FLASH! Cairo, Jan 1st - 'Plane Falls Out Of Sky Over Egypt, Ruins Huge Celebrity Party At Pyramids; Terrified Camel Bolts Off Into Desert With George Bush, Disrupting Secret Elite Ceremony Due To Occur In Recently-Discovered Chamber Below Sphinx's Paw; Kissinger Refuses To Loan Own Camel For Rescue Attempt, Asks If U.N. Troops Have Entered Los Angeles Yet"

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They'd better all be right about Y2K being a 'non-event'...)

November 28, 1999
Y2K just an excuse to party By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Party beneath the pyramids in ballgowns after crossing the desert on a camel. Plunge into the waves at the 180th meridian for a midnight millennium dive. Plant first-light footprints in the snows of Kilimanjaro.

Or try the millennial mush: A dogsled ride into the wilds of Ontario for a champagne soiree under the Milky Way.

The choices for ringing in the New Year are endless. From mountaintops to ocean floors, the world will go a bit mad on Dec. 31, 1999, celebrating a madcap non-event. The real millennium, after all, doesn't arrive until a year later.

But 2000 is the magic number.

Robin Banerjee of Call of the Wild, an Ontario travel company, is organizing a dogsled extravaganza in the frozen forests of Algonquin Park.

A New York tour company has signed up a Nevada family to spend New Year's Eve scaling Africa's tallest peak. As the sun rises on Jan. 1, they will plant their footsteps in the snows of Kilimanjaro.

Those who prefer champagne in the desert can dance among Egypt's dunes in the shadow of the Sphinx.

In Britain, passengers can steam through the night steeped in Old World elegance aboard the Orient Express.

Peruvians will be busy with rituals and offerings to the moon at Sacsayhuaman, the Incan temple in Cuzco.

Some people will be chasing time-zones on supersonic Concorde jetliners, spending up to $75,000 each to take in capital cities around the world.

However, for some, the day is spiritual, and prayers, chants and church bells will echo around the world. [ENDS] Footnotes, for the scholarly:

1. George Bush is reportedly attending a 'ceremony at the Pyramids at New Years.

2. Henry K. is on record as asserting that Los Angeles residents will be grateful for those U.N. troops.

3. No, we don't have a copy of the passenger list for that plane.

-- John Whitley (jwhitley@inforamp.net), November 29, 1999


-- (bold@off.please), November 29, 1999.

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