaning up campus vandalism

The not so Canadian game

Millennium bugs



Re: Y2K: Problem or paranoia, Feb. 16



To the Editor:

While recently walking by the television sets in the University Community Centre, I noticed the apparent "millennium" countdown. I couldn't help but laugh as this countdown like many others who have been caught up in the idea, proliferated by pop culture, that the millennium starts Jan. 1, 2000.

Countless other organizations have been snared in the same trap. News conglomerates report on the Y2K "millennium," travel agencies will gladly offer you a "millennium" package tour in the year 2000 and yes even our own Gazette has succumbed to this fictional event (see Feb. 16's Focus on the "Y2K millennium bug").

However, this does present a golden opportunity to take advantage of the stupidity of the masses. Book a cruise at one of those travel agencies that leaves port Dec. 31, 1999 and doesn't get back until the next millennium. One could save themselves thousands of dollars on a year-long vacation. This kind of a bargain doesn't come along every thousand years.

"But, why," you ask, "does the millennium fall on the first day of the year 2001?" When the modern dating system was created (approximately 600 AD) the transition from BC to AD was not buffered by the year zero. So the thousand-year count started with 1 AD. Think what would have happened to the Roman Empire if they had to exist for one year without a means of representing the date. The empire would have likely collapsed.

The next time you see a false countdown for the "millennium" remember to add those extra 366 days.

Kyle Gascoigne
Engineering I



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