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QOTD - Y1.9K

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Submitted-by: Matt Cohen  Jan. 21, 2000

"In the daily press we find a fierce epistolary battle raging between
 those who believe that the year 1899 marks the close of the nineteenth
 century and those who hold that not until 1901 shall we cross the
 threshold to the new era.  It seems so difficult to understand that
 1800, 1900, 2000, designates not the beginning, but the end of a
 century.  It is evident that there never was a year 0, that the century
 must begin with a 1.  A hundred years ago the same wordy war was waged;
 a hundred years hence it will be renewed."

 - _Scientific American_, January 1900

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