Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2000 11:13:38 EST Conchologists of America List Conchologists of America List Sarah Watson Re: 2000 - did you know? (NSR) text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

The year 2000 (haha it only took me 4) is NOT the millennium. I'll give you an example: Count to ten (10)

Come on do it

I thought so, you started with 1.

That's how the Romans thought when they created this calendar. The number 0 did not exist. The concept of the number zero did not exist for another 300 years. Therefore, they started their year with the number 1. That would make the years 1 - 10 a decade. In order to have the next decade have 10 years, the numbers would have to be 11-20. The next would be 21-30 and so on. If you add a few zeros you will see that in fact, the year 2000 is the END of the millennium. So y'all partied early and have to do it again next year.

It is easy to see how people thought the year 2000 would be the beginning of a new century as well as a new millennium. We understand the concept of the number 0 and begin many things with 0. When measuring shells, we start the ruler or calipers with 0 (or one and subtract one when the final measurement is reached).

BTW, I thought Paris had the best display followed by Washington, DC. London's display really didn't photograph as well as I thought it would. I saw Paris live, but had to watch DC on taped delay because I just "Had" to see the cheesy little silver coconut fall from the tallest palm tree on the motel's property.

Another piece of useless info: When I was a senior in High School we referred to the class of 2000 as the class of NOTHING.

Happy New Year (and NOT millennium) Sarah

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