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The apocalypse challenge – day 4: The Y2K Bug

Enough music, films and TV. Serious times call for serious topics.

This is day 4 of my apocalypse challenge. Over 10 days, I’m posting about catastrophes and almost-armageddons which had a big influence on me personally, and that also nearly destroyed the world.

The Apocalypse Challenge:

Day 4 – The Y2K Bug

Enough doom and gloom. There’s nothing to say that an apocalypse challenge can’t be fun too! So, for my third selection, I’m choosing the one global catastrophe from my lifetime that came bundled with a huge party.

As we reached the end of the 20th century, most people were planning Millennium parties, but a few buzzkill scientists were going around warning everybody about a “Y2K” bug. They claimed that computers with only two digits in their “year” databases would malfunction when the calendar ticked over from ’99’ to ’00’ at the start of the year 2000.

Nobody really likes computer geeks, especially when they’re harshing everybody’s mellow by prattling on about how companies needed to rewrite all their code and consumers had to back up their laptops, reset their clocks and be prepared for other inconveniences – such as all the airplanes falling out of the sky, power grids failing and the world being plunged into chaos. Blah blah blah.

Of course, everybody ignored all of this worry-warting and partied like it was 1999. Because it was. And after all, what’s more exciting than a party where you’re not sure if everyone there is going to survive the night?

As you know now, the promised pandemonium didn’t happen and all those revelers – once they got over their hangovers – were quick to congratulate themselves for not falling prey to another case of unnecessary doomsday hype. And the engineers and programmers who had actually prevented a global catastrophe…?

Who cares? They were nerds.



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