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The year 2000 odyssey

Experts say the millennium begins in 2001 not in 2000, when most people will actually be celebrating it. 2001 is the correct date thanks to the mathematical shortcomings of western culture in the first millennium AD

By Dick Teresi   November 1997

When does the new millennium begin-in 2000 or in 2001? The people (and their governments) have voted with their chequebooks for the former. Travel bookings are brisk for the end of 1999. Favourite destinations include the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and Machu Picchu in Peru. Civic leaders in Nazareth are building 2,000 new hotel rooms in anticipation of the crush. Islands located a hair’s breadth west of the International Date Line are vying to be the first to usher in the millennium-and for the dollars accompanying it-despite the fact that it will be hurricane season.

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