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A Sarcastic Calendar
By Solveig Singleton
December 26, 1999
This tongue-in-cheek "Government Certified Y2K-Compliant Calendar" from Protasis, Inc. of Virginia offers "Reassuring Comments from Prominent Citizens." The calendar, of course, is neither government-certified nor reassuring, which is the best part.
It offers actual quotes from individuals who in some way tried to explain or explain away what the impact of the Y2K bug will be -- and includes appropriate illustrations.
An example: "When it comes to the fizzle factor--the degree to which an expected event fails to live up to its hype--the 'millennium bug' (aka Y2K) will prove to be the standard against which all other overhype is measured. Not for 1,000 years or so has so much dread been provoked, and so much money made, in preparation for something that will amount to so little." -- from author Fred Moody.
Buy this calendar for the opportunity to reflect upon or to mock (perhaps by candlelight, perhaps by florescent) upon how human beings -- the curious creatures we are -- insist on predicting the future with absolute confidence in spite of our general ignorance of the complexity of life.
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