Everyone expects this weekend’s shut down of the 405 freeway to be a disaster. They’re even calling it “carmageddon”.
But we were wondering if things will be nearly as bad as everybody thinks, and it reminded us of a few other times when we thought the world was coming to an end. Tell us if you were concerned about any of these forewarned disasters that in the end had zero impact on our daily lives.
Y2K: We were all still partying like it was 1999 until computer programmers warned the country about the massive glitch in the software that could cause a major shutdown of their systems. All this time, digital software had been abbreviating four-digit dates into two, and their concern about the roll-over to ’00’ would cause all storage dates to become invalid and systems would break down.
The media pounded us with warnings over major computer crashes, failed security systems of our bank accounts and more, power shutting down with fear of causing riots and looting, and to stock up on necessities in case of an emergency…but once clocked ticked down to the new millennium and the lights were still shining, we realized it was all just hype.
After nothing happened, we were just left wondering what to do with all that extra toilet paper, water and canned corn we stocked up on.