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Almost Like It's 1999

The Millediem Celebration
 
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When January 1, 2000 came and went, we noted sadly that it was a thing we'd never see in our lifetimes and that generations would be born and die before the world could again note the transition from one millennium to another.

But maybe there's something else we could do to capture at least a bit of that party-like-it's-1999 excitement. There's a calendar system used in astronomy and some other sciences called Julian dating. It's basically a sequential series of numbered days starting from noon Universal Time on January 1, 4713 BCE. So today, May 21, 2004 CE, for example, is day 2,453,146 on the Julian calendar.

So what I propose is that the world observe the passage of every thousandth day on the Julian calendar. I call this the Millediem Celebration (Mille = thousand, diem = day). I actually thought about this back in 2000, but I forgot to make noise about it, which is sorta too bad--we could have observed April Fool's Day 2001 (day 2,452,000 on the Julian calendar) with a Millediem Celebration. We've also missed December 27, 2003 (day 2,453,000).

Next one is September 22, 2006 (day 2,454,000)

So there, I've passed on my idea to the world. I hope someone will see this and blog it, set up a website, tell Dave Barry (that's how Talk Like A Pirate Day got to be a big deal) etc. If anyone has any ideas for getting this ball rolling, I'd be eager to hear them.

cranford, May 21 2004

Kiloday Celebrations http://www.halfbake...oday_20Celebrations
yes lostdog, Great Satan already did this as 1000 day birthdays [FarmerJohn, Oct 17 2004]

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       That means we're heading toward the all-important 212,025,600,000th second. Short party though.
Worldgineer, May 21 2004
  

       Aww shucks, I think I missed your big party, [World].
Letsbuildafort, May 21 2004
  

       No, it's on Sept 22 of 06 as well. At midnight. Exactly.
Worldgineer, May 21 2004
  

       more parties are good.
schematics, May 21 2004
  

       What ball? Rolling where?   

       My advice is to 1) start a website detailing your idea and 2) contact Dave Barry about it. This is a surefire way to make meleldium day a success. *sigh* I don't have the patience to wait for the next one. Just tell me when it happens. +
k_sra, May 21 2004
  

       Think I'll stick to partying every 7 days.
DrCurry, May 22 2004
  

       Another excuse for a party = Tasty Pastry (+)   

       Will there be free naan's at the Curry party fine Dr?
silverstormer, May 22 2004
  

       I'm with DrCurry on this ...
Letsbuildafort, May 22 2004
  

       Tuesday, April 1, year 132183 should be a decent party then [cranford]! +
cromagnon, May 23 2004
  

       I've thought of a pitfall. Julian dates begin at Noon UT (or GMT). That means that day 2,454,000 begins at 8:00 AM on the US East Coast (and 5:00 AM on the West Coast)! Clearly, people aren't going to get up the crack o' dawn (or earlier) and convene for a party to count down to the beginning of 2454000.0000.   

       We didn't have this problem for the millenium celebration, because the beginning of 2000 swept around the planet like a wave, and partyers everywhere could count down to local midnight. But day 2,454,000 begins simultaneously everywhere, and some people will be in bed, others at work.   

       We need consensus. Should we agree to party the first evening of every 1,000th day? We'd skip the counting-down bit, unless you live in, say, Russia where noon UT occurs in the evening hours.   

       What does anyone else think? What would make the celebration of day 2,454,000 the most fun?
cranford, May 25 2004
  

       Observing it on 2,454,001 would help as we celebrated the beginning of the new millennium an entire year early in 2000.
Zanzibar, May 25 2004
  

       I don't want to get into the 2000 vs 2001 debate, except to say that it doesn't apply here. The reason that many say that the 20th century began Jan 1 1901, and the third millennium began Jan 1 2001 is this: There was no year 0, therefore the first century was 1-100, the second was 101-200, the 19th was 1801-1900, 20th was 1901-2000, 2nd millenium was 1001-2000, therefore 21st century/3rd millennium begins 2001.   

       This is differenent. In the Julian system there IS a day 0. Therefore, the first 1,000 days (the first millediem, to use the word I have admittedly made up) went from 0-999. We're now in the 2,454th millediem, which ends on day 2,453,999. The next millediem begins on day 2,454,000.   

       Please let's not argue about this. There is absolute agreement that the Julian system begins with 0, therefore multiples of 10, 100, 1,000 etc begin on days ending in 0, not 1.
cranford, May 25 2004
  

       Fair enough. Have your passion and eat it too, if that's what you want.
Zanzibar, May 25 2004
  

       And if you are from multiple planets you can celebrate many 1000 day parties. +
sartep, May 25 2004
  

       I'm sure someone here posted an idea for 1,000 day birthdays or suchlike. I've hunted about but I can't find it. Still, good idea anyway (and different enough to be different), so +.
lostdog, May 25 2004
  

       //And if you are from multiple planets you can celebrate many 1000 day parties//   

       Yay! finally, somebody thinks about us!
Pericles, May 25 2004
  
      
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