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For those of you who don't know, "Gilligan's Island" was a very silly
television program of the late 1960's, early '70's that is sort of an Icon
of American culture.  Had a very catchy theme song that has been burned
into the brains of many of us who grew up on it.

Anway, I take no credit (or blame :) for the below--it was passed on to
me.  Thought some of the Y2K'ers might be amused....




                   TWO DIGITS FOR A DATE
        (to the tune of "Gilligan's Island," more or less)

  Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
  Of the doom that is our fate.
  That started when programmers used
  Two digits for a date.
  Two digits for a date.

  Main memory was smaller then;
  Hard disks were smaller, too.
  "Four digits are extravagant,
  So let's get by with two.
  So let's get by with two."

  "This works through 1999,"
  The programmers did say.
  "Unless we rewrite before that
  It all will go away.
  It all will go away."

  But Management had not a clue:
  "It works fine now, you bet!
  A rewrite is a straight expense;
  We won't do it just yet.
  We won't do it just yet."

  Now when 2000 rolls around
  It all goes straight to hell,
  For zero is less than ninety-nine,
  As anyone can tell.
  As anyone can tell.

  The mail won't bring your pension check
  It won't be sent to you
  When you're no longer sixty-eight,
  But minus thirty-two.
  But minus thirty-two.

  The problems we're about to face
  Are frightening, it's for sure.
  And reading every line of code is
  The only certain cure.
  The only certain cure.

  [key change, big finish]
  There's not much time,
  There's too much code.
  (And Cobol-coders, few)
  When the century is finished with,
  We may be finished, too.
  We may be finished, too.

  Eight thousand years from now I hope
  That things weren't left too late,
  And people aren't then lamenting
  Four digits for a date.
  Four digits for a date