OT: Happy Holidays

From: Hans Franke <Hans.Franke_at_mch20.sbs.de>
Date: Mon Dec 27 11:08:51 1999

> > >century (and the 2nd millennium). The new millennium starts on 01/01/2001.
> > Hey, Tony, I thought all computer types counted 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9!

> Had _I_ been designing a calendar, there would have been a year 0. And a
> century 0. And a millennium 0. And, for that matter, a zeroth of every
> month. We'd currently be in the 19th century (and at the end of the 1st
> millennium).

Well, even when there yould have been a Year Zero (Which I had
realy apreciated - just the idea of 0 as a number wasn't ready
to be used all over), we still would be in the 20th century. The
difference is just that one century isn't couted from x01 to
(x+1)00 but rater x00 to x99.

> But that's not the calendar we all use. The 19th century ended on
> 31/12/1900, and the 20th centrury started on 01/01/1901. That's within
> living memory (just). Now, if you can honestly justify a century of 99
> years, I'd love to know how.

Because ?


> Celebrate the year 2000 if you want. But don't call it the start of the
> next millennium.

Jep, just one more thing:

> Merry Christmas/Newtonsday [1]/Halloween [2]/Midwinter/whatever else you
> [1] Sir Isaac Newton was born 25th December 1642

This implies that the 25th is the relevant day all over ...
Just, over here the 24th is Weihnachten - the evening of the
24th is the holy thing ... etc. pp. the 25th has only a
relevance of getting a day off work :) (Not usable this year).


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