This really made me chuckle . . .

“The last year of the nineteenth century began on January 1, 1900. The ‘civilized’ world, less numerate than it thought it was, celebrated the beginning of the twentieth century on that New Year’s Day . . . .” (William Everdell, The First Moderns, p. 159)

I guess the civilized world wasn’t any more “numerate” a hundred years later, when it celebrated the new millennium a year early!

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