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22 Oct
End of the World, Part 2

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 97 23:11:12 -0700
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Subject: End of the World, Part 2

From: (Robert Reynolds)

A year ago the BBC mentioned that the world, created (according to Bishop
Usher) on October 23, 4004 BC and destined to last 6000 years, should therefore
come to an end on October 23, 1996.  They (and I in relaying this news to you)
forgot that there was no "year zero" and so were off by one.
[A number of people mentioned this last year, too...  -psl]

October 23, 1997 will indeed be the 6000th birthday of the world (on this
model), and I urge everyone to make appropriaate preparations.

Meanwhile, apologies for last year's error.

[And let's see, on October 24th we can discuss how, since September, 1752  
only had 19 days (unix users should run "% cal 9 1752"), then the 6000th  
birthday should really be 11 days later, on November 3, 1997... and then ...   

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