Note from a friend (are you sitting down?) : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

"So I'm walking through Eatons, a big department store up here. And what do my eyes behold....

Y2K clothing for kids. All kinds of little t-shirts and sweatshirts. Kinda had a Disney look to them. 'Hurray! Year 2000 is coming.' 'Y2K' in huge letters, etc etc etc. A mom was holding one up. "These are really cute!'

If your doombrood is even half right....."


"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." ---[anon]

-- Hallyx (, March 24, 1999


"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." ---[anon]

Thanks, Hallyx. I like that.

Incredible, but sad to say, very believable. Baaaaa.


-- Mercy (, March 24, 1999.

Hallyx, it is such a pleasure to see you posting again! Thanks. It's made our day several days now.

-- Leska (, March 24, 1999.

This may be hard for some people to believe, but some people simply think Y2K means year 2000, and don't know or worry about the computer aspect. There is an entire line of fashion displaying the logo 01-01-00 or something like that.

Pollyannas are always saying that we see too much in things. They may have a (weak) point.

-- King of Spain (, March 24, 1999.

Thanks, Hallyx, for the good quote. ] "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."


It is also inadvisable to forget the power of the Lone Idiot to create confusion and distraction.

Examples abound (elsewhere) on this board.

-- Greybear (, March 24, 1999.

Dear Hallyx,

Glad to see you back. I enjoy your wisdom, as well as so many others here.

"Microbial warfare programs could be established as yet another program, in the search for the perfect program, to program the children of our nation in the never-ending quest to educate them. This program would eliminate the need to post signs, and pictures for those who can't read, in restrooms to Wash Your Hands after You Leave the Toilet. It would show them that after they rest, they might have dirtied their hands. They must be taught that what they can't see could kill them, or at least make them ooze pus. And pus always stinks.

"Maybe the reenactment of BWI could replace the Civil War reenactment performed recently in high schools in my state. To bring the Civil War alive for the students, and to goof off while the teacher goofed off as well, they hurled water balloons and paint balls at each other. This could give them the mistaken notion that shooting cannonballs at their brothers and sisters had been fun for our forefathers. Since it was not, the reenactment of BWI could replace this historical water balloon-paintball hurling program. It could also be done in greater comfort since drenching each other in February is somewhat annoying, especially if you spent twenty minutes that morning coloring and spiking your hair."

-- Not Again! (, March 24, 1999.

I don't know if it's original with him, but I first heard 'Never underestimate the power of human stupidity' from Robert Heinlein.

Greybear, the Lone Idiot observation is well made!

-- Cowardly Lion (, March 24, 1999.

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