To compound the problem, a Senate minority, lead by Kenstarrius, took time
out from pursuing accusations of impropriety by the Emperor with a certain
slave girl, numbered ML , consulted with exiled Greek philosophers
Hemorrhoides and Testiclees, who argued from a non-Pythagorean viewpoint,
that the oi polloi would not understand the year 'zero', and therefore AD or
CE should start with 1. Thus Y1K was easier to solve, though it was
recognized and debated at length that millenia would start at 1001, 2001,
etc., and confusion would arise because of these not being nice round
numbers. The Romans issued a caveat, the Greeks passed the Hi-C hemlock
around, put on their Nike's, in honour of their hosts, and waited for the
arrival of a comet portended in the East.
'If it ain't broke, break it'
Functional Technology Leader
Boeing Philadelphia Prototyping Center
> From: Bruce[SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 1999 4:56 PM
> To: 'RP Mail List'
> Subject: Y2K Humor
> Translated from Latin scroll dated 2BC
> > Dear Cassius:
> > Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? This change from BC to
> > 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
> > working happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking
> > 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 Consultus, but he
> > simply said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work and as
> > usual charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. Surely we will not
> > to throw out all our hardware and start again? Macrohard will make yet
> > another fortune out of this I suppose.
> > The money lenders are paranoid of course! They have been told that all
> > usury rates will invert and they will have to pay their clients to take
> > out loans. Its an ill wind ......
> > As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing
> > 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.
> > I have heard that there are plans to stable all horses at midnight at
> > turn of the year as there are fears that they will stop and try to run
> > backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of life.
> > 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
> > I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops.
> > If you have any ideas please let me know,
> > Plutonius
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