The Infamous Y-to-K Project


At the end of 1997, businesses over the world were in a pannic because of the supposed Y2K Computer glitch that was going to bring computers and technology to a complete halt and end the world at midnight on December 31, 1999.  Y2K Commissions and projects were started to address these problems and teams worked for almost three straight years to find possible solutions.  It is estimated that 49 trillion dollars was spent.  One team took a very creative approach to the project, and was pleased to finish their work in June of 1999 and handed in their report as follows: 

Dear Sirs,

You will be pleased to know our staff has completed the planned 18 months of work ahead of schedule and in record time.  Most importantly we are on budget.

We have painstakingly checked through every line of code in every program in every system throughout the company. We have analyzed all databases, all data files, including backups and historic archives, and modified all the data to properly reflect the changes.

We are proud to report that we have completed the "Y-to-K" date change mission to reflect your new standards. All dates now appear in the form of: Januark, Februark, March, April, Mak, June, Julk, August, September, October, November, December.

As well, we have corrected all days as: Sundak, Mondak, Tuesdak, Wednesdak, Thursdak, Fridak, Saturdak

We trust that this is satisfactory, because to be honest, none of this Y-to-K problem has made any sense to our team. But we understand it is a global problem, and our team is glad to help in any way possible.

We do have one question though, what does the year 2000 have to do with all of this?

Speaking of which, what do you think we ought to do when the two digit year rolls over from 99 to 00? We could be in for some real problems as most computers won't understand the difference between 2000 an 1900 and 1800 etc.

We await your direction.
The Y-To-K Team

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On Being British
A British daily newspaper ran a contest asking its readers "What does it mean to be British?" Here is the winning response:

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