scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Millenniums and birthdays and counting
Sat Nov 20 1999 - 15:17:35 CST
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> There is a difference between being 2000 years old and being in one's
> 2000th year. That difference is one day...your birth anniversary, but
> unless one is getting very detailed, it is generally reported as a year.
> A boy born in 1979 is in his 21st year but was only 20 yrs old on his
> last birth anniversary.
> On that basis, I find it clear and convincing that the millennium will
> roll over at 12:01 am on 1-1-2000.
><and more snip><
I'll buy that.
The problem starts because mathematically, the Romans did
not have the concept of a "zero-th" position. (Think about
it. You don't even have to look it up. What is the Roman
numeral for zero? 8^) )
Further compounding the problem, we didn't even know when it
was year zero because we were on the Julian calendar and
year zero was something like year 45. Later, in the 16th
century, when Pope Gregory started fooling around with the
calendar again to straighten out the year zero mess, no one
was around who remembered either of the "zero years" and it
was far too late to worry over the Y1K problem.
If we were on the islamic calendar, we wouldn't have to deal
with Y2K for about 500 more years. If we were on the Jewish
Calendar, the problem would be well behind us, including
Y3K. Both of those guys obviously new about zero.