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Y2K Doomsday Hysteria As the year 2000 approached, dire predictions of 'Y2K' major computer malfunctions were predicted for Monday, January 1, 2000. Why? It was feared that the majority of the world's computers--which operated with only a two-digit date to account for the year--would crash because of the double zero. The doomsday crowd predicted the infrastructures of cities would cease to function, transportation systems would come to a screeching halt, financial institutions would be rendered helpless, and chaos would generally be widespread. Businesses small and large were frantically urged to upgrade their computers by the end of 1999 to four-digit years. Companies that sold survival gear reported increased sales as some overly concerned people prepared for civilization around them to crumble. It didn't happen. Only a few minor incidents were reported on January 1, 2000 and the days that followed--which were all quickly rectified. Among the problems: The clock at the U.S. Naval Observatory claimed the date was 'January 1, 19100.' The same peculiar date was reported on computers at some Japanese government offices. About 150 slot machines would not work at a Delaware casino. A Buffalo, NY man who returned a video rental a day late was given a bill that said he owed more than $36,500. (Presumably the video store's computer calculated a 100-year late fee.) Italy and South Korea, two countries regarded as not being especially well prepared for Y2K, had as few problems as zealously prepared countries, leading many people to conclude the Y2K hand-wringing and hysteria was largely unwarranted.
Tags: Y2K  hysteria  computers 
Added: 17th December 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Remebering Y2K Was it real or a way for computer programmers to make a lot of money?
Tags: Remebering  Y2K,  Leonard  Nimoy,  apocalypse,  bottle  water,  y2k  scare,  y2k 
Added: 30th December 2010
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Posted By: pfc
Reebok Y2K Commercial Tags: Reebok  Y2K  Commercial,  Reebok,  Y2K,  Scare 
Added: 30th December 2010
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Posted By: pfc
Nabisco Pinwheels Nabisco's Pinwheel cookies were marshmallow on a cookie covered in chocolate. Similar to Mallowmars but better in my opinion. Nabisco said it has discontinued it in the mid 70's but I remember enjoying them past Y2K.
Tags: Nabisco  Pinwheels  cookies  marshmallow  cookie  chocolate  Mallomars  delicious 
Added: 28th December 2014
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Posted By: Old Fart

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