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Posers and Puzzles

  1. 11 Aug '06 16:56
    So this one got me thinking yesterday, which day did the 60's end, was it December 31, 1969 or did they end January 1, 1970?

    Technically the 60's were still going until the last unit of time on December 31, so I don't see how that could be it, but the 60's were already over by January 1...hmmm...
  2. 11 Aug '06 17:30
    it ended at 00.00 January 1st 1970, in the same way that you are, 25 years old right until the moment you turn 26, and at the precice moment that the clock flicks to 00.00 all of the time in the 1960's has expired.
  3. 11 Aug '06 17:47
    The present decade is often called the Noughties. I wonder what the next one will be called.
  4. 11 Aug '06 19:09
    Tennies, which will suck.
  5. 11 Aug '06 19:55
    Originally posted by thespacemonkey
    Tennies, which will suck.
    The Naughties suck, too.
  6. 11 Aug '06 20:00
    Originally posted by ThudanBlunder
    The Naughties suck, too.
    Too freakin' right, roll on the Twenties! We can bring back swing!
  7. 11 Aug '06 21:53
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    So this one got me thinking yesterday, which day did the 60's end, was it December 31, 1969 or did they end January 1, 1970?

    Technically the 60's were still going until the last unit of time on December 31, so I don't see how that could be it, but the 60's were already over by January 1...hmmm...
    This is a veryinteresting question!

    If I say that (which is true) that the year 0 didn't exist. 31 of december year 1 B.C. was succeded by 1 of january year 1 A.D. (Beleive me on this.)

    Then the first year of the first decennium started at year 1. Right?
    The 2nd year started year 2. Etc. The 10th year started the year 10 and lasted until the 31th of December year 10 A.D. Right? The first decennium didn't have only nine years, that's silly.

    Okey, what about the 196th decennium?
    What day and what year did it start? Answer: The 1st of January 1961, 196 decennia after the very first started.
    And when did it end? Answer: Ten years after, i.e. the 31th december 1970.

    Seems a little odd at first but when you think about there never was a year zero everything makes sense.

    So there is the reason that I had two millenium anniversaries. One when everyone had it and one when it actually occurred.
  8. 11 Aug '06 22:36
    What is your source saying that there was no 0AD?
  9. Standard member XanthosNZ
    Cancerous Bus Crash
    12 Aug '06 03:59 / 1 edit
    Also neither 1 BC nor 1 AD were known as that until later. And they are only a dubiously calculated arbitary point in time anyway.

    EDIT: As for there being no year zero that's how it was done when it was first proposed.

    "Bede was the first historian to use a BC year and hence the first to adopt the convention of no year 0 between BC and AD, in his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum."
  10. 12 Aug '06 08:30
    Originally posted by thespacemonkey
    What is your source saying that there was no 0AD?
    There are several souces that this is the case.
    Google is a known source of information.

    Those who definded our calendar system were not matematicians...
  11. 12 Aug '06 09:27
    Fair enough, I wasn't challenging it, I had just never heard that before, I mean I'd head the 2001-Millenium thing at the time, but didn't really look into it.

    From that I'd say that the 196th- Decennium ended Dec 31st 1960/ Jan 1st 1961 though, in the same way that the 20th century ended by that logic on Dec 31st 2000/ Jan 1st 2001. Meaning the 196th Decennium started in the 50's.
  12. 12 Aug '06 09:33
    Originally posted by XanthosNZ
    Also neither 1 BC nor 1 AD were known as that until later. And they are only a dubiously calculated arbitary point in time anyway.
    Yes, I am also with you on the arbitary nature of our calendar.
  13. 12 Aug '06 14:24
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Okey, what about the 196th decennium?
    What day and what year did it start? Answer: The 1st of January 1961, 196 decennia after the very first started.
    And when did it end? Answer: Ten years after, i.e. the 31th december 1970.
    Erratum:

    I wrote 196th decennium, but I should write 197th decennium.
    The 107th decennium started at 1st of January 1961.
    The 1st decennium occurred during the years 1 to 10 AD inclusive and that was what I forgot.
  14. 12 Aug '06 14:36
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Erratum:

    I wrote 196th decennium, but I should write 197th decennium.
    The 107th decennium started at 1st of January 1961.
    The 1st decennium occurred during the years 1 to 10 AD inclusive and that was what I forgot.
    Fair enough, I was just answering the question.
  15. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    13 Aug '06 05:48
    Isn't it like the way we define centuries also, like the end of century 20 was december 31, 2000 and the 21st century did not start till jan 1 2001.