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Dear Cassius, Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? This change from BC to AD is giving us a lot of headaches and we haven't much time left. I don't know how people will cope with working the wrong way around. Having been working happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards. You would think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it to us to sort it all out at this last minute. I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that Julius hadn't done something about it when he was sorting out the calendar. He said he could see why Brutus turned nasty. We called in the consulting astrologers, but they simply said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work. As usual, the consultants charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hour glass flowing upwards. We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who have been working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all over. Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition. Anyway we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K problem and I will send you a parchment if anything further develops. Vale. Plutonius
-- Plutonius (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 11, 1999
LOL...it reminds me of an old brain teaser:
"An archeologist claims to have discovered a coin dated 39 B.C. Do you believe his story, and why?"
-- Kevin (email@example.com), January 11, 1999.
Great story! One hitch in it though. The Romans didn't have the idea of "zero" as a number The Arabs figured it out in the 8th Century A.D.
-- Tom Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 12, 1999.
>> Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.
The more things change...
Made all the more interesting by those who are persuaded that millenium change = apocalypse, and will behave accordingly. Yikes.
-- Grrr (email@example.com), January 12, 1999.