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#TBT: Y2K AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF

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That awkward moment when the world was going to end in 1844 … and then periodically up until #2012. At this rate it will probably ‘end’ again in another five years.

But hey, remember that big one? When we were little pre-teens, children, even? Y2K. Gosh. Now what was that all about?

What a throwback.

This video is actually hysterical (both in the inducing hysteria way back in good ol’ 1999, and in being sheer comic entertainment now, in the futuristic 2013):

Please. Tell me the background music doesn’t give you the tinglies down your back.

THE COMPUTERS ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

Or all collectively crash? (Now that would be scary).

Or just… reset?

Wait. What exactly is supposed to happen?

I don’t think people even really knew back then. Ittie bittie eight-year-old me certainly didn’t. Nor, apparently did the 34 percent of polled Americans who planned on stocking up with food, or my neighbors who filled their bathtub with water before heading out to their New Year’s party, or my ittie bittie eight-year-old friends, who at midnight opened the window with great, big, solemn eyes to say

“Goodbye 1999. Hello … nothing?”

Maybe we should all have a designated “end of the world” pantry to be used whenever these scares are revealed.

Because apparently if the world ends,

we’ll still want some grub.


About ANUSHKA MEHTA

Anushka Mehta is from Cairo, Egypt. She's still trying to figure out how to fit in at a Boston local paper when all she knows is tourist Boston. Suggestions on crazy things to do to help revoke said Tourist Status are welcome.
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One Response to #TBT: Y2K AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF

  1. Marc Marc says:

    Funny Y2K memory – I was working at the Portland Phoenix at the time, and the company made the decision that all 3 papers would produce the first paper of 2000 (the January 5th issue) a week in advance just in case all technology crashed on December 31st. So we put 2 papers out that final week of December (not without the edit staff laughing at the hubris of thinking that in a world that had just been shattered by the devastating failure of all computers, it was vital that we deliver a newspaper filled with information produced before the calamity happened).
    Of course the REAL reason we did it was to make sure that even in a world that had just been shattered by the devastating failure of all computers, we would still be able to bill all of our regular advertisers for that week’s ad!